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2018 Mini Countryman S E Hybrid: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Dan Frio, Staff Writer

2018 Mini Countryman S E Hybrid

Where Did We Drive It?
After a month of "All Brent, All the Time," in which our 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman S E Hybrid spent the bulk of May at our Central California office with editor Brent Romans (and racked up many miles with two road trips and lots of local driving), we tried something different with the Mini in June: We made it an all-gasoline month.

That meant no recharging in the Edmunds HQ garage or at home. Just driving solely on the Mini's tiny 9.5-gallon fuel tank, which meant plenty of trips to the pump. Our driving was limited to local trips and office commuting, and we were pleasantly surprised by the results.

We also formed a few more impressions of the Mini's cargo utility and tech features.

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2018 Mini Countryman S E Hybrid: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

2018 Mini Countryman S E Hybrid

Where Did We Drive It?
This was an "All Brent, All the Time" month for our 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman S E Hybrid. I had it for the entire month and drove it about 1,500 miles. That came about from two road trips to Northern California, including one to San Francisco with my family for Memorial Day, and a fair amount of city driving. Spending a month with the Countryman was a great way to learn its upsides and downsides.

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2018 Mini Countryman SE Hybrid: Update for April 2018

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2018 Mini Countryman SE Hybrid

Where Did We Drive It?
In the last update, I commented that we weren't using our long-term 2018 Mini Countryman SE Hybrid in the intended manner. This is a short-range plug-in hybrid best used for short commutes and occasional longer trips. In the update, I stated that "as one of the few editors on staff within the 12-mile EPA-rated electric range, I would likely be able to achieve better results than my colleagues with much longer commutes."

April was put up or shut up time.

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2018 Mini Countryman Hybrid: Update for March 2018

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2018 Mini Countryman Hybrid

Where Did We Drive It?
On the surface, our long-term 2018 Mini Countryman S E Hybrid is matching expectations set by the EPA estimates. But we're confident we can do better. So far we've used the Mini in a manner that isn't advantageous to a plug-in hybrid, and it would do better as a city car with short commutes and frequent and consistent charges.

In March, Travis drove it to Sacramento and back with no charging. The rest of the time it was commuting with other editors over distances just past the projected EV range.

As one of the few editors on staff within the EPA-rated 12 miles of electric range, I would likely have better results than colleagues with much longer commutes. With any luck, we'll be able to make this happen with me behind the wheel for an extended period. Stay tuned.

On a side note, we produced a video review of the Countryman S E on our YouTube channel. Check it out here.

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2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4: Monthly Update for February 2018

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 didn't go on any long trips this month since our editors are getting used to its plug-in electric ways. We did drive it all around Southern California, though, taking advantage of the efficiency of its little turbocharged three-cylinder engine up front and the additional pep from electric drivetrain in the back. From a stop, it accelerates fast and lets you squeeze into traffic without cutting off your lane neighbor.

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2018 Mini Countryman Hybrid: Monthly Update for January 2018

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2018 Mini Countryman Hybrid

Where Did We Drive It?
It's music to my ears when Fleetmaster Mike Schmidt tells me that a long-term test car needs break-in miles because it simplifies the weekend-planning process. I know I'll be driving most of the time, so all I have to do is find some interesting stops along the way. Fortunately, there are plenty of those within a few hours of Edmunds' Santa Monica headquarters. It happened over the holidays with our new long-term 2018 Mini Countryman Hybrid — or the Cooper S E Countryman All4, if you speak Mini.

As is my wont, I settled on a Central Coast destination — Harmony Headlands State Park this time — but I resolved to take the long way, heading north on Interstate 5 and then west across Route 46 to Highway 1. It's a diverse drive, encompassing everything from craggy mountain ridges to the Central Valley's endless rows of crops to the gentle hills that roll toward Paso Robles, with the James Dean Memorial Junction thrown in for good measure.

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2018 Mini Countryman Hybrid: Introduction

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2018 Mini Countryman Hybrid

What Did We Get?
Seven years ago, we asked a simple question: "How big can a Mini get and still be called a Mini?" We added a brand-new 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman S to our long-term fleet to find out. And over the course of a year, we found that, despite a more substantial footprint and a somewhat hefty curb weight, Mini had successfully injected its fun-to-drive DNA into a small SUV.

We were skeptical that lightning would strike twice when the wraps were pulled off a new, even larger model last year. We decided this redesigned Countryman was worth a second go-round in our fleet, but there was some debate over which powertrain to get. A vocal contingent supported the Cooper S for its strong turbocharged four-cylinder, while others rallied for the new Cooper S E plug-in hybrid for a chance to explore its unique powertrain. At the end of the day, the Cooper S E won out, and we ordered a 2018 Mini Countryman Hybrid.

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