Mini also debuts in the field of hybrid cars plugin: arrives the 2019 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4, which runs up to 42 km in electric-only mode. We have tried it on the occasion of the European presentation, between Milan and the shores of Lake Como.
Analysts agree: The future of the automobile will be electric. But it will not be such an immediate future. Too many limitations for “zero emission” cars for costs, autonomy, and recharging difficulties. In the meantime, the best compromise available is certainly that of the hybrid plug in, that is the cars with the double engine (thermal-electric) and rechargeable batteries with a power socket, in order to travel those tens of km of daily mobility in the Electric system only, having the thermal engine available for longer trips.
Mini marries the concept with 2019 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4: The car is all about a Countryman and from outside stands out only for the yellow logos (on the grid, on the trunk and on the door for the charging socket) that indicate the nature. The differences are all inside: under the hood, the well-known three cylinder gasoline of the group BMW 1.5 liters from 136 hp (with 220 Nm already at 1250 rpm); Under the trunk floor, the electric motor (made in BMW) with well 88 hp (65 KW) and 165 Nm available instantaneously. The combined power of the engine synergy is 224 hp, more than enough to make the car, when needed, very sporty, with a burning acceleration (only 6.8 “for the classic 0-100).
The autonomy with only the electric motor is declared in 42 km: not too far from the real. During the test, we traveled in electric about 30 km and the display indicated still 23% of charge available. The batteries recharge quickly: with the classic Wallbox (which you have to pay you) from 3.65 KW in 2.30 h, with a home socket in 3.15 H. Mini works in synergy with the Swiss company Repower which in Italy has created a chain of 150 stations (each for two cars) to recharge in structures of excellence of our country, including hotels, restaurants and museums.
By activating the “Save” mode with a simple button, the batteries also recharge in braking, downhill and thanks to the generator of the starter motor. The same key allows you to choose the Auto mode eDrive (advisable) in which the system manages all by itself and makes you march in electric up to 80 km/h and activates the engine endothermic if the charge is less than 7%. or the Max eDrive mode, which allows you to travel in electrical up to 125 km/h: besides the thermal motor, which can get you to touch the 200 km/h (198). All electrical indications are found in the circular instrument that takes the place of the tachometer. Also beautiful the central display of 8.8 “for infotainment, navigation, and management of the electrical system.
The two motors also realize a 4 × 4 permanent and “intelligent” traction, managed automatically by the electronic unit of the Dynamic stability Control, for maximum safety and sportsmanship.
Electronic sophistication means that, thanks to the Energy Management system, the propulsion system can be worked in synergy with the characteristics of the route chosen on the navigator.
Moving around and quietly in the Milanese traffic is a real pleasure: with a gas wire, it squirts away from the traffic lights, leaving on the spot also the supercar. In this, it gives a hand the excellent automatic transmission Steptronic, here in the version from six reports. Also on the freeway towards Lake Como, you go away which is a pleasure: then we begin to inerpicarci on the mountains above Lake Como.
Narrow streets, steeply sloping, made slimy and insidious by rain, slushed by the woods and branches a bit everywhere. No problem and no limitation: even the hybrid is as agile as any Mini and the integral traction keeps you on the tracks. When we arrive at the summit (at 1250 m of altitude) the battery is reduced to about 20%: We insert the function Save and we get the long descent.
In a few km the level returns to 90%: We put the function Auto eDrive and we travel another 17 km arriving at a destination with still 70% charge. The return to the highway gives another demonstration of the synergistic power of the two thrusters: light foot on the gas and you travel almost at speed code in silence. The driving pleasure, as said, is that sporty of Mini and do not seem to affect more than 140 kg more than the “normal” Countryman.
The price list, considered quality and content, is not slight: it starts from 38,050 euros, which become 40,650 for the staging Jungle and 41,300 for the Hype staging. Eye to Accessories: getting from the parts of the 45,000 is not difficult.
Why You Must Buy 2019 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4
Why buy it: because it is a Mini and brand and quality do not discuss; Because you have a sports soul, but incurably ecological and when you go to work you want to travel quietly and without polluting; Because you want to avoid traffic restrictions.
Why not buy it: net of what said above, because it costs a bang and because there are competitors that also cost over ten thousand euros less (like the Kia Niro Plug in, coming soon); Well, they have fewer horses and are less sporty, but they are very good (and they will hardly steal them).