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The new MINI Countryman is the best way to explore the city. Compact on the outside, but surprisingly spacious on the inside, MINI’s family-friendly SUV is perfectly sized for winding through tight narrow streets. Plus, with a plug-in hybrid engine that offers up to 26 miles of electric range, your urban adventure is even more affordable and low-impact.

Explore the city with the new MINI Countryman

Get a city view with a difference

The new MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid is an even more efficient way to explore the UK’s towns and cities, with up to 26 miles of rechargeable all-electric range and CO2 emissions as low as 39g/km.

And don’t think hybrid means less fun. With 217bhp, near-instant electric punch from 284 lb ft of torque and a hybrid-specific all-wheel-drive for added grip, you have a punchy 0-62mph performance of 6.8 seconds.

As a spacious, family-friendly SUV, the new MINI Countryman also gives you a lofty and commanding view of a city’s streets. But to get the very best vistas, you need to head even higher.

London is packed with amazing ways to see the city from above – ranging from iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Tower Bridge to skyscrapers such as The Shard and the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street.

Perhaps the most invigorating way to see the London skyline, though, is on a rooftop climb of the O2 Arena. Alternatively, if you want someone else to take the strain, cross the Thames on the Emirates Air Line cable car across the Thames, or scale up the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the London 2012 Olympic Park and let gravity do the work as you speed back down the world’s longest tunnel slide.

In Edinburgh you can scale the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat or stroll to the Dugald Stewart Monument on Calton Hill to get two very different views across the streets. The Clifton Suspension Bridge offers stunning views down the River Avon to Bristol’s docks, while Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth and Brighton i360 offer commanding views across the English Channel. 

The new MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid is an even more efficient way to explore the city, with up to 31 miles of all-electric range

Get urban active

You don’t have to leave the city for thrilling outdoor adventures. There are lots of ways to enjoy adventurous sports in the urban jungle. With five seats, a spacious, versatile boot that offers from 450 to 1390 litres of luggage space, and a range of roof rail, rear cycle rack and storage accessories, there’s even more room to stay sporty in the new MINI Countryman.

The UK’s cities are getting more bike friendly. But, if you fancy something a bit different (and more high-speed), it’s worth trying out a velodrome. Lee Valley Velopark was home to London 2012’s cycling events. As well as trying out the steeply banked indoor track you can sample the BMX park and cycling routes round the Olympic Park. The Calshot Velodrome in Southampton, Manchester’s National Cycling Centre, the Derby Velodrome, the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome in South Wales, and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow all offer similarly impressive facilities.

Want to go surfing, but don’t fancy the trip to the coast? Well, head to The Wave – a new artificial inland surfing lagoon near Bristol, where you can enjoy up to 1000 impressive 6ft waves every hour without getting sand between your toes. Alternatively, Wake Up Docklands lets you wakeboard in front of London’s iconic skyscrapers.

To see your city from a different waterborne perspective, there are a wealth of ways to explore urban waterways – whether it’s by kayak, paddleboard or open water swimming. Secret Adventures offers a range of urban kayaking tours across London, while the Liverpool Watersports Centre, Manchester’s Helly Hansen Watersports Centre and CBK Adventure in Newcastle let you see these cities from a new perspective.

Another way to get wet without a long trip to the country is the Lee Valley White Water Centre, just 17 miles out of London. Another host venue for London 2012, it offers lots of thrilling ways to enjoy its rapids (ranging from rafts and kayaks to family-friendly tubing). 

Finally, if scaling heights is your thing, Rokt in Yorkshire, home to Britain’s biggest outdoor climbing wall on the outside of an old grain silo. At 36m in height, it’s taller than the Tower of London and the Angel of the North (with equally impressive views).

“With five seats, a large boot, and a range of roof rail, rear cycle rack and boot storage accessories, there’s even more room to stay sporty in the new MINI Countryman”

EXPLORE YOUR CREATIVE SIDE

With 10 vibrant paint colours, contrast roof and mirror caps, five different bonnet stripes, 11 alloy designs and a multitude of interior trims, there are a wealth of ways to customise your new MINI Countryman to your taste. Need some inspiration? Well, there are lots of ways to discover amazing art and design across the UK – in some equally impressive buildings.

Obviously, London has a wealth of venues to cover all tastes – ranging from the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts and the V&A, to the Design Museum, Tate Britain and the Tate Modern. But London doesn’t have a monopoly on artistic expression or great design. The Tate, for example, has impressive satellite galleries – Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives that share the very best work from the its collection.

Elsewhere on the south coast, the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent, uses the inspiration of landscape painter JWM Turner to highlight local artists, while the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has an amazing selection of art and archeological collections.

 The Nottingham Contemporary is one of the UK’s largest contemporary art galleries with a wealth of ever-changing exhibitions, while in Manchester’s thriving Salford Quays district you can see the iconic works of L.S. Lowry in The Lowry

Heading north, the stunning Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire curates the best international modern art, while the imposing BALTIC Centre has intriguing exhibitions and impressive views of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Tyne Bridge to Newcastle.

Finally, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh and the V&A Dundee (in a stunning Japanese-designed building evoking the cliffs of East Scotland) let you round off a tour of Britain’s best art and design. Now it’s time to spec that MINI…

The NEW MINI Countryman:
the big mini. now better than ever.

The new MINI Countryman is the biggest, most versatile member of the MINI family.

It blends stylishly rugged looks and a spacious, high-tech, five-seat SUV interior with up to 1390 litres of highly flexible and adaptable luggage space – while also offering a wealth of ways to customise your car your way, making it feel even more premium or even more practical. 

Add in the ability to choose confidence-inspiring ALL4 all-wheel-drive and a Plug-in Hybrid engine that delivers up to 26 miles of all-electric running and impressive fuel efficiency, and you’ve got the perfect partner for big adventures with family and friends.

Flexible seating for five
The perfect family-size SUV, with versatile 40:20:40 rear seats as standard or the option of a sliding rear bench.

Plenty of luggage space
With 450 litres as standard, and up to 1390 litres with the rear seats down, you can carry more stuff, more easily.

Easy to load
A large practical tailgate comes as standard, while the Activity Pack adds an automatic tailgate with hands-free ‘Easy Opener’.

Packed with technology
A digital dashboard display and touchscreen, better smartphone connectivity, more safety aids and LED headlights.

TwinPower Turbo engines
Choose from high-tech petrol performance or responsive diesel efficiency across the MINI Countryman range

 

Efficient plug-in hybrid
The MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid delivers up to 26 miles of electric range, up to 166.2mpg and CO2 as low as 39g/km.

ALL4 all-wheel-drive
Delivering added confidence and safety for slippery road conditions, as well as off-road flexibility when needed.

Show your own style
Pick from 10 vibrant colours and a wealth of contrasting roof colours, bonnet stripes, alloy wheels and other style features. 

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Just like the spacious family-size new MINI Countryman, Britain is bigger than you think. With epic mountains, amazing forests, rugged coasts, scenic lakes, thrilling cities, and inspiring culture, there’s no shortage of great destinations for a break with a difference with family and friends. The new MINI Countryman is perfect for it all.

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