Mini has revamped their five-seater Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), the Countryman in India. The 2021 Mini Countryman is offered in two variants – Cooper S and Cooper S JCW Inspired. The Cooper S is priced at Rs 39.50 lakh while the Cooper S JCW Inspired is priced at Rs 43.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India respectively).
Both variants of the 2021 Mini Countryman is offered with a 2-litre twin-turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine with produces 189bhp and 280Nm. On the Cooper S variant, the engine is mated to a 7-speed Double Clutch Steptronic Transmission while on the Cooper S JCW Inspired variant, a 7-Speed Double Clutch Steptronic Sport Transmission with paddle shifters is offered. Mini claims a 0 to 100 km/h time of 7.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 225km/h.
In terms of safety, the 2021 Mini Countryman offers front passenger airbags, brake assist, dynamic stability control, crash sensor, cornering brake control and run-flat tyres as standard. Driver Assistance Systems also includes cruise control, park assistant, rear view camera and heads-up display. The driver is also offered with three driving modes – Normal, Sport and Green.
Now on the outside, the 2021 Mini Countryman has received some subtle changes like a contrasting roof, new LED headlight, LED rear lights in Union Jack Design, new radiator grille, new front and rear bumper and 17-inch imprint spoke alloy wheels are new. While on the JCW Inspire variant an 18-inch thrill spoke alloy wheels is offered as standard
The most changes that one can see on the 2021 Mini Countryman is on the inside, the Cooper S comes with interior trim pieces in piano black with leatherette carbon black upholstery while the Cooper S JCW Inspired offers a new ‘MINI Yours’ interior style shaded silver with options of either leather chester malt brown or leather chester satellite grey upholstery. The colour lines seen along the door panel, armrest surfaces and knee pads under the dashboard are now matched with the individual upholstery colours.
In terms of features, the Countryman offers ample of technology such as a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the Cooper S. Even the analogue driver’s display has been replaced with a multifunction digital display that offers a clear view of speed, gear, fuel level, mileage, temperature and navigation instructions. Other features include a wireless mobile charger, LED interior and ambient lighting and a MINI logo from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side when opening and closing the car door.
Customers who opt for the Cooper S JCW Inspired variant will get additional features such as a JCW sports leather steering wheel, Harman Kardon Hi-Fi speaker system, Panorama Glass Sunroof, and inbuilt navigation system with touch controller and bluetooth mobile connectivity apart from the features mentioned above as standard.
The 2021 Mini Countryman sits in a unique premium mid-sized SUV segment where it faces competition only from the BMW X1 and the Volvo XC40 both which have proven to be extremely capable in this segment.