The British car manufacturer’s subcompact crossover SUV, Mini Countryman, was launched internationally for the first time at Geneva Motor Show in 2010. In India, the second generation of this car was unveiled during the Auto Expo 2018. It underpins the BMW X1 and gets assembled in India at the BMW’s Chennai Plant. The facelifted Countryman comes in two petrol variants- Countryman Cooper S and Countryman Cooper S JCW Inspired and one diesel model- Countryman Cooper SD. It is available in India in six exciting colors- Chilli Red, Melting Silver, Thunder Grey, Light White, Island Blue, and British Racing Green.
Though the bonnet of the Countryman bears the badge ‘MINI’, it is not tiny or small by any means. In fact, it is the largest car under the MINI branding. It is 4299 millimeters long, 1822 millimeters wide and 1557 millimeters high, which is 20 millimeters longer, 30 millimeters wider than the outgoing model. The wheelbase of the present model is even longer by 75 millimeters, thus increasing the cabin space. On the front fascia, you get the ‘Bulldog’ style grille which remains flanked on both the sides by the bulbous LED headlights. Skid plates present on both the bumper gives it a sporty appearance. The crossover has a flat roofline and the brands signature tail lamps at the rear end. You can also view two stylish roof rails in the Countryman.
The cabin of Countryman bears premium sophisticated touch at every corner. On the dashboard, you get the signature circular speedometer, infotainment unit, and door handles. There are few iconic toggle switches on the central console, with the large red one used for starting and stopping the car. The ac vents are somewhat rectangular and come with a two-zone climate control system. The three-spoke steering wheel comes with control panel helping you to navigate many functions of the SUV. There is leather upholstery present as a standard in all the variants.
Beating at the heart of the Countryman, you get a 2.0-litre, Four-cylinder engine in both the fuel options. The petrol motor generates a maximum power of 189 bhp@5000 rpm and a peak torque of 280 Nm@1350 rpm. The second powertrain present in the diesel model churns out 188 bhp@4000 rpm power and 400 Nm@1750 rpm torque. Both the engines remain mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission gearbox. The crossover has rapid acceleration and can sprint to 100 Kmph in just 7.5 seconds in the petrol model. The diesel engine takes only 0.2 seconds more to reach the same value.
Countryman has three variants, and the price range starts from INR 34.90 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India) in the Cooper S trim and goes to as high as INR 41.4 lakh in the Cooper S JCW model. It takes on the likes of Volvo V40 Cross Country, Mercedes-GLA, Audi Q3 , and BMW X1.
The crossover has powerful engines which pack a strong punch and remains agile on the road.
Unlike all the other Mini cars, Countryman has comfortable back seats so that the adults can enjoy a pleasurable journey in the space.
The vehicle comes with stylish exteriors with roof rails and beautiful LED headlamps.
Rear view camera does not come as a standard in all the models.
Only the Cooper SD and JCW Inspired get electrically adjustable seats.
If you wish to own a large Mini car which you can take during the weekend family trips, then the Countryman is the best option for you.