2017 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 test drive - high-riding city hipster goes half-electric
It has a unique selling proposition: if you want a hybrid MINI, well, this is it...
MINI (being part of BMW) is no stranger to electric vehicles, as it made the E from 2009 to 2010, but this here Countryman plug-in hybrid is its first ever electrified offering. And for a first effort it’s actually quite an accomplished vehicle, on that is genuinely more useful if you live in town and have easy access to fast chargers.
But even if you don’t have easy access to charging infrastructure, you can still charge its battery in just under four hours from a regular 220v home socket. If keep the battery topped up, you can achieve the manufacturer claimed efficiency and emissions figures of 2.1 l/100km combined while emitting 52 g/Km CO2.
If you don’t keep the battery topped up, both performance and efficiency will suffer and it may even use more fuel than the regular Cooper S model as it not only tries to move the vehicle, but also charge the battery at the same time, all while lugging more weight around than the non-hybrid model.
Photos: Andrei Nedelea