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.
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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)
Torque 284lb ft
Top speed 123mph
Gov't economy 134.5mpg
CO2/tax band 49g/km/9%
Insurance group 26
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