In a sea of ​​crossovers, the Mini Countryman continues to stand out. Now, four years after its launch, it is revived with a slight restyling: more massive front bumpers; thin vertical openings in the sides and the redesigned central area; different grille for the bezel. Also revised are the lights, which reproduce the Union Jack of the British flag. New color combinations for the body are also on the way.

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But the essence of evolution lies under the hood: all engines have been renewed, including the plug-in hybrid. The system does not change in concept, but the overall power is 220 hp instead of 224: the 1.5 three-cylinder turbo drops from 136 hp to 125, but the electric unit, located at the rear, which generates all-wheel drive, rises from 88 hp to 95 .

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Not only does the electrical contribution increase: the slight decrease in thermal power corresponds to an increase in torque to 385 Nm. All this, in addition to various interventions on the management electronics, allow the Cooper SE Countryman All4 to extend both the zero-emission range, which now oscillates between 55 km and 61, and the average distance (the declared value is almost 59 km / liter).

Aficionados of the brand, for whom the peculiar feeling behind the wheel counts above all, they can rest assured: the sustainability update has not tarnished it. Of course, the hybrid system weighs down the car by 200 kg compared to the petrol twin, but the Countryman remains agile and reactive, with its rigid structure that makes itself felt on the rough asphalt … The steering is direct as sportsmen like . The combined thrust of the two engines is linear and decisive at any speed. The automatic transmission is smooth and quick in engaging the six gears. You have fun as always, and you also improve driving by applying to take advantage of the advantages of the three modes that can be selected with the lever on the console: Auto eDrive (80 km / h can be reached before the thermal engine starts working), Max eDrive (for us the top: 135 times is the starting point that can be reached without consuming gasoline) e Save Battery (the battery charge is not affected, so it can be exploited at a later time, perhaps in the LTZ).

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The interior is pleasant, with new color combinations and coatings. A choice of the small 5 “digital dashboard (analogue is standard) next to the 8.8” circular instrument, to which the multimedia system belongs, which integrates the sim card to communicate with the web and Apple CarPlay, but not with Android Auto. Three set-ups, for a price over 40 thousand euros.

September 28, 2020 (change September 28, 2020 | 13:13)

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