2018 Mini Countryman S E Hybrid: Monthly Update for May 2018
by Brent Romans, Senior Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
This was an “All Brent, All a Time” month for a 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman S E Hybrid. we had it for a whole month and gathering it about 1,500 miles. That came about from dual highway trips to Northern California, including one to San Francisco with my family for Memorial Day, and a satisfactory volume of city driving. Spending a month with a Countryman was a good approach to learn a upsides and downsides.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We’ve standardised a approach we expostulate a Cooper Countryman S E Hybrid. We expostulate in all-electric mode and use adult a hybrid battery container initial (assuming it has power) and afterwards keep pushing regulating unchanging hybrid operation. This approach we can tell how many miles we expostulate on electricity and how many on gas.
For reasons minute in a subsequent section, though, we motionless to widespread out a Countryman’s electric assign and didn’t use it all adult in a commencement of my drives. Alas, this messed with a approach we keep lane of a car’s efficiency, so a economy formula in May are a small different.
Miles driven: 1,534
Average fuel economy in May: 30.4 mpg*
EPA mpg rating: 27 mpg combined
Electricity used in May: 55.36 kWh
Current odometer: 6,037 miles
*Note that a 30.4 mpg figure isn’t directly allied to a standard car’s mpg. It doesn’t take into comment my electricity use of 55.4 kWh. we totalled a kWh use during a source, that was a 110-volt energy opening during my residence regulating a Mini’s unstable charging cable. It turns out that a electricity didn’t cost much, though. In May, we was underneath my utility’s lowest tier of usage, that is 21 cents per kWh. So we “spent” about $11.62 on electricity.
Overall, this was not an optimal month to showcase a Countryman S E’s potential. we gathering a garland on a turnpike and didn’t assign it during each opportunity. A plug-in hybrid’s fuel economy varies severely formed on how we expostulate and how mostly you’re means to recharge. On one hand, I’m gratified about removing 30 mpg (with a assistance of some electricity) for what can potentially be a sporty small crossover automobile or SUV. But we also figure we would have gotten really identical fuel economy from a unchanging Countryman S All4, that is thousands of dollars cheaper, lighter and reduction complex.
Maintenance and Upkeep
“Our Countryman’s opening capability depends on what mode is being utilized. When regulating a all-electric power, a knowledge is disappointing.
“The Mini displays green-colored bars in a sign arrangement identical to a tachometer. As we subdue a accelerator, a needle moves adult by a bars. If a needle passes a tip bar, a gas engine switches on. So if you’re perplexing to be green-minded, we need to keep a needle next a tip bar. Alas, acceleration underneath electric engine energy is lethargic.
“That’s because we couldn’t move myself to expostulate a Countryman in pristine electric mode a lot of a time. Switching to a Sport pushing mode engages both energy sources, even if you’re not pushing a Countryman aggressively. I’d use all-electric for complicated trade situations, or if we was cruising around neighborhoods. Otherwise, I’d use Sport.
“With a gas engine dismissed up, this automobile becomes some-more like a Mini I’d expect. It’s flattering discerning when we entirely pad a accelerator interjection to a total energy of a engine and electric motor. That turbocharged three-cylinder sounds kind of cool, too.
“I shortly schooled that there was a downside to this pushing style, though. we satisfied that a Countryman S E will recharge a hybrid battery container if a automobile is in Sport mode and a battery pack’s assign is next 50 percent or so. Now, we competence think: ‘Oh neat, it recharges a battery for me!’ But doing so severely reduces fuel economy and is not an fit approach to assign a hybrid battery pack. Near as we can tell, there’s no approach to invalidate this auto-charging function.
“Plus, a 12-15 miles of all-electric operation is only not enough. You’re constantly carrying to block in to make a difference. A small some-more energy and 3 times some-more operation would do wonders for creation a Countryman S E some-more appealing. Other than a grabby stop pedal feel (it’s tough to make consistently well-spoken stops), this is a sincerely appealing hybrid to drive. Switching between gas and electric is hardly noticeable, and a six-speed transmission’s normal changeable is some-more delightful than a elasticlike, up-and-down rpm inlet of many hybrid cars and their invariably non-static involuntary transmissions.
“One other note here: I’m not sole on a efficacy of a S E’s all-wheel-drive system. There was one arise when we exited a automobile wash, done a spin and pushed on a accelerator. The behind tires were wet, as was a pavement. Because a Countryman was regulating electric energy (the electric engine drives a behind wheels), a behind of a automobile temporarily mislaid traction and fishtailed. It wasn’t means for alarm, though it creates me consternation how effective a Countryman S E’s AWD is compared to a some-more required complement that can automatically and fast request energy to a other wheels if a complement detects a detriment of traction. If it’s using on electric, and a gas engine isn’t dismissed up, we don’t know of a approach for a Countryman S E to get energy to a front wheels.” — Brent Romans, comparison editor
“Our Countryman S E’s manually tractable front seats are morally comfortable, and we didn’t have any complaints after creation several drives of about 3 to 5 hours long. The float peculiarity is also well-spoken adequate to not means problems. Less beguiling is a conspicuous highway noise. On a expostulate to San Francisco with my family, we mostly found that we had a tough time conference my kids seated in back, and clamp versa.” — Brent Romans
“Mini finished a S E’s hybrid components underneath a automobile by creation a gas tank smaller. As such, there’s roughly as many load space as there is in any other Countryman: 17.2 cubic feet behind a behind seats, compared to 17.6 in a others. For a three-day weekend outing to San Francisco with my mother and dual children, it valid to be only enough. The dual medium-size suitcases we brought fit in behind (barely). It’s a large Mini, though it’s still mini as distant as SUVs go.” — Brent Romans