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Mini PHEV Sport

Mini Countryman PHEV Sport

REVIEW

Even though the new BMW-owned Mini brand has been around for over 15yrs now, people still seem to be intent on comparing them to the old, tiny Minis and saying they’re too big. Well, those people had better a) shut up and b) turn away now as the new Countryman is out and they’re really not going to like it. When the Countryman was originally launched it was a huge success as it brought the Mini’s funky styling and endless customisation to a family-friendly small SUV style body. But it was fairly small and that limited its market – well not any more. The new model has grown considerably and it now has a far more grown-up look too. Still definitely a Mini so as to not upset the current owners wanting to upgrade, but different enough. But you can’t market an SUV these days without a hybrid powertrain option so thankfully Mini has launched this, the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid, or PHEV for short. The PHEV takes a nifty little 1.5 litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine and teams it up with electric motors to produce 221bhp and nearly 400Nm of torque, which is more than enough to give this not-so-Mini a good turn of pace. The official 88.3mpg (more realistic figures than the old 115mpg thanks to the new WLTP test procedures) and 56g/km of CO2 are pretty impressive too. The future certainly isn’t fully electric yet, but it’s at least part of the way there!

Stats

Engine / CylsHybrid Power221bhp
Displacement1.5ltr Torque385 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed125mph
DrivetrainAWD CO256 g/km
MPG88.3 mpg Retail Price£33,995
0-62mph6.8secs Cash Alternative£27,000

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