What used Mini Countryman hatchback will I get for my budget?
The Countryman’s not an old car yet, which is why prices are still moving relatively quickly. At the time of writing, they start at around £17,000 – though if you want to check the value of an example you’re looking at buying, you can do so using the free What Car? Valuations tool, at the link below.
How much does it cost to run a Mini Countryman hatchback?
The most efficient Countryman – the Cooper SD – achieves a useful 65.7mpg, while even the petrol-powered Cooper S returns a reasonable 45.6mpg. Beware, though, as adding four-wheel drive will dent fuel consumption, so only choose a model with it specified if you spend a lot of time off road.
All Countrymen registered after April 2017 will incur a flat rate of £140 a year in tax (although, in the unlikely event you happen to plump for a top-of-the-range model with loads of options fitted, its higher list price when new might have taken it over the £40,000 threshold for the higher rate of tax, meaning it’ll cost a wince-inducing £450 a year). It’s rare to find a Countryman registered before April 2017, but if you do, your tax bill will likely be rather lower – costs range from £20 a year for the Cooper D to £190 a year for the full-fat John Cooper Works All4.
Servicing costs for the Countryman will be higher than you’ll find for most small SUVs, although they should be broadly on a par with those of its chief premium rival, the Audi Q2.