The Mini Countryman has been around since the 1960s when, as a small station wagon,
it sold alongside the classic Mini.
After being off the scene for a number of years, BMW brought it back in 2010, this time as
the first Mini.
While it could be argued that the Mini Moke that was built in Australia until the early 1980s
could be classed as an SUV, the Countryman came with a raft of features not seen in the
cute little Aussie Moke. To start with it had a roof – something that was an optional extra
on the Moke!
But back to the present, and the latest version of the Countryman which has just arrived
here and will go on sale in the first quarter of 2024.
It comes with innovative new technology including a host of new driver assist technologies,
markedly increased versatility and an array of customisable options.
The new design philosophy of ‘Charismatic Simplicity’ pays homage to the minimalist
design of the classic Mini while allowing each individual model to showcase its own unique
New Countryman comes with two variants, 2WD C and AWD S. Each has three equipment
level. C has Core, Classic and Favoured; S has Classic, Favoured and JCW Sport.
Prices range from $49,990 for the C Core to $63,990 for the S JCW Sport. On-road costs
to be added,
New Countryman is marginally longer (13 cm) and taller (6 cm) than the outgoing model.
It does provide a larger luggage volume than before, up to 505 litres with the rear
seatbacks in place and 1530 litres when folded.
The entry-level Countryman C comes with a three-cylinder turbocharged engine that
produces 115kW of power and 230Nm of torque. This allows it to complete the standard
sprint from 0-100km/h in 9.0 seconds.
Countryman S gets a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 150kW of power and
300Nm of torque.
The Countryman C comes as standard with 18-inch light alloy wheels, while the
Countryman S receives 19-inch light alloy wheels in its standard kit. Light alloy wheels of
up to 20 inches in various designs are optionally available for further customisation.
Standard safety features include six airbags, ABS brakes with cornering brake control,
autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane change warning, dynamic
stability control, exit warning, intelligent emergency call, rear collision prevention and rear
cross traffic alert with brake intervention.
Driving Assistant Plus package is optionally available for Countryman C and standard for
Countryman S. It adds camera and ultrasound-based assistance including active cruise
control with stop and go functionality, collision prevention, surround view, remote 3D View,
drive recorder and parking assistant.
Fitted with the new Mini Operating System 9, the Mini Interaction Unit can be operated
intuitively via touch or voice, with the user interface reminiscent of an everyday
smartphone. The new Mini Countryman now boasts wireless compatibility with both Apple
CarPlay and Android Auto.
C Core: $49,990
C Classic: $52,990
C Favoured: $55,990
S Classic: $58,990
S Favoured: $61,990
S JCW Sport: $63,990
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your
local Mini dealer for drive-away prices.