2018 Mini Countryman Hybrid Long-Term Road Test - Interior

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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 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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