The Mini brand recently introduced the new and largest Countryman ever, which was presented exclusively with electric motors. But be careful, you can still fill it up at a regular pump as well. After a few months, internal combustion engines, including the top-of-the-line John Cooper Works, are coming to the offer.
The sport-cut crossover still has a predatory face, but it is a bit more polished compared to its predecessor. However, the body also boasts a drag coefficient of only 0.26, which makes it one of the most aerodynamic cars in its category. A sympathetic design detail is the C-pillar that seamlessly follows the contrastingly colored roof.
The driver’s workplace is more modern and cleaner. For the Mini, the typical round screen of the multimedia system remains, but now it partly stands above the instrument panel and mainly displays much more information on a larger surface. Red details, including stitching, add a touch of sportiness to the cabin, but practicality has not been forgotten either. The rear row of seats can be moved up to 13 cm, and the trunk can hold from 460 to 1,450 liters of luggage.
During a dynamic ride, you can rely on a two-liter turbo petrol with an output of 300 horsepower and 400 newton meters of torque. The car accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and can continue to a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The four-cylinder comes standard with an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The petrol engine itself is equipped with direct and indirect injection and received reinforced pistons, connecting rods and silent blocks. The creators further highlight the voluminous intake with minimized losses and mainly promise to preserve the go-kart driving characteristics. The car wears wheels from nineteen to twenty inches, in both cases aerodynamically optimized and designed exclusively for this model.
The security and assistance assistants were not forgotten either. Countryman JCW is equipped with 12 ultrasonic sensors and four cameras, thanks to which the complete surroundings of the car are monitored. Thanks to advanced technologies of autonomous driving, hands can be taken off the steering wheel for the first time at speeds of up to 60 km/h, but on the condition that the driver continues to closely monitor the surrounding traffic and is ready to take over the wheel at any time.
If you are not yet going to enter the world of electromobility, but an angry 300-horsepower go-kart is a little too much for you, there is another more civil alternative – a three-cylinder fifteen-cylinder engine with an output of 115 kW, which needs 8.3 seconds to reach 100 km/h. And most importantly, it is more affordable.
The new Mini Countryman with three cylinders is offered in four trim levels, for which you can pay from CZK 874,900 to CZK 1,102,114, while the full-fat JCW costs CZK 1,261,000. So the price jump is here, but perhaps we expected an even bigger surcharge for a sports engine.