MINI Countryman S E - best hybrid SUVs

MINI Countryman S E plug-in hybrid - rear static
18 Jul, 2017 10:00am

The MINI Countryman has been designed with hybrid drive in mind, and it works effectively

One of the latest additions to the plug-in SUV ranks is the MINI Countryman. The latest Countryman has been designed with hybrid drive as part of its powertrain line-up, and the Cooper S E uses exactly that. It has a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine inder the bonnet, but it's augmented by an 87bhp electric motor and battery pack stuffed in under the back seats and boot floor.

This system is set up to provide ALL4 four-wheel drive, and while it does cut into boot and passenger space a little, the packaging is better than in rivals such as the VW Golf GTE and Audi A3 etron.

The Cooper S E has an estimated range of 25 miles in EV mode, although it's probably best to let the MINI's electronics manage power transfer between the battery, engine and the road. One thing that does remain intact is the MINI Countryman's fun handling. It's not quite as comfortable as the standard car thanks to the stiffer suspension, but it can still put a smile on your face.

Best hybrid SUVs

  1. 1. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
  2. 2. Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
  3. 3. BMW X5 xDrive 40e
  4. 4. Audi Q7 e-tron
  5. 5. MINI Countryman S E
  6. 6. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  7. 7. Lexus RX 450h
  8. 8. Kia Niro
  9. 9. Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e
  10. 10. Lexus NX 300h
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