2017 MINI Countryman review. Mini Cooper has unleashed a new looking mini that is viewed to be more masculine than some of its predecessors. It exudes a more four-square stance with the squared-off rear corners. Its headlight has been retained from the previous designs, but the grille is less predominant. It has been lined up to debut globally at the 16th November Auto Show in Los Angeles.
2017 Mini Countryman Specifications
All new 2017 Mini Countryman is certainly the largest ever built Mini model measuring 4.3 meters, 20cm longer than the previous one. It is also 3 centimeter wider than the previous model. Its wheelbase has an extra 7.5 cm inserted making it look rugged at 17 inches. It has now been anchored at the C-segment, therefore, making it the best alternative to every brand including Audi Q3 and Volkswagen Golf.
The intention is to make it big enough to serve as a family car in addition to being more versatile and upmarket compared to the traditional hatchback. The boot is bigger (a useful 470 liters) than the previous model. It has a rear seat that slides 13cm and a reclining back of the rear seat that splits into three sections (40/20/40).
Interior Review — 2017 Mini Countryman
The 2017 MINI Countryman has been redesigned and re-engineered in every way but still retains its traditional MINI look and the much-loved acceleration and go-kart driving dynamics. The new architecture allows for a 30 % increase in the cargo area compared to the outgoing model.
This also makes it possible to seat five passengers comfortably. The speedometer has been moved from the center to the right behind the steering wheel to free up space for the large touch screen. It also features a ton of switches and toggles like the big one that starts and stops the engine positioned in front of the gear lever.
Features — Countryman 2017 and SE ALL4 Plug-in Hybrid
The equipment includes Bluetooth, a standard sat-nav, rear parking sensors, collision warning signs and city braking.
When making an order one has the option to add a head-up display, adaptive dampers, XL navigation system equipped with an 8.8-inch touchscreen, a Harman audio system, panoramic sunroof and detachable tow bar.
All these options are bundled in one famous package known as the Chili pack that incorporates an automatic air conditioning and LED headlights at the cost of £2980.
Powertrain, Engine — 2017 Mini Countryman, Countryman ALL4 Hybrid
One model of the 2017 MINI Countryman is a three cylinder 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine. This base engine has a 136b horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 162 pound-feet of torque at 1,250 rpm. This is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hours in 9.3 seconds. The standard design is a six-speed manual transmission on the front wheel. Buyers, however, can pay a little more to get an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-four drive system.
2017 Mini Countryman Cooper S ALL4 Engine
The S model is a four cylinder 2.0-liter engine that is tuned for 192bhp at 5,000 rpm and 206 pound-feet of torque at 1,250 rpm. The S model gives motorists a little more power compared to the 1.5-liter driving force. It can achieve zero to 60 speed in just 7.2 seconds. It also has the option with turbo transmission as the three cylinders.
2017 Mini Countryman Cooper D ALL4 Engine specs
The D model is a 2.0-litre tuned at 150bhp 243lb ft, and the Cooper SD has about 190bhp & 295lb ft. One can also get a four wheel drive transmission as an option at an extra cost of around £1600.
2017 Mini Countryman Cooper SE ALL4 Plug-in Hybrid Reviews
The SE Hybrid model features the all-wheel drive that combines a three-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheel and 88bhp electric motor on the rear axle moving the rear wheel via a two-speed transmission.
The 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery mounted under the back seat can be fully recharged in about 3 hours. It’s certainly the first MINI to come with a plug introducing the electric hybrids into its product line. This variant gives a very adventurous experience, and it delivers excellent traction in all road conditions, rugged or smooth, wet or dry, straight or curvy.
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It is possible to drive at 78mph and up to 24 miles with the battery alone. The two power sources combined can deliver an output of about 224bhp and 284lb ft of torque.
2017 Mini Countryman Release Date and Price
At the cost of £22,465, the 2017 MINI Countryman is significantly highly priced compared to the outgoing model. This falls between the Audi Q2 and Q3, but it comes with a high level of equipment. Both the Countryman S and 2017 Mini Countryman will be launch and be ready for sale in March while those interested in the SE plug-in hybrid variant will wait until June to buy their new marvelous rugged MINI.
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