MINI Countryman hybrid reliability & safety
Good crash-test results and low fault rates bode well, but you'll have to pay extra for extra safety systems
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2017)||90%||80%||51%|
MINI shares much of its technology with its BMW parent company, so there's little for buyers to worry about when it comes to either reliability or safety. Strong Euro NCAP ratings and an impressively low rate of reported faults in the Driver Power survey bode well for prospective Countryman owners.
MINI Countryman hybrid reliability & problems
The MINI brand didn't fare terribly well in the 2020 Driver Power owner survey, finishing 26th out of 30 manufacturers. Existing owners cited poor practicality and fiddly infotainment systems; it's reassuring however, that only 8% of owners had reported faults; over 20% of BMW drivers had experienced issues with their cars.
It's a shame that the Countryman PHEV's battery is only covered by the car's standard three-year warranty, however, especially when you consider that many rivals offer a much longer battery warranty.
While the facelifted model has yet to be tested, the outgoing car achieved the full five-star score in Euro NCAP crash tests, with individual results of 90% for adult occupant protection and 80% for child occupants. It's a shame that you can't have a space-saver spare wheel, as the batteries take up the space in the boot. You also have to pay extra for a reversing camera (sensors are standard), adaptive cruise control (a normal system is standard fit), traffic-sign recognition and lane-keeping assistance.
Still, there are eight airbags as standard in addition to the compulsory anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. Also standard are autonomous emergency braking and a bonnet that pops up slightly in a pedestrian collision to help cushion the impact.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe MINI Countryman plug-in hybrid is not only pretty cheap to run – particularly for business drivers – it’s desirable and good to drive, too
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingA useful 30-mile range and low CO2 emissions make the Countryman competitive; real-world fuel efficiency will vary
- 3Running costsThe MINI Countryman hybrid will be cheap to run, especially for company-car users, but comparable rivals are a bit cheaper
- 4Engines, drive & performanceOne of the best plug-in hybrid SUVs to drive, but the ride is on the firmer side
- 5Interior & comfortWell designed and with good infotainment, the Countryman's interior is comfortable and solid
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe MINI Countryman hybrid is one of the more practical plug-ins and should be big enough for small families
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingGood crash-test results and low fault rates bode well, but you'll have to pay extra for extra safety systems