📂︎ News | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ May 29, 2020
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The facelifted MINI Countryman has been unveiled. There are tweaks to the engines, on-board technology and design.
The MINI Countryman shares a platform with several BMW models and will continue to rival upmarket SUVs like the Audi Q2, Volvo XC40, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA.
So, what’s changed?
As with nearly all midlife facelifts, the Countryman gets new bumpers and a redesigned grille, plus a couple of extra paint options and the choice of 19-inch alloy wheels. The Countryman is the last model to get MINI’s bold Union Jack LED tail-lights.
Changes to the Countryman interior are very similar to those already seen in the latest MINI Clubman and feature an upgraded infotainment system (measuring either 6.5 or eight inches), satnav, Apple CarPlay, MINI-branded puddle lighting and a customisable ambient lighting system.
Buyers now get auto-dipping LED headlights as standard and the five-inch digital instrument cluster found in the MINI Electric.
The customisation offered to buyers has always been a key strength of the MINI brand and the revised Countryman features even more options; besides the paint and wheels, you’ll also be able to choose different trim options and two new colours for the leather upholstery.
Engines and performance
The engine range of the current Countryman isn’t receiving many changes, other than minor tweaks for improved economy and emissions.
It kicks off with a 134hp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, or you can choose from a 148hp 2.0-litre diesel engine (badged Cooper D) or the petrol Cooper S model, which now offers 176hp instead of 189hp.
There’s also the plug-in hybrid MINI Countryman Cooper S E All4 hybrid version and a quick John Cooper Works (JCW) that pumps out an entertaining 302hp. You can think of this as a rival to the Cupra Ateca, Volkswagen T-Roc R and Audi SQ2.
The revised Countryman will continue to be available in two or four-wheel drive with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic gearbox. The Countryman PHEV will come as standard with four-wheel drive, with the rear wheels driven by an electric motor.