Thursday 22 February 2018

Countryman goes on sale as MINI adventure gathers pace

THE new MINI Countryman has just gone on sale here.

The first MINI to have four doors, it also has four separate seats, is four metres long and has four-wheel drive.

Ex-works price start from €23,800 (€24,400 on the road) for the entry-level MINI One. The Countryman, being dubbed a crossover MINI, is the fourth in its range – there’s already a hatch, convertible and Clubman.

There are three petrol engines available (all variants of the 1.6-litre) and two 1.6-litre diesels (90bhp, 112bhp).

The two four-wheel drive versions cost a little more above the standard frontwheel drive models – an extra €2,150 for the Cooper D and €3,410 for the Cooper S.

The Countryman is 398mm longer than a MINI Hatch (at 4097mm), 316mm wider (at 1,789mm) and 170mm higher (at 1577mm).

There are also 190 litres more luggage capacity. Standard equipment on the MINI Countryman includes air con, heated door mirrors, rear park distance control, six airbags, ISOFIX child safety seat mountings, DAB digital radio with Radio Boost, bluetooth telephone preparation and USB connection.

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