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Mini Countryman 2024: new-gen SUV goes electric with 462km driving range


We’ve had our first look at the Mini Countryman, which is now available as a full EV – besting its plug-in hybrid predecessor

Alongside the debut of the new Mini Cooper electric hatch at this year’s IAA Munich motor show, the small-car specialist also whipped the covers off its next-generation Countryman.

Unlike the Cooper, we hadn’t seen the new Countryman until today – and surprise: it’s available as a full EV, like its cousin under the skin, the BMW iX1.

Mini Countryman EV 2024 rear end
Mini Countryman EV 2024 grey front three quarter
Squarer lines for the new Countryman, which uses the BMW iX1’s platform

The Countryman will be a clear competitor to its relation, plus the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Mercedes-Benz EQA.

Now in its third generation, the Countryman will be offered with both front- and all-wheel drive electric layouts, while thermal powertrains are expected later.

Single-motor FWD or dual-motor AWD available

Fed by a 66.4kWh battery, the Countryman will be offered with a 150kW/250Nm single front motor in Cooper E trim.

But those seeking AWD grip can opt for much more powerful 230kW/494Nm configuration in dual-motor all-wheel drive SE ALL4 guise.

Mini Countryman EV 2024 old PHEV vs new EV
The previous Countryman (left) capped out with a plug-in hybrid. The new one (right) is fully-electric

This puts the electric Countryman at identical levels of performance to the current iX1 xDrive30 – already on sale and reviewed in Australia.

The vehicles share the BMW UKL2 platform that supports electrification, hybridisation and thermal engines.

Mini Countryman EV 2024 tan interior
The interior shares some tech with the new Cooper hatch, but the dash shaping is unqiue

It’s also understood that the Countryman will be available with combustion variants going forward but details of petrol or hybrid models were not available today.

Local Australian information regarding the electric Mini Countryman is yet to be announced, however the model is expected to launch locally during 2024. 

What else should you know about the new Countryman?

Mini says the new Countryman has grown significantly over the old model and is now 130mm longer and 60mm taller than before.

It’s still a smaller vehicle than the BMW iX1, but at over 4400mm in length, the new Countryman brushes up against the smallest midsize SUVs.

Mini Countryman EV 2024 side profile
It’s not as long as a BMW X1, but the Countryman grows significantly from the previous generation

No doubt that will lead to a resurgence of claims that the Countryman isn’t exactly mini.

Much like the new Cooper electric hatch, the Countryman also scores a brand-new exterior and a very different-looking interior, too.

2024 Mini Countryman Electric all4 screen up close
The circular display offers a choice of themes

Inside, the Countryman features the same prominent round central screen as the hatch which is 9.4-inches, or 240mm in diameter. 

For the first time, Mini has used textile surfaces across the interior which has also been incorporated for the hatch.