In 2017, Mini Cooper joined the hybrid drivetrain revolution by introducing the Countryman Plug-In.
Two years later, in 2019, the British auto manufacturer celebrated two significant milestones; the car reached its 60th birthday, and it passed the 10 million vehicles sales mark. Minis are popular in the USA and considered national treasures in the UK. Across Europe, they’re in high demand.
The Mini Cooper S E Countryman, designated ALL4 – because of its all 4-wheel drive – was given a new-generation high-voltage battery that doesn’t in any way alter the car’s dimensions. The Lithium-ion battery’s gross energy capacity is 10.0 kWh. Positioned under the rear seat to save space, the updated battery can be fully recharged in about five hours from a standard wall socket, or in three hours and fifteen minutes from a charger. With a full charge on the battery, the PHEV uses its electric power at lower speeds until more power is in demand. At that point, the gas engine kicks-in. Pure-electric operating range is 17 miles.
The 2022 model has an EPA-Estimated total range of about 300 miles and a 73MPGe combined city/highway rating. The EPA says you’ll save $1,250 over 5 years driving one.
The 2022 version features two fresh exterior colors and optional piano black exterior trim, redesigned headlight & rear light union-jack design, updated front grille and bumper design, and multiple wheel options. Along with the standard premium interior features of the Countryman, our latest models have a new design for central instrument display, interior surfaces, seat upholstery, and new digital instrument cluster.
Also new for 2022, the MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid has 2 fresh exterior colors as well as updated headlights, rear union-jack light design and functions, redesigned front grille, multiple wheel options, updated central instrument display, interior surface and upholstery, and digital instrument cluster.
The hybrid system in the new Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s hybrid system uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor to generate a combined horsepower of 221 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot of power for a small car – considered one of the smallest SUVs on the market. The 87 hp e-motor is located on the rear axle, and offers hybrid-specific all-wheel-drive system power to the front or rear wheels as necessary. The ALL4 powers from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
The 2022 Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 comes in two trims: Signature (MSRP: $41,500) and Iconic (MSRP: $45,400). Both trims are eligible for a Federal Tax Credit of up to $5,002.
Signature trim features include: Contrast roof/mirrors, 18" alloy wheels, a Harman/Kardon Premium Sound System, a Touchscreen Navigation package, a Media System with 8.8" Display, LED headlights with cornering lights, a Rearview Camera and Park Distance Control.
The Iconic trim keeps those featues and adds a complete selection of paint colors and contrast roof/mirrors, a selection of premium leather upholstery, a Touchscreen Navigation Plus System, ALL4 Style Exterior Trim, Power front seats, Apple CarPlay, Parking Assistant, Active Cruise Control.
Just like all the other MINIs, the Countryman Hybrid Plug-in offers a cute and cheerful exterior design, a taller ride height, decent cargo rails, and a sporty body. The only indication this isn’t a standard Mini is a special badge over the charging port. Otherwise, you won’t know it’s a PHEV.
The Edmunds.com experts say: “The Countryman occupies an unusual place in the market. It's priced higher than other SUVs its size, such as the Buick Encore GX and Hyundai Kona, but in return it has a more upscale interior and greater performance potential. You might also consider the BMW X1 or Mercedes-Benz GLB; they're roomier and more luxurious but also more expensive. We do suggest shopping around to learn what style of SUV fits your needs best, but overall the Countryman should easily satisfy.”
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