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MINI Countryman hybrid running costs, insurance, warranty & tax

The MINI Countryman hybrid will be cheap to run, especially for company-car users, but comparable rivals are a bit cheaper

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

3.0 out of 5

Price
£33,920 - £40,070
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Insurance groupWarrantyService interval2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
26-273yrs / unlimited milesVariableFrom £758 / £1,516

Although the Countryman is far better to drive and more stylish inside and out than rivals like the Kia Niro PHEV, many of them are cheaper, as well as better equipped and slightly more efficient. Finance options on the MINI are also expensive, and you'll struggle to get monthly payments down to under £500 per month.

MINI Countryman hybrid insurance group

There facelifted plug-in Countryman sits in insurance groups 26 and 27, making it the most expensive Countryman aside from the range-topping JCW model to insure. That could make cover pretty costly relative to rivals when you see that no plug-in version of the Kia Niro or Hyundai Ioniq sits higher than group 13.

Warranty

MINI provides the same level of cover as parent company BMW on every new car: a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. That’s pretty much par for the course these days, but it’s not hard to find companies that provide longer cover on their hybrids. Kia, Hyundai and Toyota, for example, offer at least five years’ cover. You can’t directly extend MINI’s basic cover. But, once it expires, you can take out a MINI Insured warranty. There are three levels of cover, but none will cover a car with more than 100,000 miles on the clock.

Servicing

Again, MINI follows BMW and how often your car needs servicing will depend on how it’s driven. Doing lots of short trips could well end up with the car needing more frequent attention than one that spends more of its time cruising on main roads.

If you want to ease the costs of servicing, the 'MINI tlc' package is very tempting. For a one-off fee of £299, it covers all your servicing for three years and 36,000 miles. The package also includes MINI MoT Protect, which means the company will cover the cost of repair or replacement on several parts – as well as the labour costs – if your car fails its first MoT.

Road tax

After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), the MINI Countryman plug-in hybrid will cost £145 a year in road tax (VED). If you push the car’s price above £40,000 with options, it'll cost an extra £335 in road tax on top of this flat rate in years two to six of ownership.

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