Mini’s first plug-in hybrid is the not quite so mini Countryman Cooper SE AII4 Plug-in Hybrid. Why settle on one name, when five will do? Despite being new to Mini, the plug-in hybrid system in this car is more familiar than you might at first realise, coming from stable mate BMW’s 225xe iPerformance. That means this car gets all of the Mini styling and practicality we love with the 1.5-litre petrol unit, derived from the BMW i8, driving the front wheels and an electric push from the rear gives all-wheel drive. As great a combination as that sounds, it doesn’t come cheap and that’s this cars only real drawback.

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