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Total cash price £24,599. Borrowing £19,679 with a £4,920 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

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Mini Countryman buying guide

What Mini Countryman trim levels are there?

Once you’ve picked your engine, there’s a choice of three trim levels: Classic, Sport and Exclusive. Classic gets rear parking sensors, cruise control, sat nav, air conditioning and much more, while Sport adds – you guessed it – a sportier look. Here, that means bigger alloy wheels, black trim, a body kit, more hugging seats and John Cooper Works badges. Just don’t get it confused with the standalone JCW model, which has far greater performance.

Exclusive adds a dollop of luxury to proceedings, with leather seats, fancy badging and silver mirror caps and roof paint.

As standard, the Countryman Plug-in Hybrid also comes with charging cables, access to the Mini Charging scheme and cabin preconditioning – so you can get into a toasty warm car on frosty winter mornings. The hybrid is available in Classic and Exclusive trim levels.

Mini Countryman interior and technology

Like with the brand’s smaller models, the Countryman’s interior is dominated by a large circle in the middle of the dashboard. This plays host to the infotainment screen and a few buttons, as well as an ambient lighting ring that can illuminate for a number of different reasons. Below this are the climate control knobs, and a row of toggle switches that make you feel like you’re a pilot in the cockpit of a Boeing 747.

More recent Countrymans all come with an 8.8 touchscreen wedged neatly in the centre of the circle. It can also be controlled by a dial below the gearlever, and the system is a welcome reminder of BMW’s influence in the Countryman’s production. Once you’ve used it a few times it’s pretty easy to operate.

On the whole, the materials feel high-quality and luxurious. Cooper S models are brightened up inside with glossy red trim and red stitching. The sports seats in these versions are nice and snug.

Mini Countryman engine range explained

(Most popular) Mini Countryman Cooper 1.5 petrol

A 136hp engine starts the range, and this engine will be plenty for many buyers. Up to 45mpg is achievable, while 0-62mph acceleration takes less than 10 seconds. Both decent figures, those, and the Cooper should cost less in insurance and consumables than the more powerful engines…

Mini Countryman Cooper S 2.0 petrol

…Like the 178hp petrol engine in the Cooper S. This is a much quicker engine, getting from 0-62mph in under 7.5 seconds. Yet, Mini suggests you’ll be able to see 43mpg from it, although that’s unlikely if you stick it in Sport mode and enjoy the performance. Most Cooper S models are front-wheel drive, but original buyers could specify Mini’s All4 four-wheel-drive system so you might find a used All4 model from time to time.

Mini Countryman John Cooper Works 2.0 petrol

A few years ago, the Mini Countryman JCW had 231hp. Clearly, someone at Mini decided that wasn’t nearly enough, so newer versions have a whopping 306hp – exactly matching the Audi SQ2 and Cupra Ateca. That much power turns a sensible family SUV into a searingly fast range-topper. How fast? Zero-to-62mph takes just five seconds.

Mini Countryman Cooper S E hybrid

It might have the same 1.5-litre petrol engine as the Cooper but, thanks to a punchy electric motor, the Mini Countryman Plug-in Hybrid is faster off-the-line than the Cooper S. Now you know why it used to be called the Cooper S E. If you keep the battery topped up and mainly drive short distances, you could get close to Mini’s 156mpg figure.

Your Mini Countryman questions answered

The Mini Countryman is Mini’s SUV, its take on cars like the Volkswagen T-RocAudi Q2 and BMW X1. It actually shares its oily bits with the BMW X1 and 1 Series, and is available with front- or four-wheel drive. There’s a plug-in hybrid version and a fast John Cooper Works (JCW) edition as well.

The Countryman is now in its second generation, which has been on sale since 2017. It’s thought that the Countryman will be replaced by a new, larger model in 2023, and that it’ll come with petrol and fully electric options.

It might look chunky, but the Mini Countryman doesn’t actually take up that much space on the road. At a whisker under 4.3 metres long, it’s about the same length as a Ford Focus, but the Countryman’s extra height makes it feel a lot more spacious inside.

The Countryman is the most spacious Mini model, although that’s not exactly saying much, but that extra room means it’s the Mini to consider for family transport duties. You can actually sit in the back as an adult and you’ll have room for your head, legs and elbows. The boot is a pretty decent size, too, offering 450 litres in petrol versions and 405 in the plug-in hybrid.

Mini has withdrawn its diesel engines, so now you’ve got a choice of a couple of petrol engines and a plug-in hybrid. The latter offers the best fuel economy claims, while the hot 2.0-litre petrol engine in the Cooper S and JCW is worth hunting out if you’re more of a hare than a tortoise.

While the early 'new' Minis didn't fare well in reliability surveys, the brand's recent cars have performed much better. The Countryman even topped its class in a recent What Car? survey.

Lots of the Countryman's parts and engines are shared with other Mini models, so you shouldn't struggle to find replacements in a pinch.

Add an extended warranty to your purchase to insulate yourself from unexpected repair costs once the manufacturer's coverage has run out.

Mini has made its All4 four-wheel-drive system available as an option on the Countryman. You can choose to have All4 paired with the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine in Cooper S models with automatic gearboxes. Alternatively, the plug-in hybrid Cooper SE model gets four-wheel drive as standard.

Most buyers are unlikely to see much benefit from All4 unless they tackle more serious off roading. To enhance your Countryman's grip in colder weather, consider fitting a set of winter tyres.

Mini has positioned itself as a fairly premium brand, so expect servicing and maintenance costs to be a little higher than you'll find for more affordable cars. Versions with more powerful engines, hybrid systems or four-wheel drive will likely have slightly higher maintenance costs than lesser front-wheel-drive versions.

Fuel-powered versions of the Countryman are rated to tow a braked trailer weighing up to 1,500kg. The plug-in hybrid is not rated for towing, which is fairly typical for PHEVs in this segment.

With bikes coming in many different shapes and sizes, it's hard to guarantee yours will fit inside your Countryman. Nevertheless, anecdotal evidence suggests owners have managed to get adult-sized bikes in the interior with the rear seats folded.

You're likely to have a much easier time, however, if you remove your bike's front wheel – especially if you're carrying more than one.

Mini also sells a bike rack for the rear of the Countryman and all versions get roof rails as standard.

The Countryman's depreciation is good but not great. It'll hold its value better than some more niche rivals, but won't hold its value quite as well as more premium rivals like the Mercedes GLA, BMW X1 and Audi Q2.

You can make sure your Countryman retains as much of its value as possible by keeping it well maintained and holding on to all your receipts for the work carried out.