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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 42.8mpg, 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 almost £38,000 it’s dangerously close to the threshold for the luxury car road tax supplement, so be careful when choosing options. Leather seats, a wheel upgrade and the Navigation Plus Pack with a Head-Up Display will easily tip you 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 43g/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

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.

Depreciation

The MINI Countryman is predicted to hold onto 48% of its value after three years, on average. That’s slightly down on an Audi Q2, but better than a number of similarly priced crossovers.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5 Cooper Classic 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £22,600

Most Economical

  • Name
    2.0 Cooper D Classic 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £25,700

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 John Cooper Works ALL4 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £36,350

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