The Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid makes an outstanding performance in the Moose Test – a test that aims to simulate an event wherein a vehicle was to avoid an obstacle on the road, such as a moose. The folks from km77.com have put the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid to the test and as it turns out, it's among the top of the class in both moose and slalom tests.
In the first attempt, the presenter noted that they still didn't know how the car will react. It was at 74 kilometres per hour (46 miles per hour) and the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid was able to complete the test with relative ease despite the vehicle's lofty weight.
Gallery: Mini Countryman SE (2020)
The presenter noted that the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid was quite nimble and the body barely rolled. The ESC was also employed in a subtle way.
The Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid's best performance was at 79 km/h (49 mph), which was above the 77 km/h (47.8 mph) benchmark. At this speed, the plug-in hybrid Mini crossover was able to avoid all the cones. The presenter said that the vehicle was easy to control despite the speed.
There was another attempt at 81 km/h (50.3 mph), but the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid failed to exit the obstacle cleanly in spite of the good initial evasive manoeuvre. The testers blamed it on either the reaction time of the driver or the traction of the tyres.
Apart from the moose test, km77.com also conducts slalom tests, which the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid passed with flying colours. In fact, the crossover was able to finish the course in 23.3 seconds. That time puts the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid at the top of the channel's tally, besting the new Cupra Born and Peugeot 308 Hybrid.