MINI Countryman review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
The Countryman is competitive across the board for running costs, justifying 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, the most economical non-electrified Countryman is the Cooper D. Its claimed fuel economy figure of up to 54.3mpg is good; although the Audi Q2 1.6 TDI has economy in the 60mpg range. Similarly, CO2 emissions of 119g/km are strong, giving reasonable Benefit-in-Kind ratings. Add an auto box, and 51.4mpg is quoted, while ALL4 four-wheel drive sees the Cooper D return 49.6mpg whether you choose the manual or the auto, with up to 127g/km emissions quoted.
To really cut your costs, the Countryman S E PHEV plug-in hybrid is the one to go for. It has emissions of 55g/km, so qualifies for nine per cent company car tax, while claimed economy of 88.3mpg should be achievable if you can plug it in every time you park it.
If pure petrol power is a must, you shouldn’t be too disappointed with the base Cooper’s combined economy figure of 40.9mpg – although that may be tricky to achieve in the real world. CO2 emissions of 134g/km are reasonable, but roughly on a par with a more powerful 1.5 TFSI Audi Q2. The Cooper S claims up to 38.2mpg with either the manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, and again that figure drops if you spec four-wheel drive.
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 and Cooper D slotting in at group 18 and 20 respectively. The plug-in Cooper S E Hybrid sits in group 27, highlighting the complexity of its hybrid drivetrain and potential repair costs.
The MINI Countryman is predicted to hold onto 48 per cent 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.
In this review
- 1MINI Countryman reviewThe new-for-2017 Mini Countryman offers better space, greater efficiency and more advanced tech than its predecessor
- 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, justifying its high purchase price
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Countryman’s exterior look is divisive, but the attention to detail in the interior is impressive, while quality and tech are both top notch
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe larger size means more space for passengers and luggage, and makes the Countryman a genuine small SUV
- 6Reliability and SafetyThere’s a wealth of safety kit as standard, which should stand the Countryman in good stead, although the brand’s reliability record should be better