2020 Mini Countryman Specs, Interior, Price, and Dimensions.The Mini nameplate first saw the light of day in 1959 when the British Motor Corporation’s 2-door small car aptly named Mini made its debut. What about the future and 2020 Mini lineup?
For starters, let’s crunch the company’s sales figures in order to grasp the current situation within the brand. The company is currently selling around 360,000 cars per year around the globe. The exact figure for 2023 was 361,531 units which is a slight 2.8 percent drop compared to 2017 when the BMW-owned British brand recorded its all-time global high of 371,881 sold vehicles.
On a more localized scale, the U.S. market stands out as one of Mini’s most important single markets with 43,684 sold cars in 2023. It’s, however, worth noting that the U.S. market hasn’t exactly been kind toward the brand considering how the sales have been dropping consistently since 2012 and 2013 when Mini had recorded its highest sales figures of more than 66,000 units. It’s also a 7.25 percent drop compared to 2017 when exactly 47,102 Minis had found their new homes across the states.
The Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid is already available across the world and the all-new Mini Electric is on its way. The company doesn’t want to fall behind in the horsepower wars, hence the most powerful to date Mini John Cooper Works GP is scheduled to make its debut for MY 2020.
This is, without a doubt, an exciting period for the company and here’s what they have in store for us in 2020. The 2020 BMW lineup might also pique your interest.
What’s Hot in the New 2020 Mini Lineup
04. 2020 John Cooper Works GP
The upcoming Mini JCW GP will be by far the fastest and most powerful Mini ever created thanks to a 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which will reportedly be able to put up as much as 300-plus horsepower. This is more than twice the output of the entry-level models and around 30 percent increase over the conventional John Cooper Works-tuned Mini’s ratings. The old JCW GP was limited to only 2,000 units, and the new edition will be another limited-run model.
The new John Cooper Works GP will be more than just a regular Mini with a beefed up powertrain. The British are still coy on 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP’s pricing but it has all the potential to become the most expensive Mini model to date, as well as being the most powerful. The previous-generation GP model commanded a $10,000 over the conventional JCW models which, at the moment, cost almost $33,000.
2020 Cooper S E.
Considering the Mini Electric concept car made its first appearance alongside the above mentioned JCW GP concept, in Frankfurt, it’s only fitting for them to hit the dealers together. The electric Mini’s full moniker will be the Mini Cooper S E which means the EV will slot in the middle of the Mini range, performance-wise. The Mini EV will sport a more contemporary interior with a screen instead of the traditional gauge cluster and optional carbon fiber trim pieces.
The Mini Cooper S E will share a powertrain with the BMW i3 which doesn’t really come as a surprise considering they’re both built by the same group and are of roughly similar size. The i3’s electric motor puts up 181 horsepower which is just shy of turbocharged Mini Cooper S’ 189 ponies, but fits the picture just fine regardless. The British are saying the Mini EV will be able to provide around 200 miles of range on a single charge which the i3 is unable to deliver.
02. 2020 Clubman.
The second largest of all Mini models offers seating for five and some extra space for their cargo. The revised Clubman for MY 2020 will thus sport a new, more streamlined Mini logo, new frontal fascia, and also new Union Jack-styled taillights. The more potent Clubman Cooper S, on the other hand, costs at least $30,000, while the John Cooper Works performance model starts from $37,000 and includes the ALL4 system.
Apart from the fact the Mini Clubman might receive the new king of the lineup in the light of all-new JCW GP, there won’t be too many changes when it comes to the supermini’s powertrain department. Base models will continue to develop 134 horsepower thanks to a 1.5 L turbo four engine, while the Cooper S makes 189 ponies thanks to a larger 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder. It’s still unclear whether the relatively new plug-in hybrid system is going to migrate from the bigger Countryman but I expect we’ll find out soon enough.
01. 2020 Countryman.
Of all the Mini cars on the market, it’s the larger and higher Countryman that probably stands out from the crowd the most. Much more affordable than its BMW stablemate, the Mini Countryman isn’t exactly a luxury car and there are many more affordable alternatives out there. As an in-betweener, the Countryman needs to offer a clear value for money package to its prospective new owners and classic Mini styling simply isn’t enough here.
The Cooper S Countryman ups the ante to 189 ponies and 207 pound-feet of twist thanks to a larger 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder which is the same engine found in the range-topping John Cooper Works models. The Mini Countryman lineup is also the first Mini range to offer a plug-in hybrid setup, but that powertrain doesn’t have any real advantages over the others as you’ll find out in the “uncool” section of this list.
What’s Not in the New 2020 Mini Lineup.
02. 2020 Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Plug-in Hybrid.
The only Mini hybrid model at the moment is absolutely baffling, to say the least. With prices starting from around $38,000 for the base model, $40,000 for the mid-range Signature grade, and $45,000 for the top-tier Iconic trim, the plug-in hybrid version of the Mini Countryman is considerably more expensive than the conventional models. Even the plug-in hybrid Countryman’s incentives are $4,000 at most, but it has to be noted that they’re generally better-equipped than their non-hybrid counterparts.
The Mini Cooper S E Countryman hybrid pairs a conventional 134-horsepower 1.5 L turbo four-engine with an 87-horsepower permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor and a 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack for a combined output of 221 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque. What’s more, the plug-in hybrid isn’t the most enjoyable-to-drive Mini despite its high power output, as the conventional Cooper S Countryman with a larger turbo engine feels much more adequate.
01. 2020 Hardtop 2-Door, Hardtop 4-Door, and Convertible.
The current-generation of the base two-door Mini hatchback was introduced for MY 2014 with the 4-door variant following in 2015 and 2-door convertible rounding off the lineup in 2016. After a recent facelift in 2023, the original Mini range is now all set to soldier on until the next-generation arrives. Needless to say, the slowly aging Mini does suffer from a number of different issues including a cramped interior and a deficiency of cargo space, a lack of some advanced features, and a comparably high price for its segment.
All besides the 4-door hatch, however, which misses out on the most powerful John Cooper Works tune which raises 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of rotational force. The mid-range Cooper S trim is arguably the most interesting and definitely the most balanced option in the Mini lineup thanks to a 2.0 L turbo four that cranks up 189 horses and 207 lb-ft of twist. Every Mini is standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox, but most offer an 8-speed auto as an upgrade.