2023 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid

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2023 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-In Hybrid Review: A Mini Power Ranger

While most Minis aren't known for their practicality, the Cooper Countryman PHEV bucks the trend by supplying not only good passenger and cargo space but also a hybrid powertrain that is not too heavy on the gas. This 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder and electric motor supply a combined 221 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to motivate the subcompact SUV, even with a full load. Unfortunately, the premium nature of the automaker, along with a complex engine, makes for a pricey product. This is why the Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-In Hybrid's competitors include the likes of the Lexus UX Hybrid, which it handily beats in the 0-60 mph sprint. It is a bit lacking in the features department, though, and doesn't offer a particularly thrilling drive. So is the unique appearance enough reason to buy one?

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2023 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2022 Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid?

For 2023, the Mini Cooper Countryman PHEV receives a new sub-trim special edition in the form of the Untamed Edition. It sports Momentum Grey Metallic and Frozen Bluestone accents on the doors. Two-tone 18-inch wheels with a black roof and mirror caps round out the look. The interior is available with blue and green trimming and Untamed lettering on the seats and other surfaces. The dashboard comes with a backlit paneling picturing a mountain landscape, but you'll need to hurry if you want one - production numbers will be limited.

Other updates to the Countryman PHEV include a reshuffled exterior color palette, new upholstery options for the interior, and active cruise control now becoming a standalone option.

Pros and Cons

  • Practical in terms of size and space
  • AWD is standard
  • Admirable performance and acceleration
  • Special edition ups the ante on looks
  • Good warranty
  • Advanced driver aids are a little sparse
  • Driving it feels bland and devoid of any real personality
  • Less efficient than some rivals
  • It costs a lot for what it offers

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2023 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Cooper SE ALL4
1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Plug-in Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$41,500
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2023 Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Exterior

2023 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Front View Driving Mini
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Dimensions

  • Length 169.8 in
  • Wheelbase 105.1 in
  • Height 61.4 in
  • Max Width 71.7 in
  • Front Width 61.6 in
  • Rear Width 61.7 in
  • Curb Weight 3,926.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Island Blue Metallic
  • British Racing Green IV Metallic
  • Sage Green Metallic
  • Moonwalk Grey Metallic
  • Midnight Black II
  • Rooftop Grey Metallic
  • MINI Yours Enigmatic Black Metallic
  • White Silver Metallic
  • Momentum Grey

2023 Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

2023 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Handling and Driving Impressions

Even as the largest Mini, the Countryman is still small for a crossover, and it feels that way on the road. While it can't compare to the hardtop Cooper in terms of handling prowess, it's spry enough to make urban commutes a breeze. We wouldn't go as far as calling is nippy or agile due to being a lot heavier. But luckily, the 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder engine gets some help from an electric motor to supply 221 hp and 284 lb-ft, which gets the portly Mini hustling in a respectable time. But going quick is best kept to the straights, as corners will remind you that there is some definite body roll there.

As a crossover, the ride is comfortable, and the interior lends quite a bit from Mini's BMW overlords. It's classy, well-built, and keeps any unwanted hubbub from intruding into the cabin. In review, the Mini Cooper Countryman is a good balance between the playfulness of a classic Mini and the refined poise of a BMW. Just remember that while some dealers may call the Countryman an SUV, it is a town car through and through, so don't try exploring the vast outdoors of the USA with it. Besides, the 17-mile all-electric range would do you no good out there.

2023 Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Interior

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.4 in
  • Front Head Room 40.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.0 in

2023 Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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2023 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Rear Angle View Mini

2023 Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 80,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is The 2023 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid A Good SUV?

Mini refused to be left by the wayside when the world went crossover crazy, and we are thankful for that. The Countryman is an accomplished vehicle, capable of moving people and their stuff and even delivering a thrill or two with its acceleration. The Plug-in variant takes this a step further by also offering a green solution for fans of the premium subcompact; that doesn't mean class-leading fuel economy, though, and some competitors manage much more frugal ratings.

However, what matters most in this segment is practicality and comfort, and the Countryman has them both in spades. The cozy interior complements the suspension well to soak up bumps before they ever make it to the passengers. Meanwhile, the light and precise steering make driving a breeze, and there may even be some wiggle room for having a bit of fun.

There are plenty of crossovers that can do what this Mini does, and many even surpass it in more mundane ways. But if you're looking for a car that matches common sense with a flair for the absurd, much like its cartoonish appearance, you won't find better than the Mini Countryman.

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