Mini's biggest model gets a facelift, a hybrid boost and a new top-spec trim.
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  • 2021 Mini Countryman compact SUV gets a facelift
  • Pricing now kicks off from $44,500 and tops out at $67,818 before on-road costs
  • No more diesel options
  • Bigger battery and longer range for hybrid variant
  • New John Cooper Works Pure trim level

Mini has updated its Countryman SUV range for 2020, revealing a refreshed exterior design, a revised line-up and a bigger battery for hybrid variants.

Diesel power has vanished from the range, with the new line-up now consisting of five trim options, including a new version of the flagship John Cooper Works variant, the JCW Pure.

The hybrid Countryman has also received a boost, with a larger 9.6kWh battery replacing the previous 7.6kWh offering, allowing for up to 61km of electric-only driving – an increase of 21km on the previous range.

Above: The 2021 Mini Hybrid Countryman. Overseas model shown throughout story.

The Countryman line-up now kicks off at $44,550 before on-road costs for the base Cooper Countryman trim, marking a price rise of $2330 on the previous entrypoint to the range.

Meanwhile, the flagship JCW Countryman is priced from $67,818 before on-road costs, or $1918 than the previous model-year.

However, buyers also have the option of a lower JCW Pure trim level which sacrifices adaptive suspension, 19-inch light-alloy wheels with run-flat tyres, a head-up display, sports seats in carbon black and a Harmon Kardon sound system with amplifier, but costs $5903 less and receives the same powertrain.

The Countryman's refreshed exterior features a redesigned honeycomb grille with black surrounds on Cooper S trim levels and above, plus new, sportier front and rear bumper designs and updated graphics for the signature Union Jack tail lights.

Inside, there's a new 5.5-inch digital instrument display, which joins the 8.8-inch infotainment screen and offers expanded Mini Connected services in line with the brand's smartphone app.

As the largest offering in Mini's line-up, the Countryman offers 405 litres of cargo space, or up to 1275 litres with the rear seats folded.

The base Cooper Countryman is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 100kW/220Nm and paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, with Mini promising claimed combined fuel consumption of 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres.

The Cooper S Countryman receives a 141kW/280Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and quoted fuel use of 6.7L/100km.

Meanwhile, the Hybrid Countryman pairs a 100kW/220Nm 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, mated to a 65kW/165Nm electric motor and offering all-wheel drive. Claimed fuel consumption is 2.4L/100km and combined outputs are 165kW/385Nm.

Finally, JCW variants receive a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine capable of 225kW and 450Nm with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts and all-wheel drive.

The JCW Countryman can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.1 seconds and claimed fuel consumption is 7.6L/100km.

The updated Mini Countryman range lands in Australian showrooms in October 2020.

2020 Mini Countryman pricing for Australia

  • Cooper Countryman – $44,500
  • Cooper S Countryman – $52,900
  • Hybrid Countryman – $60,900
  • John Cooper Works Countryman Pure – $61,915
  • John Cooper Works Countryman – $67,818

All prices exclude on-road costs.