2019 Mini Countryman Just when it appears the automotive trade has misplaced its way with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for each countryman, a simple automobile emerges. For over 50 years, this automobile has been the 2019 Mini Countryman.
Usually derided by lovers as home equipment, the no-frills commuter car gets the overwhelming majority of customers where they need to go in the manner they want to get there, safely and at a worth. The 2019 Mini Countryman does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive industry has gotten slightly nuts: the average transaction value for a brand new automobile is more than $37,000, in keeping with Kelley Blue Guide. Simple accountable the automakers in this period of no accountability but we are the ones paying those massive prices for big vehicles loaded with stuff we don’t use all that much.
For just below $23,000, the 2019 Mini Countryman puts each dollar to practical use.
Even though it rides on a new platform, the 2019 Mini Countryman blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball game. On closer inspection, the Hybrid will get blue accents across the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it looks more composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that tried too laborious to be completely different. The Fu Manchu entrance fascia is more streamlined and less indignant, and the whole look is smoother entrance to again. But nonetheless, the only time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The primary-ever 2019 Mini Countryman within the US is built on Toyota’s two decades of success with hybrid powertrains. It uses the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the present Prius, with two motors and an environment friendly 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Whole output with the fixed ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system uses exhaust warmth to warm engine coolant and get the engine heated faster. The cabin heats quicker, too, which could be significant for cold-weather shoppers wary of the chilly vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical vehicle.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as a lot as the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a surprising bit of pop. Extra importantly, it is rated at 53 mpg city, 52 mpg combined, same as hybrid variations of the Honda Perception, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For conventional hybrids with out a plug, the 2019 Mini Countryman trails solely the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round town, with the electronically managed brake set within the drive mode, the 2019 Mini Countryman averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week around city. Setting EV mode helps conserve vitality underneath low throttle as much as about 20 mph, and then again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there may be enough cost within the battery.
The battery is positioned under the rear seat, so you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for an excellent load ground. Rear seat room is enough enough to suit two teenagers, and general it felt roomy enough for a family of 4.
The only trim in the Hybrid comes normal with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, with automated emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works both at freeway cruising speeds and in commuter site visitors from 24 mph down to a stop. It also comes with the eight-inch touch display screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster display to stay aggressive.
Priced at solely $3,000 greater than the 2019 Mini Countryman and $1,200 lower than a equally equipped Honda Insight (EX trim), the 2019 Mini Countryman is the perfectly practical, remarkably reasonable around-town automobile.
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