MINI has extended its optional ALL4 all-wheel drive system to include the standard MINI Cooper Countryman and Paceman models. This stretches the brand’s AWD range to 10 models, joining the existing Cooper D, Cooper SD, Cooper S and John Cooper Works ALL4 variants of both the Countryman and Paceman.

The new models share the same 1.6 litre engine with 122 hp and 160 Nm. Torque jumps to 190 Nm if the six-speed automatic transmission is chosen over the standard manual six-speeder.

With all-wheel drive, both models are over a second slower to 100 km/h compared to their respective non-ALL4 models. The MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 takes 11.9 seconds (11.7 with the auto ‘box) to break a hundred, while the lighter Paceman is a tenth quicker (11.8 seconds for manual, 11.6 auto).

ALL4 is a permanent all-wheel drive system offering enhanced traction and driving stability on snow, sand or slippery surfaces, as well as giving extra grip on twisty roads. It automatically distributes drive force between the front and rear axles according to road conditions.

In Malaysia the MINI Cooper S Countryman is available in both ALL4 and front-wheel drive forms, while the Cooper S Paceman is two-wheel drive only.