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Mini Countryman Cooper D diesel All4 review

Mini's Countryman SUV reviewed with new diesel engine and four-wheel drive

Evo rating
Price
from £19,875
  • Intriguing interior
  • Challenging exterior. Expensive

'That’s nothing like a Mini!’ was the comment most uttered as the evo team circled the Countryman when it first arrived in the office car park. Indeed, it does stretch the Mini ethos to breaking point, but BMW is convinced this is what buyers want – a Mini with five doors and space for regular rear-seat passengers.

The diesel Countryman introduces a new, BMW-designed 1.6-litre turbo unit, which, in Cooper spec, produces 112bhp and 199lbft of torque. ‘All4’ 4wd is an option, but it offers no obvious on-road advantage over the cheaper front-wheel-drive car and hampers both performance (increasing the 0-62mph time from 10.9 to 11.6sec) and economy. Otherwise, the handling is an odd mix of the usual super-sharp Mini turn-in but with much more body-roll.

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The biggest problem with this car, though, is the price. In basic trim it lists at £19,875, but add things like the Chili Pack (17in wheels, computer, steering-wheel controls, etc), leather, nav and xenons, and you soon end up with a price exceeding £25K, which is way too much for what’s on offer.

Specifications

EngineIn-line 4-cyl, 1598cc, turbodiesel
Max power112bhp @ 4000rpm
Max torque199lb ft @ 1750-2250rpm
0-6011.6sec (claimed)
Top speed112mph (claimed)
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