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The new MINI Countryman is perfect for big mountain days out. Its powerful TwinPower Turbo engines and optional ALL4 all-wheel-drive help you tackle steep roads with confidence, while the spacious five-seat interior and versatile luggage bay let you take all you need for a scaled up experience – whether you’re climbing the mountains, descending them, or flying alongside the slopes.

Explore the mountain with the new MINI Countryman

Climb every mountain

With seating for up to five and a luggage bay that can expand from 450 litres to 1390 litres, there’s more than enough room in the new MINI Countryman for all the gear you need for a hiking expedition with friends or family – and there’s no bigger British mountain-taming exercise than the Three Peaks Challenge.

The Three Peaks Challenge involves scaling the UK’s three tallest peaks: Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (Lake District) and Snowdon (Wales) – a total ascent of 3064m and 23 miles of walking. Usually tackled north to south, it can be done in a gruelling 24 hours or a leisurely three days (but doing all three peaks in a year is not an unreasonable task). 

If you want to ease your way in, there are regional Three Peak Challenges for Yorkshire (Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough), Wales (Snowdon, Cader Idris and Pen y Fan), and Surrey (Box Hill, Holmbury Hill and Leith Hill). 

If you fancy something a little less extreme, there are lots of other great family-friendly ways to feel like you’re scaling Britain’s heights. The High Street Mountain climb along Long Stile ridge is a popular scenic route in the Lake District. Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales offers a variety of routes from Goredale Scar to reach the stunning Limestone pavement on top of its dramatic craggy amphitheatre, while Mam Tor is a great spot for family hiking in the Peak District.

“With powerful TwinPower Turbo engines and confidence-inspiring optional ALL4 all-wheel-drive, the new MINI Countryman is perfect for scaling mountain roads”

Fly through the peaks and valleys

With powerful TwinPower Turbo engines and an engaging, fun-to-drive chassis – with the option of confidence-inspiring optional ALL4 all-wheel-drive – the new MINI Countryman is the perfect family car for scaling (or descending) vertiginous mountain roads. But there’s an even more enjoyable way to swoop through the peaks and valleys. We’re talking zip wires.

At 1555m in length, Velocity 2 at ZipWorld in North Wales is the longest (and fastest) zip wire in the UK. With a starting altitude of 500m and an incline of 20 degrees, you and your family or friends reach 60mph in under 10 seconds and up to 100mph as you speed across Penrhyn Quarry. The Eden Project biodomes in Cornwall offer an incredible backdrop as you soar 600m at up to 60mph across the old quarry with Hangloose Adventure, while the 490m-long wire at Adrenalin Quarry in Cornwall lets you fly over a tree-lined lake.

There are plenty of other amazing ways to experience the UK’s mountain ranges from on high. Why not try out a passenger tandem flight in a glider – either enjoying the serene ride, or maybe even taking control yourself? The North Wales Gliding Club on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, the Black Mountain Gliding Club in the Brecon Beacons in South Wales, the Lakes Gliding Club in the Lake District and the Highland Gliding Club and Cairngorms Gliding Club in the Scottish Highlands are all ideally located to let you savour the best British mountain updrafts, which truly come alive in Autumn and Spring.

Tackle the slopes by ski or board

You may think you need to head to Europe to indulge a passion for skiing, but there are lots of ways to take to the slopes in the UK. The new MINI Countryman is also the ideal car for a ski trip – big or small – thanks to 40:20:40 rear seats that let you put ski gear through the middle, while still seating two rear passengers in comfort.

Plus, with powerful engines and optional ALL4 all-wheel drive that can conquer alpine peaks (or parking aids that help you navigate a crowded snowdome car park in summer), you won’t be held back – whatever the weather.

Obviously, the Scottish Highlands offer your best bet of UK winter snow. With up to 40km of pistes, Glenshee in the Cairngorms is the UK’s biggest resort. The nearby Lecht and Cairngorm resorts provide additional slopes within easy driving distance, while Glencoe and Nevis on Scotland’s west coast are also a great source of winter snow.

If you can’t wait until winter to strap on your skis or board, there are plenty of great indoor snowdomes around the UK – including Snozone at Milton Keynes, Basingstoke and Castleford in Yorkshire, Tamworth SnowDome in the Midlands, ChillFactore in Manchester, The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, and Snowfactor in Glasgow – all perfect for sampling snow-covered slopes up to 200m in length, even in summer.

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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