We drive Mini’s first electric crossover, the 2025 Countryman SE ALL4

A blue-gray mini countryman SE
Enlarge / Mini has created a fully electric version of its Countryman compact crossover, replacing the outgoing plug-in hybrid Countryman.

Jonathan Gitlin

Over the past few weeks we’ve been test driving a pair of related small cars, the 2024 BMW which we think Ars readers will be most interested in: the all-electric Mini Countryman SE ALL4.

This is the third generation Mini Countryman, replacing the plug-in hybrid version that we last tested in 2017. It’s a little bigger now, but not by much: at 174.5 inches (4,433 mm) long, 72.6 inches (1,843 mm) wide, and 65.2 inches (1,656 mm) high, it’s by most standards still quite a small car. It’s also quite aerodynamic; the drag coefficient is only 0.26.

As the name ALL4 suggests, this is an all-wheel drive electric vehicle, with a combined output of 313 hp (230 kW) and 365 lb-ft (494 Nm), powered by a 66.5 kWh lithium-ion traction battery. That makes it almost as energetic as a Ferrari Testarossa, which can reach 100 km/h from a standstill in 5.6 seconds. (The Ferrari needed 5.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h.) Top speed is limited to 180 km/h.

While Mini doesn’t have an official EPA range estimate yet, it thinks the Mini Countryman SE ALL4 should be able to travel about 240 miles. There’s an AC charger on board that can deliver power up to 22 kW, although you’re likely to only find such powerful Level 2 chargers in Europe, where they can take advantage of three-phase electricity. The DC fast charging maxes out at 130 kW, which should bring the battery from 10 to 80 percent in 30 minutes.

The styling is almost identical to the JCW Countryman we wrote about a few weeks ago. The differences are subtle: a filled grille, no quad exhaust pipes (because this is a Mini, not a Dodge) and bronze-gold accents here and there. The 20-inch alloy wheels are made from 70 percent recycled aluminum, Mini told us.

The interior uses a different material mix than that of the JCW Countryman, but has the same layout and the same pros and cons. The interior makes extensive use of recycled polyester, which Mini says significantly reduces CO2 emissions from its supply chain and also uses less water than cotton.

There’s the same bright, round OLED infotainment screen with the same user interface that’s again hampered by what feels like an underpowered graphics chip. There are still a few physical controls, and I still think the cubby between the driver and passenger seats could be bigger.

On the road, the Mini Countryman SE ALL4 feels noticeably different to the petrol JCW version. Part of that is down to the steering, which is set up differently than the JCW car and feels a little less direct. The suspension also contributes to the SE ALL4 feeling different, as it is better damped against bumps and bumps – no doubt a result of having to drive a heavier car thanks to the battery pack. (Mini didn’t give us curb weight for JCW or SE ALL4, though.)

Perhaps my highlight of the Countryman SE ALL4 was the synthetic driving noises it makes in the cabin, which are quite exaggerated. I’m also well aware that many of our readers will hate these auditory exuberances and will be happy to know they can be turned off.

Mini says the 2025 Countryman SE ALL4 will be available in the US this fall, starting at $45,200.

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