Flash Drive

2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman

Model Tested: 2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4

The 2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 is a fun compact SUV with a long name and an equally long list of positive traits.

Engine:1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder, 134 horsepower, 162 lb-ft torque plus an electric motor with 87 hp and 122 lb-ft torque for a total of 221 horsepower and 284 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 27-mpg gasoline only; 65 MPGe electricity + gasoline

Base Price: $36,800

As Tested: $39,700


Very strong acceleration

Highway ride on the firm side, but fun and sporty

Strong fuel economy—our best gas was 30.6 mpg and 99 mpg electric

The Mini Cooper S E Countryman has a wide, high-opening rear hatch. Cargo space isn’t great unless the rear seat is folded.

Three hour charge time on 240 volt

18-inch run flat tires

Hybrid specific Dynamic Stability Control

All weather all-wheel-drive


Super stretch-out front legroom

Excellent front/rear headroom

Adjustable thigh support both front seats

Three-temperature heated front seats

Deeply bolstered, supportive front seats

Front seats are firm, but very comfortable befitting a performance vehicle. Legroom is outstanding.

Firm, but comfortable seats

Seat height pump

Rear seat legroom can be tight depending on front seats

Front passenger seat can be moved forward a lot

Recessed seatbacks aid knee room

Very good rear seat shoe room

Medium height rear floor hump

Medium size sun visors and extra driver’s side visor


Excellent wipers

Rear seat room is fine as long as the front seats are up some.

Wide, high-opening rear hatch

No lift-over

Flat cargo deck

Folding deck for added storage underneath

Three-way folding rear seat folds almost flat

Hard material rear cargo cover

Huge rear door bins with large bottle notches

Large front door bins

WOW Factors:

Well-integrated hybrid features

The electric motor recharging port is stylish and easy to use.

Fun personality


Surprisingly roomy interior


Getting kind of big to still be called a Mini

Steering wheel almost too thick

The well-appointed steering wheel is almost too thick in the contoured sections.

Bottom Line:

The 2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 hybrid is a unique compact SUV in a field of cookie cutter vehicles. The hybrid aspect is great in the city and boosts acceleration when needed. The interior is very roomy and comfortable.