The optional are Mini — which is to say inadequately tinted and shaded only by a retractable mesh fabric that doesn't do a lot of shading. These results are based on the latest information on Mini Cooper vehicles derived from the best 0 to 60 tests available. The Mini Countryman is a car Mini absolutely had to do -- purists be damned. Although you may never ever reach the official Cooper S Countryman 0-60 times, it's at least the perfect indicator of the engine's power. All4 comes only in the S trim level, where it does zero to 60 in 7.
The Cooper and Clubman range from 2,535 at minimum to 2,877 on the high side. It answered the prayers of drivers everywhere and provided them with a cost effective means of transportation. So one must balance their need for speed with their need for winter grip. The large oval-shaped trim on the smaller cars' inner door panels now extends from the front to the rear door on either side. Competition Several competitors fall in the same category as the Cooper, but none really match it on all levels. Like the other Mini's, the Countryman is available with either a Getrag 6-speed manual transmission, or an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission. Highlighted by chrome surrounds, the rear light clusters stand out three-dimensionally from the body of the car.
I guess I'm saying the all-wheel drive is definitely Mini, and I'm not sure that's a good thing. The Countryman puts its squeeze on its cargo hold. Based on an electrohydraulically operating centre differential, this sophisticated system spreads out drive power infinitely between the front and rear axle. Regardless of trim, the 2011-spec engine deploys Valvetronic a valve timing technology borrowed from parent company , direct-injection, and electronically activated oil and water pumps. But for the most part they are very expensive if you can find a place to work on.
If Mini's first crossover — the Countryman — succeeds, it will be due more to its style and versatility than for the driving experience for which Minis have become known among enthusiasts. It raises and lowers, too. Mini designed the exhaust to burble and pop when you lift off the gas in Sport mode, which I love. In our sprint around the sinewy roads of the Smokey Mountains, the Countryman reveals a little more of its upsized feel. The dynamic entry-level model into the range is the 1.
What is the competition for this car? With the rear seats folded down, the Countryman offers a sizeable 41. They are distinct, customizable, performance oriented, and practical — which makes them hard to beat for the price. You need to go leather if you want a lumbar adjustment, which can be manipulated via a knob on the driver's and front passenger's backrests. It pegs the scales at 3260 pounds—the only other Mini to do so is one filled with four adults. The Mileage Is Mini The Mini Coupe is our go-to example of a car that doesn't feel unsubstantial yet gets great gas mileage.
Those fabulous front seats are adjustable in a couple of ways, and have the kind of perennially pleasing shapes that don't require 18-way power adjustment. The Countryman's steering is the proverbial sore thumb. There are lots of options and accessories to choose from. Comparing cars is a real fun. Everything happens slower; it's a Cooper S on decaf. The bottom cushion's long enough for almost anyone to get a firm grip, and the center console doesn't shear too much leg room. Under the hood of the Cooper Countryman is a 1.
Performance-wise, the base Countryman accelerates form 0-60 mph in 9. In a nutshell, Mini set out to build the Countryman because of a large customer base that Mini believes remains untapped — much like did when the Cayenne hit the streets. Driving thrills don't often come from a 120-horsepower, 1. The bad thing, which is common with virtually every all-wheel-drive system, is the added weight. You will have to bump it up to the S level in order to get that on your. Rear parking sensors are available, but a rearview camera is not--and neither are fancy-tech frills like lane departure warnings, blind-spot monitors and adaptive cruise control.
The Mini Countryman Cooper S will appeal most strongly to those who are already big fans of the Mini design and brand, which would include those moving up from previous Mini models or those who liked the idea but couldn't justify the inconveniences of the smaller models. All versions of the Mini Countryman are expected to hit dealerships in January, offered in a palette of 11 exterior color choices and with a wealth of customization options. How do you control all this stuff? For two days of driving fun, we saddled up and put the Countryman through its paces on urban streets, twisty hills and even dirt cattle roads. . As a result, the car retains a front-drive feel with a tendency to when heading quickly into a turn. These are people that were severely tempted, but bought something that they thought was more practical, not as much fun to drive. We were not fans of the interior rail system accessory setup splitting the rear seats, which made cargo loading an issue, and we noted some squeaking and rattling in the cabin toward the end of the vehicle's stay.
Unless you live in a warm climate or plan to swap your tires out twice a year, go with the all-seasons. Models In our modern times, we now have the New Mini Cooper S. John Cooper Works parts and body kits are available as well as mirror housings with the British flag, chrome gas cap covers, rally racing lights, and decals for the roof. Not that the Countryman was especially thirsty, as it recorded a decent 24. It's a crossover feel, but way more livable than some, including the backseat of the Hyundai Tucson.