Alas, our brief time with the vehicle did not allow us to venture further than the confines of the urban environment, but the model was fairly frugal in those environs. We managed a decent 5.5l/100km during our short spell, which was a bit off the 4.7l/100km claimed figure.
Had we managed to spend a bit more time with the vehicle a much lower figure could have been realised.
Aside from the D badge on the rump and the typical diesel clatter when standing close to the vehicle, there are no other discernible differences to the Cooper and Cooper S models.
Pricing is also quite keen, starting from R457,000 for the manual and R475,000 for the automatic tested here.
It is now easily the sweet spot in the range and should appeal to adventure-type buyers who prefer driving long distances out of the urban jungle.
I reckon it will be my Countryman of choice should I be looking for a versatile and efficient Mini derivative.