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New Mini Countryman – South African pricing and line-up

The new Mini Countryman is launching in South Africa before the end of the second quarter of 2024 from a starting price of R758,820.

At launch, the Mini crossover will be available in three petrol-powered specifications badged the C, S, and John Cooper Works (JCW), with the all-electric SE to hit showrooms shortly thereafter.

The next-generation Countryman features a completely new look, a refined chassis, and a refreshed interior design with heaps of tech.

Countryman specifications

The new Countryman C sports a 1.5-litre, turbocharged petrol motor putting out 115kW and 240Nm, and it channels power to the front axle through an automatic seven-speed shifter.

The least powerful of the lot, this entry-level option accelerates to 100km/h in 8.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 212km/h, while fuel usage is rated at 6.1l/100km.

The mid-range Countryman S as well as the flagship JCW employ a larger 2.0-litre mill, with the former generating 150kW and 300Nm and the latter 233kW and 400Nm.

Both derivatives get the same transmission as the C, but deliver drive to all four wheels via Mini’s All4 system which “provides a noticeable increase in traction, safety, driving stability, and agility” over the front-wheel-drive models, said the automaker.

As a result, the S reaches triple digits in a quicker 7.1 seconds and tops out at 228km/h, whereas the JCW dispenses the sprint in 5.4 seconds and climbs to a maximum of 250km/h.

They are slightly thirstier, with fuel consumption coming in at 6.5l/100km and 8.3l/100km, respectively.

The entire Countryman range provides three drive modes comprising Green which is focused on maximising efficiency, Core which gives you the most balanced experience, and Go-Kart which is all about providing the most thrilling drive.

Additionally, the slightly increased track width and longer wheelbase in comparison to the outgoing generation affords better driving dynamics and increased comfort.

As the pinnacle model the JCW also receives an adaptive suspension system as standard, which is an optional extra on the S but not available on the C.

Buyers of the new Countryman can look forward to amenities such as push-button start, a multifunction steering wheel, heated Sports seats, cloth/artificial leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, climate control, a voice assistant, six speakers, cruise control, automatic LED lights with high-beam assist, rain-sensing wipers, an electric tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, a reverse camera, hill-start assist, and six airbags.

The crossover also boasts a “world first” 9.4-inch circular OLED display which shows driving information such as the speed and remaining range, as well as media functions like navigation or Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Visually, there’s not much separating the Countryman C and S, apart from the C riding on 17-inch alloys and the S on 18-inchers.

Once again the JCW is elevated by a number of enhancements, including a sporty body kit, 20-inch wheels, model-exclusive seats, a heated steering wheel, a 12-speaker stereo, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and driver fatigue monitoring.

In this latest iteration the biggest Mini on the market grew 13cm in length and 8cm in height, thus seeing an increase in boot space to 440 litres with the rear seats up and 1,530 litres with the rear bench folded down.

Price

The South African pricing and model line-up of the new Mini Countryman are as follows, as provided by our sources at Duoporta vehicle information specialists:

Each purchase carries a 2-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty and a 5-year/100,000km maintenance plan.


Mini Countryman John Cooper Works All4


Mini Countryman S All4


Mini Countryman C


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