The 2018 MINI Countryman is a premium compact-SUV that has been designed to be the largest MINI model available in the market. The all-new MINI Countryman has been equipped with latest technologies and a huge range of convenience features to stand out in the SUV segment.
The exterior of the 2018 Countryman has been revamped while at the same time, the designers have ensured that the vehicle still has its classic MINI look. The designers at the MINI have specially designed the 2018 Countryman to retain its iconic style with a touch of modern design. This luxury SUV is available in the UAE with two engine options that are both offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission and 6-speed manual transmission.
Here is a detailed review of the all-new 2018 MINI Countryman that is available in the UAE with a closer look at its design, performance, engine options and a lot more.
MINI vehicles are famous for their iconic design, exciting color options and powerful. The exterior is wide with brilliantly carved character lines that add an athletic stance to this vehicle. The brand is calling this luxury compact-SUV as the most spacious MINI ever, thanks to its capacity to accommodate 5 occupants while offering plenty of legroom and headroom for all the occupants.
The exterior of the all-new MINI Countryman is available in 8 exciting colors. These colors include the signature Chestnut, Island Blue, Midnight Black, Moonwalk Grey, Light White, iconic British Racing Green II, Lapisluxury Blue and Melting Silver. For an added colour option, the roof and side mirrors of the MINI are also available in black and white color.
The exterior of the 2018 MINI Countryman has been revamped for a taller, wider and sportier look. Although, the signature design elements are kept the same to retain the iconic MINI look, however, the 2018 Countryman has been designed to stand out from the previous models with its broader stance. The front fascia of the 2018 Countryman boasts a relatively less broad and taller grille that covers just a small portion of its front rather than covering the whole front fascia like the previous models. For a luxurious appeal, the grille has chrome accents that make the front appear extremely elegant and classy.
Thanks to its smaller grille, there is plenty of space for the air dams, lower bumper and air intakes. Just below the grille is a big air dam along with two large air intakes that prevent the engine from overheating during longer rides. On either sides of the intakes are fog lamps that have been installed to enhance the visibility of the road during limited visibility conditions. Large signature LED headlights are installed at an angular position on either side of the grille to enhance the sporty look and help the 2018 MINI Countryman retain its signature design.
To help the MINI achieve the best aerodynamics, the exterior has been designed with chiseled lines on the sides and a longer hood. The muscular fenders are fitted with 19-inch spoke light alloy wheels that make the MINI look more muscular and sportier than its previous models. The 2018 Countryman has been designed for a luxurious look by adding chrome strips around the windows, rear screen and door handles. The rear of the MINI Countryman features signature tailgate and tailpipes for the conic MINI look. The 2018 MINI also features roof rails to increase the cargo capacity according to the preference of the occupants.
The 2018 Countryman stands out from the previous models because of its spacious interior that has been equipped with limitless customization options. The company claims the 2018 MINI Countryman to be the most spacious MINI ever. This compact-SUV has the capacity to accommodate 5 occupants with plenty of legroom and headroom for all occupants. The interior of the 2018 Countryman comes with a panoramic sunroof for a luxurious appeal and picturesque views. In front of the driver is a leather-wrapped steering wheel that features button for cruise control, audio control and a lot more.
The front of the cabin features 6-way adjustable bucket seats that have been equipped with heating system, whereas the rear of the cabin has been fitted with 40/20/40 split folding bench seat that can be folded down to increase the cargo space when required. For an enhanced in-cabin experience, the cabin has been fitted with advanced technological features including Voice Activation System, Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, Dual Zone Climate Control System, 6.5-inch high-resolution display, 6-Speaker Audio System, Navigation, Hands-free Communication and a lot more.
For customization the MINI Countryman also comes with optional technological features that are MINI Connected 5.0, Wireless Charging, Apple CarPlay, 8.8-inch High-Resolution Touchscreen and a lot more.
The 2018 MINI Countryman has been engineered to be a front-wheel drive SUV, however, it is also available with an optional all-wheel drive system in the UAE. This compact SUV is available with two powerful engine options that are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission for smooth transition. Both engine option are also available with an optional 6-speed manual transmission.
The first engine option that is offered with the 2018 MINI Countryman is a 1.5-litre Inline 4-Cylinder twin turbocharged engine that can generate 136 horsepower and 220Nm of torque. Equipped with this engine, the 2018 MINI Countryman has a top speed of 202 Km/h and it can accelerate from 0 to 100 Km/h in 9.6s.
The second engine option offered with the 2018 MINI Countryman is a 2.0-litre 4-Cylinder twin turbocharged engine that can generate 192 horsepower and 280Nm of torque. Fitted with this engine, this compact SUV has a top speed of 225 Km/h and has the capability to accelerate from 0 to 100 Km/h in 7.5s.
The 2018 Countryman comes with three Driving Modes which include Mid, Sport and Green modes. The Green mode has been designed especially for better fuel efficiency and the Mid mode offers better stability and grip over the vehicle. Whereas, the Sport mode has been engineered for aggressive and more powerful performance.
The all-new MINI Countryman has been equipped with some of the latest active safety features to ensure the safety and comfort of all the occupants. The huge range of standard and optional safety features makes this compact SUV an ideal option for both family car enthusiast and adventure enthusiast. The brand has specially equipped the SUV with advanced driver-assistance technologies to ensure that the driver has better control over the vehicle, regardless of the driving conditions.
Some of the most notable standard safety features of the 2018 MINI Countryman include:
- Traction Control
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Rear View Camera
- Dynamic Stability Control
- Parking Assist
- Rear Park Distance Control
- Ultra-Rigid Body with Multiphase Steel Frame
- Attentiveness Assistance
- Eight Dual-Stage Airbags
- Anti-lock Brakes
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Seatbelt Pretensioners
The optional advanced driver-assistance technologies offered with the 2018 MINI Countryman are:
- Forward Collision Warning
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Active Driving Assistance
- High Beam Assist
- Head-up Display
- Automatic Emergency Braking
The 2018 MINI Countryman is a sub-compact SUV that is already available in the UAE with a huge range of customizable options and two engine options to choose from. This incredible premium sub-compact SUV is available at a starting price of AED 135,000 and this can go as high as AED 165,000 depending on the selected convenience features and engine options.
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