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MINI Countryman Review Rundown

MINIPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Fastest petrol engine on the market
  • Decent range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains
Cons**
  • Pricier than alternatives

Summary

The latest Countryman features LED headlights, a new digital instrument panel, and a smartened-up infotainment system. Quality inside the Countryman remains impressive – as you'd expect for a car that demands a premium price for its size. The plug-in hybrid will make sense to many looking to reduce running costs or company car tax.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 59%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
Sales of the plug-in are climbing steadily, from 8% in 2017 to a quarter of the model’s UK output so far this year. It has lost a few BHP (now 217bhp, for which you can blame WLTP emissions tuning) but, as a plus, emits less CO2 and has a better official electric-only range: around 30 miles. The Countryman is like one of those celebrity impersonators you can hire for parties, who look the part but lack bona fide personality.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Sleek styling
  • Decent range
Cons[**]
  • No cowl for digital dials
  • Not the most fun to drive

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The MINI Countryman joined the MINI range in 2010. It was the brand’s first foray into SUVs, and it was by and large a good inaugural attempt. The first generation sold well all its life, and this Mk2 version continues to be popular. Launched in 2017 and refreshed again in 2020, the Countryman line-up includes a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant as well as petrol.
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Pros[**]
  • Comes with a range of engines
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Cheap to run

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The MINI Countryman PHEV has been around for three years and has just received a facelift. Customers had complained that the older model's ‘handlebar moustache’ grille made the car look a bit sad. The plug-in hybrid system retains its blend of 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor for a combined power output of 217bhp. The 10kWh battery gives an electric-only range of around 30 miles, which is replenished under braking.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful petrol engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Good range of engines
Cons[**]
  • Fiddly infotainment

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 43%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Countryman JCW has been updated to keep its appeal against rivals like the Volkswagen T-Roc and Audi Q2. The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit produces 302bhp and 450Nm of torque. It sends that drive to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. While the design might be bursting with character, the same can't be said of the engine. In Sport mode the amplified sound drones, but even the engine's natural soundtrack isn't the most appealing noise.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Good standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Not as agile as rivals
  • Rear legroom could be better

carmagazine[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The PHEV Countryman is a very rhythmic, fun car to drive. Although you feel the electric kit's additional weight under hard braking, it doesn't impact the Mini's cornering ability. It carves sweetly through bends, resisting body roll, at times feeling like the rear-drive unit is behaving like an e-diff and swivelling you into corners.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful petrol engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Good range
Cons[**]
  • Alternatives are more fun to drive

cnet[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 44%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The JCW Countryman's four-pot has a whole bunch of kick, but it's not mated to the most surefooted vehicle in this case. Mini's in-car tech is mostly carried over from its more expensive BMW siblings to good, but not perfect effect. Safety features are also on the limited side.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek styling
  • Fun infotainment tech
  • Good fuel economy
Cons[**]
  • Lack of in-car tech
  • Not the most fun to drive

cnet[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 26%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The Countryman Oxford's sole engine offering is the base 1.5-liter inline-3. Mini's little three-cylinder engine may be fine in purely urban environments, but once the roads open up, it's hard for this little guy to maintain pace. It's not very efficient, offering just 23 miles per gallon city and 32 mpg highway.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek styling
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Lack of standard equipment
  • Uncomfortable ride
  • No automatic climate control

cnet[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 41%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The Cooper S Countryman All4 starts at about $30,000 including delivery fees. The infotainment system is super responsive but isn't the most intuitive. The Countryman comes with forward-collision warning, but other advanced driver aids are nowhere to be found.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous styling
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • Unresponsive infotainment
  • Lack of advanced driver aids
  • No Android Auto

References

1. ^ Mini Countryman Cooper S E All4 Exclusive 2020 review. autocar. 2020-09-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ MINI Countryman review. autoexpress. 2020-10-23 Retrieved 2021-07-14.
3. ^ New MINI Countryman PHEV 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-09-23 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ New MINI Countryman JCW 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-04-23 Retrieved 2021-07-14.
5. ^ Mini Countryman Cooper S E All4 plug-in hybrid review: plug and play Mini. carmagazine. 2020-05-06 Retrieved 2021-07-14.
6. ^ 2020 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman review: Imperfect fun. cnet. 2020-05-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ 2021 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 review: Only fans. cnet. 2021-07-14 Retrieved 2021-07-14.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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