With the launch of the new 2017 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 the British brand presents its first model with a plug-in hybrid system which provides emission-free electric drive. The hybrid Countryman uses a 3-cylinder petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor which promises an average fuel consumption of 2.3 – 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres and the CO2 emissions figure of 52 – 49 grams per kilometer.
Those figures are pretty astonishing, especially when you take into account the fact that the hybrid system powering the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 churns out 224 hp. Another amazing number is the top speed of 125 km/h in electric mode along with a range of up to 42 km. Last but not least, we have the ALL4 four-wheel-drive system which is electrified.
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Being a plug-in hybrid means MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 needs the occasional charging via the power outlet. But it’s not that bad since the lithium-ion high-voltage battery can be charged at a wallbox in 2:30 hours. Charging at a regular household socket takes 3:15 hours. The Cooper S E also features an eDrive toggle switch which enables the driver to switch between various self-explanatory operational modes including AUTO eDRIVE, MAX eDRIVE, and SAVE BATTERY. The rest of the car is standard Countryman, which is a nice blend of style, practicality, and quirkiness. Unless they give this model an unreasonable price tag, the Cooper S E Countryman plug-in is the one every buyer should choose.