MINI Countryman Cooper S E All4 range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The Countryman will do just over 12 miles of electric running in real-world use, and the petrol engine will return around 35mpg in varied driving.

The MINI Countryman PHEV's official pure-electric range of just over 12 miles on a single charge is some way off that of rivals such as the Kia Niro and Mitsubishi Outlander.

MINI Countryman Cooper S E All4 range

According to the latest WLTP test, the Countryman will cover an electric driving range of up to 12.4 miles from a full charge. You can expect to get more than that from a Mitsubishi Outlander, Hyundai Ioniq or Kia Niro PHEV, which could well make the difference between commuting fuel-free or not.

You're best off disregarding the official combined fuel-economy figure of just under 120mpg, since that can be misleading (a problem with any PHEV).

It's best to calculate your costs by first figuring out how much mileage you can cover easily within the MINI's 12.4-mile maximum pure-electric real-world range. Then assume a real-world fuel economy of around 35mpg for any mileage you'll be doing after that, which is what our colleagues at Auto Express achieved when they lived with the Countryman PHEV for six months.

It could also be a frustration that the MINI has a small 36-litre fuel tank, which will see you visiting the petrol station regularly on long trips. As with any plug-in hybrid, if you do a lot of short journeys and can charge regularly, you can enjoy virtually fuel-free motoring. If you do a lot of long journeys then a standard, efficient diesel or petrol car could well prove cheaper to buy and run than a PHEV.

Charge time

The Countryman is supplied with a Type 2 charging cable for public chargers, and a three-pin cable for charging up from a normal domestic wall socket. Recharging the 7.6kWh battery should take around three hours from a household socket or just over two hours from any dedicated car charger of 7kW or more.

The MINI's charging speed is capped at 3.7kW to protect the battery's life expectancy, so there's no rapid 30-minute charge available regardless of how fast the charger is that you might plug into.

The charging port in the MINI is on the car's passenger-side front wing, which is easy enough to access, but can be a bit of a pain if you can't park parallel to the charger.