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Mini Countryman S gets stylish refresh for PH

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The Countryman S is a unique contender to the crossover market. PHOTO FROM MINI

The popularity of affordable but feature-packed crossovers means that premium brands now have more reasons to look over their shoulder. The Mini Countryman S, in particular, now finds itself surrounded by upmarket counterparts which are also upping the ante in standard equipment. Because of that, the British model now gets a much-needed refresh.

It has a distinctive three-box design. PHOTOS FROM MINI

The unique (if a bit polarizing) profile remains the largely same. The bumpers get some subtle changes, and there are new wheel designs and exterior colors to choose from. One of the more tasteful features of the new Countryman is the Union Jack taillights, an obvious nod to its maker’s heritage (even though Mini is now owned by BMW).

Speaking of BMW, the Countryman’s engine is a 2.0-liter gasoline unit with the German automaker’s patented TwinPower Turbo technology. Basically, it reduces lag and flattens the torque curve so that the engine delivers smooth and steady power along its rev range. That means while the Countryman peaks at 192hp at 5,000rpm, 280Nm is available from 1,350rpm all the way to 4,600rpm.

All Mini products should have the Union Jack taillights. PHOTOS FROM MINI

Accompanying this performance are revisions to the cockpit that give the Countryman driver more excitement behind the wheel. It starts with the five-inch instrument display that offers clear readouts and smooth graphics. This is complemented by a larger 8.8-inch center screen which houses the radio and onboard navigation. The touch-sensitive hotkeys are clearly from the BMW parts bin. Additionally, there is even a wireless charging pad and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

The digital instrument panel looks a lot cleaner than the previously analog gauge cluster. PHOTOS FROM MINI

The new Countryman S starts at P3,750,000. And if the standard suite of features doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can inquire about Mini’s personalization service and original-equipment catalog just to make your vehicle a little more unique.

Miggi Solidum

Miggi is an editor-at-large at VISOR. Professionally speaking, he is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He writes the 'G-Force' column.