Review: 2024 Mini Countryman

Published: May 22, 2024 2:00 PM

Buckle up, mates! We’re taking a hot lap around the much-anticipated 2024 Mini Countryman, which has just hit Aussie shores. This little (well, not so little anymore) SUV promises the signature go-kart handling Mini is known for, but with a dose of practicality for your weekend adventures. Let’s see if it lives up to the hype.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Flashy Interior Tech: The Mini Countryman boasts a futuristic 9.4-inch circular OLED touchscreen infotainment system. It’s not just eye-catching; it’s also user-friendly.
  • Affordability: Compared to its electric sibling, the BMW iX1, the Countryman comes with a more accessible price tag.
  • Plenty of Power: The electric SE ALL4 variant surprises with its punchy performance.

 

Cons

  • Laggy Infotainment: While the infotainment system looks great, it can be a tad slow to respond.
  • Interior Plastics: Some interior materials feel less premium than expected.
  • Weight: The Countryman can feel a bit heavy, affecting agility.

 

How Much Does It Cost?

The 2024 Countryman starts at a friendly $49,990 (before on-road costs) for the entry-level Countryman C Core. Prices climb steadily depending on the trim level and whether you opt for the petrol (Countryman C) or electric (Countryman E) variants. The range-topping Countryman SE All4 JCW Sport will set you back a cool $77,990, so be sure to shop around for deals!

Features and Benefits

The Mini Countryman’s allure extends beyond its price. Here are some standout features:

  • Exterior Lighting Signatures: Choose from three lighting signatures (Classic, Favoured, and John Cooper Works) for a personalized touch.
  • Higher Ride Height: Easy ingress and egress due to the sought-after elevated position.
  • Mini Operating System 9: The 9.4-inch touchscreen offers wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and voice assistance.

 

Safety

While official safety ratings are pending, the Mini Countryman includes standard safety features like multiple airbags, stability control, and parking sensors. We recommend checking for the latest ANCAP or Euro NCAP results once available.

A Look at the 2024 Mini Countryman

Running Costs: Petrolheads vs. Eco-warriors

The petrol Countryman C comes in two flavours: the 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder and the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder. Both offer peppy performance and should be relatively fuel-efficient, although final figures are yet to be confirmed by the official combined cycle test.

For the environmentally conscious driver, the Countryman E beckons. With a range of electric variants offering up to 400km on a single charge, you can zoom around town with minimal emissions. Factor in government incentives for electric vehicles, and the running costs start to look even more appealing.

The Competition: Standing Out from the Crowd

The compact luxury SUV segment is a fierce battleground. The Countryman squares off against rivals like the Audi Q3, BMW X1 (its close cousin), and the Mercedes-Benz GLA. While these competitors offer similar features and performance, the Countryman stands out with its unique design, playful driving dynamics, and the option of an electric powertrain.

Conclusion

A Fun and Functional Mini

So, is the 2024 Mini Countryman worth your hard-earned dollars? Absolutely! It offers a compelling blend of practicality, performance, and undeniable charm. While the price bump might sting a little, the added space, features, and option of an electric drivetrain make it a tempting proposition.

If you’re looking for a stylish and versatile SUV that injects some fun into your daily commute, the Countryman is a winner. Just be prepared to turn heads wherever you go.

Rating: 8.5/10

The 2024 Countryman might not be the most spacious SUV on the block, but it punches above its weight in terms of features, performance, and personality. It’s a fantastic option for urban adventurers and young families who want a car that reflects their unique style.

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