Last month we saw the biggest Mini ever at the LA Auto Show. This month Mini gives us the lowdown on just how much it cost to ride. The lowdown turns out to not be so low. As, like the rest of the 2017 Countryman, it grows quite a bit.
The base Cooper trim jumps over $5,000 from the current model. It will start off at $26,950. But, Mini says the more expensive sticker price comes a boatload of new standard features. Previously, these features were sold separately or as a part of a variety of packages.
The features getting included in the 2017 model include a Panoramic Sunroof, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, rearview camera, auto headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The S trim comes with standard LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, sport seats, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Both the base and S ALL4 versions come standard with heat seats.
Aside from these now standard ‘add-ons,’ the Countryman also offers a whole lot more in terms of space and power.
Behind the rear seats cargo room measures 17.6 cubic-feet. Fold the standard 40/20/40 rear split and sliding rear seats for an added 30 cubic feet. The extra space comes from growing 8.1-inches in overall length and getting 1.3-inches wider.
The power ratings also go up. The new base engine uses BMW tech. The TwinPower turbocharged engine creates 134-horsepower and 162 lb-ft torque. The S now carries a four-cylinder TwinPower Turbocharged engine with 189-horses and 207 lb-ft of torque.
So all things consider, the price goes up, but so does what you get. The Cooper and Cooper S models go on sale in March. The all new S E Hybrid model-see? there really is a lot more for the new year-will join the lineup in June.
Starting Prices for 2017:
- Cooper $26,950
- Cooper ALL4 $28,950
- Cooper S 29,950
- Cooper S ALL4 $31,950
Cooper S E pricing will come out closer to its June release.