2014 Mini Countryman is more efficient, slightly more rugged and more generously equipped.
The new Mini Countryman has been unveiled ahead of its debut at the New York Auto Show. The 2014 Countryman benefits from a facelift, improvements in the efficiency department and a more generous list of mod cons.
The 2014 Countryman is the first Mini to have four doors, five seats and optional all-wheel drive. It separates itself from the existing model with a new hexagonal radiator grille, new crossbar and a red ‘S’ badge for the sportier versions.
There’s also underride guard elements as standard, which are supposed to highlight the fact you can go off-road. Jungle Green, Midnight Grey and Starlight Blue metallic paintjobs have been added. Stripes, piano black exterior detailing and a contrasting paint finish for the roof and wing mirror caps and stripes are available.
Seven models make up the 2014 Countryman range, including the entry-level One and One D, Cooper S and SD and the top-of-the-range John Cooper Works, which offers the most performance by some margin.
The Countryman 90hp One D and 111hp Cooper D are the most frugal choices, with both capable of 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 111g/km. The Cooper S 1.6-litre turbo engine now offers 190hp – an increase of 7hp – while efficiency has improved to 47.1mpg and 139g/km. 0 to 62mph takes 7.5 seconds, a tenth of a second less than its predecessor.
Performance from the John Cooper Works should raise a few grins. Its 218hp engine gets you from standing to 62mph in 6.9 seconds, down a tenth of a second. Fuel economy and emissions are 39.8mpg and 165g/km, respectively.
Mini’s All4 all-wheel drive is available on all but the John Cooper Works, One and One D models. A six-speed manual transmission is standard across the range. You’ll have to pay a bit more for the six-speed automatic.
Standard equipment on the new Mini Countryman includes a CD player with MP3 compatibility, AUX-in socket, DAB digital radio, rear Park Distance Control, five speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. Anthracite dials from the John Cooper Works have been applied across the range. LED fog lights come on all models above the Cooper.
Optional extras range from Bi-Xenon headlights, Harman Kardon hi-fi system, Mini Navigation System, panoramic glass roof and automatic air-conditioning. The John Cooper Works has a number of model-specific upgrade options.
Prices will start from £16,990 when the 2014 Countryman goes on sale in the spring.
Fancy a slightly smaller Mini? Check out our 2014 Mini Cooper S review.