Monthly Update for February 2018 — 2018 Mini Countryman Hybrid Long-Term Road Test

2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4: Monthly Update for February 2018

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 didn’t go on any long trips this month since our editors are getting used to its plug-in electric ways. We did drive it all around Southern California, though, taking advantage of the efficiency of its little turbocharged three-cylinder engine up front and the additional pep from electric drivetrain in the back. From a stop, it accelerates fast and lets you squeeze into traffic without cutting off your lane neighbor.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
One of the issues with plug-in hybrids is that editors must record both gas fill-ups and electric charging. Due to the limited electric mileage of the Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4, the record-keeping can get to be bothersome. But as our second month with this plucky wagon comes to an end, we’ll continue to log all the data we can while hustling around town.

Average lifetime mpg: 32.8
EPA mpg rating: 27 combined
Average electric range: 14 miles
Best electric range: 21.4 miles
EPA electric range rating: 12 miles
Current odometer: 2,295 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep

Logbook Highlights

"The Mini plug-in made a solid first impression on me this weekend. I drove it home, fully charged, on my 20-mile commute. The car estimated I had 17 miles of electric range, but it ran out of electrons at around the 14-mile mark. The car would’ve likely made it the full range if not for the 8-mile hill climb on my way home. From that point on, the Mini was in hybrid mode for the remainder of the weekend since I didn’t have a place to plug in. The good news is that the car drove almost like a regular Mini despite not being charged. This makes it a far more fun alternative to a Prius plug-in." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor


"For being a ‘green car,’ our Mini plug-in doesn’t do a good job of communicating its stats up front. Need to see what your average fuel economy is? It’s buried under three menu screens. Want to know how long it will take to charge the battery? Don’t bother looking anywhere in the car, the charge status (also buried under three menus) only tells you when the charging is complete.

"People who buy EVs and hybrids are into these things. They love to see how they can improve the numbers and tell their friends about the awesome mileage they got. Other plug-ins surface this information much better. On the Mini, it seems like an afterthought." — Ron Montoya