MINI Countryman review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
The Countryman is competitive across the board for running costs, which helps to justify its high purchase price
Modern MINIs are about paying a little bit extra for the increased desirability and quality. As such, the Countryman isn’t exactly the cheapest small crossover to buy, but at least it shouldn’t prove costly to run.
Under the latest WLTP fuel economy tests, you shouldn’t be too disappointed with the base Cooper’s combined economy figure of up to 44.8mpg – although that may be tricky to achieve in the real world. The Cooper S claims up to 43.5mpg, while the top-spec JCW version returns 37.2mpg on the combined cycle.
CO2 emissions range from 144g/km in the Cooper to a maximum of 187g/km in the JCW, meaning it’s going to be expensive to run as a company car from a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax perspective. At around £39,000 it’s dangerously close to the threshold for the luxury car road tax supplement, so be careful when choosing options as you'll almost certainly tip over the £40k mark.
To really cut your costs, the Countryman PHEV plug-in hybrid is the one to go for. It has emissions of 44g/km, and the ability to travel around 31 miles on electric power alone. MINI claims an overall economy figure of up to 156.9mpg, but as with any plug-in hybrid model, you'll have to regularly charge the battery to get anywhere near this figure.
Insurance groups currently range between 18-27, which is higher than the old car. Most models fall into the lower end of that scale, however, with the standard Cooper at Group 18. The plug-in sits in group 27, highlighting the complexity of its hybrid drivetrain and potential repair costs.
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In this review
- 1MINI Countryman reviewThe not-so-little MINI Countryman offers family friendly space, with efficiency and an indomitable style
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Countryman’s ride is quite firm, but in handling and refinement terms it’s up there with the class best
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe Countryman is competitive across the board for running costs, which helps to justify its high purchase price
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Countryman’s exterior look is divisive, but the attention to interior detail is impressive, while quality and tech are both top notch
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWith good space for passengers and luggage, the Countryman is a genuine small SUV
- 6Reliability and SafetyCustomers can be reassured by the Countryman's good standard safety kit and top Euro NCAP rating