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2020 Mini Cooper SE
Base MSRP: From $41,500
Battery Size: 33 kWh
EPA Range: 73 MPGe; 29 mpg overall
Charging Acceptance Rate: 7.4kW
Performance: electric motor, turbocharged 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder, combined 221 horsepower
Mileage estimate: 17 miles of all-electric range and 300 miles combined
Price estimate: $41,500
Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Drivetrain Warranty: 4 years/50,000
Roadside Assistance: 4 years/unlimited
Corrosion Warranty: 12 years/unlimited
2022 Mini Countyman PHEV
MINI vehicles became an immediate U.S. sensation when they first arrived 20 years ago.
Although two decades later that popularity has waned somewhat, the MINI still has an allure, a personality that’s been its secret weapon since it was introduced. But good looks are not its only virtue. It also possesses lively performance, agile handling and solid interior. Yet let’s not lose sight of the fact that there’s still nothing that rivals the look of the charming iconic British automobile that is a subsidiary of BMW.
Like many cars these days, the MINI has dabbled in electric vehicles. The MINI Countryman added to its appeal five years ago by adding a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version. The electrified Countryman remains in the mix, thanks to BMW’s determination not to be left behind when it comes to EVs.
The 2022 MINI Countryman PHEV is an intriguing subcompact crossover sport utility vehicle, whether it’s electrified or one of the three gas-powered models – Countryman, Countryman S or John Cooper Works. They each have unique differences, but the commonality is they are all attractive looking, fun to drive and have zippy performance.
Battery, Range and Charging
Like practically all PHEVS, the Countryman isn’t traveling long distance in electric mode. It’s capable of going approximately 17 miles and has a combined range of 300 miles overall. The 10-kWh battery is located under the rear seats and can be fully charged in 2½ hours using a Level 2 charger.
The first Countryman was unveiled in 2017 and had a starting price of roughly $13,900. Because there is an electric component involved, cost has risen dramatically. The 2022 MINI Countryman PHEV is nearly triple that earlier starting price at $41,500.
All models of this year’s Countryman come with standard LED headlights, free 12-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio, a digital instrument cluster, and lane departure warning.
The PHEV will deliver pleasing performance, which has always been part of the Countryman’s calling card. It has an electric motor and a turbocharged 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder engine that combines to generate 221 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. It has standard all-wheel drive and is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A hefty vehicle at 3,985 pounds, the Countryman travels 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds.
The Countryman is quick and fun to drive, especially on challenging, twisting roads. The steering is accurate and gives the driver a terrific feel for the road.
Various aspects of the Countryman have changed over the years, but the interior has not been altered significantly. However, much like its exterior, it remains distinctive looking. There’s not a lot of instrumentation, making the controls easy to master. The Countryman has a 6.5-inch touchscreen and an 8.8-inch display with navigation and Apple CarPlay integration. Oddly, Android phones must use a simple Bluetooth connection.
Up front, the seating is firm with good support that will be appreciated on long drives. Leg and head room are good, but back seat occupants will not be as happy because three adults are one too many. The cargo area is 17.6 cubic feet behind the rear seat and when the back seat is folded down, the Countryman has 47.6 cubes of space.
The 2022 MINI Countryman plug-in hybrid has considerable upside. It maintains a link to the past as a creatively designed vehicle with terrific performance, good handling, and sufficient storage.
User Video Review: 2022 Mini Countryman
Recommended Charging Stations = HCS-40
Recommended Power Level of Charging Station =32A
Vehicle Acceptance Rate: 7.4kW
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