The Mini Countryman has been given an update for 2020. Here's what's changed.
The largest member of the Mini family has been updated and while the changes aren't immediately visible, rest assured there are some improvements where it counts.
Visually, you can spot the new model with its tweaked front bumper, redesigned radiator and LED headlamps, which are now standard. The rear gains a new-look rear apron as well as the LED lights in Union Jack design. There are 2 new colours, new alloy wheels and a Piano Black exterior.
The Mini Countryman has always been touted as the most practical model in the range. It boasts 3 fully-fledged seats at the rear, and if you fold down these in a 40:20:40 fashion, you get access to 1 390 litres of space. Standard boot space is rated at 450 litres. Inside, Mini has given the Countryman an extended range of standard kit such as a sports leather steering wheel. An optional digital instrument display is available for the new Mini Countryman, giving it a high-tech look. There's also a reworked infotainment system as well as new-look buttons. The new Mini Countryman is equipped with a SIM card that is permanently fitted in the car, giving you connectivity options such as Alexa and Mini Connected.
All the Mini Countryman engines have been revised and improved with emissions and efficiency in mind. Mini claims the TwinPower Turbo tech motors meet the Euro 6d emissions standards. There are both petrol and diesel motors, with 3- and 4-cylinder options. There's also a plug-in hybrid model that features ALL4 4-wheel drive. All models feature automatic transmissions.
Mini Countryman South Africa details
Mini South Africa will be bringing in 2 models: Cooper Countryman and Cooper S Countryman. The former boasts the 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder that produces 100 kW. It's enough to give it a sprint time of 9.7 seconds to 100 kph and it will consume 6.3 L/100 km. The Cooper S Countryman features a sportier 2.0-litre turbocharged motor with 141 kW, giving it a 7.5-second sprint to 100 kph. The fuel efficiency claim sits at 6.7 L/100 km.
The updated Mini Countryman will be arriving in our market in the 4th quarter of 2020 and final specifications and pricing will be made closer to the time.