Max­i­mum MINI with added hy­brid power and wow fac­tor

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - MOTORING NEWS - STEVE TEALE

WEL­COME TO the big­gest MINI ever. This is the Coun­try­man and is big­ger than any MINI in the brand’s 57-year his­tory.

More than that, it’s also the first MINI to come in plugin hy­brid form and is also bet­ter equipped than pre­vi­ous ver­sions with fea­tures such as elec­tronic tail­gate clos­ing.

And all mod­els come with his­pec fea­tures such as satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, touch­screen func­tion, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity and an emer­gency call sys­tem.

It also has some ‘wow’ fea­tures such as MINI Pic­nic Bench,a fold­out load­ing sill cush­ion on the lug­gage com­part­ment lid for out­door use.

The Coun­try­man is avail­able to or­der now and costs from £22,465 with first de­liv­er­ies in

TOUGH LOOKS: Fe­bru­ary. A MINI spokesman said: “The new MINI Coun­try­man is the big­gest and most ver­sa­tile model in the brand’s 57-year his­tory.

“With its larger ex­ter­nal di­men­sions, and in­creases in space through­out the cabin and lug­gage area, it of­fers oc­cu­pants even greater com­fort and a gen­uinely pre­mium am­bi­ence.”

Coun­try­man’s on-road and off-road abil­ity is ap­par­ent through­out its de­sign, which com­bines fa­mil­iar MINI styling with the tough look of a cross­over with ex­tended ground clear­ance, large wheel arches and short over­hangs.

For the first time MINI is of­fer­ing a plug-in hy­brid model with the new MINI Cooper S E Coun­try­man ALL4.

This new hy­brid fea­tures a tur­bocharged petrol en­gine and an elec­tric mo­tor, re­duc­ing fuel con­sump­tion to 134.5mpg yet also en­abling a 0-62 mph time of 6.9 sec­onds.

The rest of the line-up is pow­ered by an all-new range of en­gines from the lat­est

MINI TwinPower Turbo gen­er­a­tion.

With be­tween 136bhp and 192bhp, Coun­try­man can sprint from 0-62 mph in as lit­tle as 7.2 sec­onds, while fuel con­sump­tion reaches 64.2mpg and C02 emis­sions drop as low as 113g/km.

It is avail­able with both man­ual and Step­tronic gear­boxes and with front- and all-wheel drive.

The Coun­try­man is the big­gest model in the brand’s 57-year his­tory and is avail­able as a plug-in hy­brid.

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