Mini has been going from strength to strength and their latest push up market is yielding continued growth for the company. Of course, there are still those who complain that the current crop of cars are too big in comparison to their ancestors, but the truth is that every car has got bigger thanks to crash regulations and people wanting more space. If they were still micro machines they would lack a mass market appeal and having that is a core Mini trait. As the desire for the crossover continues to grow, Mini look to replace their larges model. This is the all-new 2017 Mini Countryman.
Presenting itself as a grownup product indeed, this 2017 Mini Countryman looks very civilised and visually fits with the new Mini range. Detailed rounded headlights, large grill, and an overall characterful visage, makes for a unique competitor for this segment. Its proportions are still recognisably a mini but plastic cladding and roof rails give it a more rugged appearance.
Inside the premium feel from the Clubman is certainly at play. Whilst receiving a different interior design to its sibling, the quality materials and typical Mini favour represents the brand going forwards. The vehicle is physically larger than before and so that results in greater interior space and a larger boot.
When it comes to engines for the 2017 Mini Countryman it all begins with a 1.5 litre three cylinder petrol engine with 136 BHP. Cooper S, Cooper D, and a 190 BHP Cooper SD. New to the range is the SE of which is a hybrid model. Mini’s first ever hybrid uses a three cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor to power all four wheels. Total output is 224 BHP and 284lb ft torque.
The all-new 2017 Mini Countryman starts from £22,465 and goes on sale February 2017.