The Mini Countryman was initially introduced in 2010 as a small crossover SUV related to the old Paceman. And because more people like crossovers than those who like simple hatchbacks, the Countryman started picking up loads of orders. After a few updates, the second-generation iteration was launched in 2017. This very model has now got yet another makeover and has now been launched in India as the 2021 Mini Countryman. The premium automaker has only made two variants of the new Countryman available in our market – the Cooper S and Cooper S JCW Inspire. Ex-showroom prices for the Cooper S start at Rs 39.50 Lakh, whilst the racy JCW versions start at Rs 43.40 Lakh.
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At the launch of the 2021 Mini Countryman was Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India. He said,
“The new MINI Countryman guarantees exciting new experiences, whether on a planned holiday or a spontaneous getaway. We are pleased to launch the new MINI Countryman for the first time with an all-in ‘Absolute Value’ offer for our customers that ensures a comprehensive ownership experience.”
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Since it is a Sports Activity Vehicle, the Mini Countryman tries to combine a practical crossover body with sporty performance. With the recent facelift, the 2021 Countryman gets a few exterior tweaks to separate it from its predecessor. The revisions come in the form of a new front grille with a hexagonal grid pattern, new LED headlamps, redesigned front & rear bumpers, new LED taillights with the Union Jack motif, and some fresh alloy wheel designs.
The 2021 Countryman gets full-LED headlamps as standard
In profile, however, the 2021 Mini Countryman looks almost identical to the model it replaces. As you can imagine, the JCW Inspire version gets larger alloy wheels with run-flat tires and a sportier aero kit.
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The taillight sports the Union Jack motif
Along with the few revisions on the outside, the 2021 Mini Countryman is now available in two new colors. These new colors are Sage Green and White Silver. Moving on to the interior, the 2021 Mini Countryman offers plenty of features (both standard and optional).
Tick enough boxes, however, and you will get LED mood lighting, a head-up display, a digital instrument display, and a panoramic sunroof. These are followed by items like an 8.8-inch touch-infotainment display, a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, and an electronically-operated tailgate. ‘Mini’ touches such as the airplane-style toggle switches and so is the circular housing for the infotainment display.
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The Countryman’s build quality is quite good
Ever since Mini was bought by BMW, the build quality and fit-and-finish of their cars have been getting better and better. That holds true for the 2021 Countryman as well, with most of the materials and switchgear feeling premium and well-made.
The interior of the facelifted Countryman is finished in either premium leather (on the JCW Inspire) or black leatherette (on the Cooper S). Meanwhile, the JCW Inspire variant also gets a few extra shiny trims and more standard features over the Cooper S. In general, the cabin of the Countryman feels spacious enough and offers a good view out of the windows. And if you opt for the panoramic sunroof, the feeling of airiness and space will get even better.
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The 2021 Countryman gets a small digital driver’s display
No matter which variant you pick, the 2021 Mini Countryman comes with only one engine option. It is a BMW-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit that sends 189hp and 280Nm of torque to the front wheels. Meanwhile, transmission duties are handled by a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and the Countryman gets two driving modes as well.
Flick it into its most aggressive mode, and the 2021 Countryman will accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.5 seconds. Given enough road, the Mini Countryman will go on to hit a top speed of 225 kmph. Interested buyers can place their booking for the facelifted Countryman via Mini’s website or by visiting one of their dealerships.
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