by Brent Romans, Senior Editor
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.
by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer
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.