Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 6.9 - 9.1 mpp
Diesel engines 9.5 - 11.4 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 30.2 - 33.5 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 32.1 - 42.8 mpg
Diesel engines 47.1 - 56.5 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 141.2 - 156.9 mpg
  • Diesels best for real-world economy
  • Plug-in hybrid has headline-grabbing figures
  • Sporty petrols the worst offenders, but still good

Running costs across the board will be very reasonable whether you pick petrol or diesel, with 40mpg+ regardless of which you pick.

One of the best overall is the manual transmission Cooper D, with a claimed 52.3-56.5mpg under the more rigorous WLTP testing method, dropping to 47.1-51.4mpg for the All4 version.

The CO2 star is by far the plug-in hybrid PHEV Cooper S E ALL4, with a claim of 141.2-156.9mpg and CO2 emissions of just 40-46g/km. This is followed by the Cooper D with a manual gearbox, producing 130-142g/km.

Petrol versions of the Countryman are still reasonable, though, with the Cooper rated at 39.8-42.8mpg and 149-161g/km.

Worst for fuel efficiency and high CO2 emissions is, unsurpsingly, the fast John Cooper Works version, complete with All4. Official claims are for 31.1-34.9mpg and 185-198g/km.

Overall, the Countryman remains a compact car with an efficient range of engines, hence why the miles per pound figures are so enticing at 6.9 - 33.5 mpp. Clearly, if you're predominantly city-bound or you're a company car driver, the PHEV version is the one to have.

Other running costs such as insurance and consumables for tyres and brake components shoudn't prove too expensive, plus MINI offers good value servicing bundles to help spread out the cost over a longer period of time.

Will it break down?

  • Countryman feels solidly built
  • Shared parts with BMW parent brand…
  • Which has a strong reputation

Parent company BMW has a pretty fierce reputation for reliability so there’s no reason to assume the derived parts in the MINI Countryman will be any different.

The engines used here are found elsewhere in the MINI and BMW range, which hints at the faith the manufacturer has for its products. Despite the seemingly haphazard layout, all of the controls feel robust and made to last.

So far, no recalls have been issued for the Countryman according to the government's DVSA website - an impressive feat.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £240
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 15 - 38
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