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Model/Engine Cooper SD ALL4


Fuel economy combined: mpg

Green-Car-Guide rating: 10/10

has introduced a new SD ‘performance diesel’ that offers more but virtually unchanged economy and compared to the standard diesel, and new throughout the MINI range; we it in the Countryman.

Why the Countryman? Well, we the

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a Green-Car-Guide rating of 10/10, due to it offering excellent economy, drive, and MINI character and fun all in one One of the main areas where it have been improved was more power and torque. So as as MINI announced that a new diesel engine was available, similar economy but better than the existing 1.6-litre we thought that the prayers of Countryman diesel buyers had answered.

Although we also the Hatch, the Convertible and the Clubman the new SD engine, it’s the Countryman, its extra size and weight, we felt really needed the power.

Before we take a at the detail of the car, let’s have a brief recap of green progress over years.

In 2001 the engine sizes of the range varied between and 1600cc, the emissions were 129 202 CO2 and economy was 33.6 58.9 Ten years later in 2011 the sizes are larger, ranging 1600 1995cc, yet the emissions dropped to 99 169 g/km, and economy has to 36.7 74.3 mpg.

is in part due to ‘MINIMALISM’ MINI’s of BMW’s EfficientDynamics, in other a range of technology to reduce and improve economy, including Energy Generation, Auto Shift Point Display, Power Steering and demand-based such as the alternator.

One outcome of technology is that MINI has achieved an average CO2 of 128.8 across the fleet.

Diesels represent a relatively small of the MINI range (18%), this percentage is increasing year and MINI is hoping the SD help to accelerate that

So what are the vital statistics of the SD? The MINI Countryman Cooper D (in 6-speed manual form) 57.6 mpg (combined) and 129 g/km The SD also manages 57.6 mpg (along with exactly the 53.3 urban mpg and 60.1 mpg), and 130 g/km CO2 (yes it’s 1 g/km CO2 different though the economy figures are

But it’s in the area of power and where the difference lies; the D has 112 hp and 270 Nm torque; the SD has 143 hp and 305 Nm torque. That’s 28% more power, and the highest of torque in the entire MINI (with the torque coming in at revs). This results in the managing 112 mph and 0-62 mph in 11.6 the SD can achieve 121 mph and 0-62 mph in 9.4 seconds.

Luckily the SD comes with an steer system.

So what’s it to drive? Well, predictably, similar to the MINI Countryman D ALL4, but with more But if you’re expecting the same of stepping from a BMW 320d to a then the difference is certainly not as if you really do want a lot more you need to go for the MINI Countryman S ALL4 – but unlike the move the Cooper D to the SD, the economy in the Cooper S is worse.

The SD comes with a button and this does the character of the vehicle; the accelerator becomes more reactive and the is firmer, making it feel like a driver’s car.

We did try the SD in the Hatch, the Convertible and the Clubman. smaller and lighter cars, the power of the SD engine is more in these models. So if you want an and powerful MINI and don’t something the size of the Countryman, one of these could be your

The Countryman initially received a amount of criticism from motoring journalists. It seems many in the media were with comparing the Countryman to a Hatch, and as a result the Countryman was down for the way it drove. Yes, the is bigger, taller and heavier a MINI Hatch so it doesn’t go corners in the same ‘go-kart’ but if you compare the Countryman to other in the same class, then it well for driveability.

As you may have from the photos, we tested the SD ALL4 on Salisbury Plain; not designed to compete with a Rover Defender, but over of the terrain on the Plain, the Countryman impressively.

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Visually, the SD looks to the Cooper S. It may not look particularly to everyone’s eyes, but it certainly purposeful, and there is a definite to the Countryman World Rally car, which MINI will reflect positively in of sales figures.

In terms of technology, the SD comes MINI Connected. By downloading a App to your iPhone, you can benefit all sorts of up-to-the-minute techie You can send someone’s address to the car for it to route guidance, and you can listen to of internet radio stations around the world.

If you need assistance for any reason you can track your rescuers are, you can sit in a coffee shop until arrive rather than in the at the side of the road.

It all sounds so far but there is one last statistic you need to be aware of the price between the Cooper D and the SD; the D ALL4 20,300, but the SD ALL4 costs – that’s an extra 2890. If you to look at it another way, just a 685 premium over the S – you won’t have quite as fun in the SD, but you’ll save on fuel and bills.

You can also buy a Countryman SD just front-wheel drive. has emissions of 122 g/km, so there’s not a amount of difference (probably due to the that even the ALL4 in front-wheel drive only for as of the time as possible), but it’s cheaper at 21,970. It’s that most people make use of the four-wheel drive during the vast majority of that they drive the but it’s nice to know it’s there if you need it.

This time will come once a year it snows, but you’ll only get the out of the four-wheel drive system if you the standard tyres to winter

You can also buy the Countryman SD with an box. But beware – the economy from 57.6 to 46.3 mpg and the increase from 130 to 160 g/km CO2 – so the option certainly isn’t the choice.

Why do we like the Countryman? it offers car buyers the chance to a four-wheel drive family car lowest-in-class emissions, a fun driving interesting design, and the brand of a MINI. In summary, it’s a fun and interesting all-rounder than else in the class – and it’s too.

If we awarded the MINI Cooper D ALL4 10 out of 10, then we award the SD anything less, as it upon one area of weakness of the the relatively low power. So, yes, the SD gets 10 out of 10. On the downside, 2890 is a lot money than the Cooper D. And that 88% of all MINIs are specified some form of options – so the eventual price is likely to be higher than the basic price.

If you like the idea of a fast, drive MINI but you’re not about the styling around the of the Countryman, then consider until the more sporty Paceman coupe version along but you ll have to wait 2013. Of course before the MINI Coupe and Roadster just to give you more to think about

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