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Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Mini Countryman

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Either way, with this engine, it takes the Countryman just over nine seconds to go from zero to 60 mph.

The EPA says the FWD version with manual transmission gets 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. With the ALL4 drivetrain and automatic transmission, it gets 22 mpg city and 32 highway.

Next up is the S, which upgrades you to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 horsepower and 207 foot-pounds of torque.

The JCW Countryman uses the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder but has more turbo boost and other tweaks that up the output to 228 horsepower and 258 foot-pounds of torque at 1,350 rpm. It can get to 60 mph in a quick 5.9 seconds.

The hybrid Countryman features the base model's 1.5-liter engine paired with a 7.6-kilowatt battery pack and electric motor. It can travel about 12 miles on battery power alone, and it features plug-in-capability.

On the Road

The Countryman's larger size and greater weight are advantages on the open road.

Its much longer wheelbase (105.1 inches versus 98.2 for the mini Mini) is also a help.

While it may not be able to pirouette a U-turn on one tire -- as the regular Mini feels like it can and almost does -- it feels more relaxed on the interstate.

Its additional ground clearance means it can go places and deal with conditions the lower Mini can't.

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