MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Plug-In Hybrid Tested – Video

1 day ago by Mark Kane 11

First off, can we say again…we super-duper hate the naming convention by BMW here for its sub brand, specifically the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Plug-In Hybridor MCSECA4PHEV for short we suppose.

Moving on.

The Toronto Electric Vehicle Association (TEVA) released its own test drive presentation for the MINI Countryman PHEV (see how easy that was to shorten?) that recently entered the US and Canadian market.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

The walk-through focuses mainly on the driving modes, and if you have ever driven any BMW plug-in hybrid then you know there are plenty to choose from.

In the U.S., the first three full months of sales resulted in an average of 80 units a month, which suggests that 12 miles of EPA range and a 65 MPGe rating (both less than the performance BMW i8) isn’t quite as appealing as it is Europe, although to be fair availability has been fairly thin so far.  Ultimately only time will tell.

The review says that Toronto deliveries are expected to begin in January or February, however InsideEVs editor-in-chief has already taken one for a test drive just outside of the city from an inventory unit that was for sale, so one imagines it is available now at some dealerships already if one is so inclined to pick one up.

One of the cool features noted is the rear view camera, that marks not only the lines but also the obstacles in the car’s path.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper PHEV quick specs (see full spec here):

  • all-wheel drive with 1.5L 3-cylinder TwinPower Turbo Technology petrol engine (100 kW/136 hp), 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission and 65 kW (87 hp) electric motor. System output of 165 kW/224 hp and 385 Nm.
  • 12 miles all-electric range, 65 MPGe
  • 27 mpg extended range efficiency – on premium gas
  • 7.6 kWh battery
  • 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds
  • top speed in all-electric mode of 78 mph (125 km/h)

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11 responses to "MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Plug-In Hybrid Tested – Video"

  1. Assaf says:

    haha, just saw one charging while walking the dog yesterday. Caught me off-guard as it was one of the few EVs I couldn’t cite the range off the top of my head for (talk about waste of brain cells).

    I’m of two minds regarding those sub-minimal-range PHEVs. 12 miles means 9-10 miles this time of year, even 8 if it gets cold enough. Quite the underachievement with 7.6kWh of battery. Toyota got this range with almost half the battery in its first PiP.

    1. Ben says:

      The Toyota prius phev 1 got 11 epa miles out of 4,4kWh in BLENDED MODE, where the ICE is still supporting acceleration and burning gas. Not in all electric oft the Mini mode like you seem to believe.

      1. Assaf says:

        So maybe a better comparison is to the Prius Prime that gets 25 EPA range for 8.8 kWh.

        Or the latest Ford Energi twins that get 20-21 miles for 7.6 kWh.

  2. ffbj says:

    I don’t see why the reviewer is so inquisitive about when it goes into ev mode, or how to keep it there.
    The answer is not for very long, so why worry about it. Play a few songs on the radio, at hiway speeds, and that’s your ev range.

    You probably never want to put it specifically in ev mode unless you are inside a city center with rules for no emission vehicles. Also ev motor is of use in conditions that a slippery where the rear wheels engage automatically.

    In essence a minimal ev in the PHev for commuters into restricted cities, of which there are dozens worldwide.
    A niche’ product.

  3. Spoonman. says:

    I drive a C-Max Energi and even I don’t understand this one.

    1. mxs says:

      The MINI has a lot of appeal to some people … so you get sort of brainwashed unwillingly … LOL

      I have MINI myself, and it is a car which will be replaced in next 6 months … no way I’d purchase this MINI hybrid. The only think I could replace it with would be another Mini Cooper but fully in BEV trim. And that means 2020ish and for big money. Don’t have the time nor the budget … so will have to get less exciting car which makes more economical and environmental sense.

  4. mxs says:

    The range is dumb and useless for most commuting people.

    The only time, to get into this purchase now, is if you absolutely positively have to have MINI hybrid. Otherwise, there’s other vehicles which make a lot more sense and probably for less money …

  5. me says:

    BMW just doesn’t know how to make an EV. There’s not point to getting one of these (or the i3).

    I’d seriously consider buying a *good* Mini EV but I doubt one will ever exist.

  6. Dan says:

    I can’t understand how the range can be so short. Claimed same battery size as my leased C-max energi which is HEAVY at 3900 lb. I get 18 to 25 miles from it with little HVAC use.

  7. Paul says:

    I think its less range and more sporty handling and fun to drive.

    Plus, its a small SUV with a combined mpg around 37 mpg.

    So the three vehicles you need to compare it against is RAV4 hybrid, the Rogue hybrid, and maybe the Audi A3 hybrid (if you don’t mind being that close to the ground).

  8. menorman says:

    So…slower than a Bolt in 0-60? I guess at least it’s AWD…

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