2015 Mini Countryman – The Mini SUV You Have Been Waiting For
For some of us SUVs can be a little too big. There are hardly any vehicles in the market that offers the same performance and functionality and still be smaller in size. However, with the arrival of 2015 Mini Countryman, things have changed a great deal. Now you have a vehicle that is smaller in size, yet capable of doing anything that you expect from a full-size SUV. But, don’t be disappointed. Although it is smaller in size, it still offers enough room for passengers and cargo. So, the comfort isn’t compromised for the looks and you get the best of both worlds. Furthermore, the vehicle also contains all-wheel-drive option as you higher up the trims.
If you are a family of five, then there is, perhaps, no better option than the Countryman. The vehicle contains enough room to accommodate 5 passengers without any trouble, as well as cargo space that can store twice the amount of stuff than a conventional hatchback. Although it is certainly smaller in size when compared with the SUVs, it doesn’t leave you fighting for space. Its rear seats are extremely roomy, not something you expect from smaller cars. 2015 Mini Countryman comes with different trim levels including 2015 Mini Countryman Base, S and JCW (John Cooper Works) and the good thing about the trims is that they are all fuel-efficient, at least in their own class.
Are you an adventurer and you like to go fast every time you drive? Then we would recommend you not to go for the base model, as it is not known for its power and acceleration. Instead, moving up the trim and getting a S or JCW will certainly quench you thirst of speed. But, if you want to stick to the fuel efficiency, then Base is what you should go for.
To understand the power and fuel efficiency better, let us look deep in to what exactly the engines of the 2015 Mini Countryman have to offer.
The base version comes with a 1.6-L four-cylinder engine that can produce up to 121 HP and 114 lb-ft of torque. The transmission that comes standard with the trim is a six-speed manual, however, the option of six-speed automatic is also available.
If you are willing to spice things up a bit, you are better off buying the Countryman S. With a 1.6-L turbocharged engine inside, the vehicle can produce up to 181 HP and 177 pound feet of torque. To put cherry on top, the vehicle is also available with all-wheel-drive.
Last, but certainly not the least, is the JCW (John Cooper Works) model that come with a 1.6-L four-cylinder engine, capable of producing up to 208 HP and 192 lb-ft of torque. And if you are wondering, whether or not, you have the option of all-wheel-drive; well, you will be pleased to hear it comes standard with the JCW.
As far as the fuel economy is concerned, the base version takes the lead, providing up to 27 mpg in the city and 34mpg on the highway (manual transmission), however, with the automatic transmission it gives 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
In a nutshell, there is hardly anything to dislike about the 2015 Mini Countryman, and its fair to say that it is worth every penny of it.