Edmunds Senior Writer Mark Takahashi reviewed the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid to find out whether or not a plug-in version of the Mini can still fun?

And the answer is yes, it is.

If you don't have a long commute, the 12 miles of EPA range (maybe supported with work charging) could enable you to drive electric in the MINI, which hasn't been possible in a MINI since the all-electric test program way back when.

The premium interior and decent acceleration (Edmunds achieved 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds) are something that lots of consumers desire.

In the case of this MINI, the price stands at around $33,649, including the federal tax credit.

Pros

  • Exterior and interior design sets it apart from competitors
  • Materials are of a higher quality than subcompact rivals
  • One of the only vehicles of its kind with a manual transmission
  • Provides a fun driving experience
Cons
  • Front seats are confining and won't be comfortable for everyone
  • Cargo area is small compared to almost every rival's
  • All engines require premium fuel
  • Not nearly as sporty as most other Minis

See Also – Detailed EPA Ratings For Mini Countryman PHEV Reveal Electric Range Of Just 12 Miles

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)