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Mini Countryman S E Cooper All4 2017 review - verdict

It may be cheap for company car users, but with a limited electric range and average economy, the plug-in hybrid Countryman is a niche choice

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Mini Countryman Cooper S E charging

Should I buy one?

As with all plug-in hybrids, you have to fit a very specific set of parameters for the Countryman S E Cooper All4 to make sense. If you do lots of short journeys and can charge it regularly, you could run it in electric mode most of the time, saving money. It will also be kind to the pockets of company car drivers, thanks to the tiny tax burden it carries.

If, however, you do lots of longer journeys, a diesel Countryman makes more sense. Once out of electric range, the plug-in hybrid's fuel consumption increases to a point that it's less efficient than any regular Countryman.

Even ignoring this, there are cheaper, better equipped and more spacious small SUVs out there you should consider first, such as the and Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca.


What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5


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Rivals:

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 225xe


Mini Countryman Cooper S E All4

Engine size 1.5 turbo petrol, plus electric motor

Price £31,585 (before £2500 government grant)

Power 221bhp

Torque 284lb ft

0-62mph 6.8sec

Top speed 123mph

Gov't economy 134.5mpg

CO2/tax band 49g/km/9%

Insurance group 26

Airbags 8

Doors 5

Seats 5

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