2018 MINI Cooper Countryman
The Countryman is MINI’s wagon-like crossover SUV. It’s not as big as some other crossovers, but it’s certainly the largest vehicle in the MINI lineup. It somehow manages to look both like a compact sport utility vehicle and a MINI at the same time, which is something that fans on the roads of Manhattan, Bronx and Queens can really appreciate. This year’s model carries over all of the exciting advancements from last year, plus adding a few new surprises.
Let’s take a look at the features, offerings, performance and options available on the 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman, and learn where to take a test drive.
2018 MINI Cooper Countryman
The biggest addition to the 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman lineup is the additional two trim levels. This year you get a hybrid Cooper SE and a John Cooper Works, or JCW, badged models. This means that every model of MINI in the lineup now comes in a high performance option, something for which a lot of fans have waited a long time.
New JCW Trim
With the new high-performance JCW trim you get JCW badges on the exterior so everyone knows what you’re driving. You also receive larger air intakes on the fascia in place of the normal fog lights. You also get red accents, a unique spoiler and roof racks. There’s also the option for a trim-specific Rebel Green paint scheme with red accents. This is in addition to the bind-boggling array of customizable body kits, colors and stylings already available.
You also get a twin-turbo 4-cylinder engine (2.0 liter, 228 hp, 258 lb-ft torque) paired to an ALL4 AWD system and a choice of 6-speed manual or 8-speed Steptronic Automatic transmission with shifter paddles and lever as well as launch control. It’s purported to hit 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds, and has a top speed of 145 mph.
Hybrid Cooper SE
The new Hybrid Cooper SE trim also gives you unique badging outside, and the full range of color, wheel, body kit and other styling options. It’s driven by a twin-turbo 3-cylinder at 1.5-liters which delivers 221 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired to a 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, with the electric motor driven by a 2-stage single-speed. It’s also standard with the ALL4 AWD system.
It delivers an all-electric range of 24 miles, and is also reported to go from 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds. The complete charging time at a 240-volt outlet is just over three hours, and it features three different selectable drive modes to determine how much battery power you’re going to use.
Hidden Premium Crossover
Here’s the kicker about the MINI Countryman: it’s actually built on the framework of the BMW X1, which means you get a lot of the same performance, reliability and options, plus additional customizability. In short, you’re getting a premium crossover SUV without the badging or cost of a premium vehicle.
Want to learn more about the trim levels? Check out the MINI Cooper Countryman Trim Level Review.
MINI of Manhattan
If you’re in the Bronx, Queens or Manhattan areas and you’d like more information or to test drive a new 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman for yourself, stop into MINI of Manhattan or give us a call today!