2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4 Review

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2011 Mini Cooper S ALL4 Review

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The at Mini must have up a lesson from Porsche. How to explain the rationale behind offering a four-door, all-wheel SUV?

When Porsche selling its Cayenne SUV it was because it that Porsche Carrera around the world parked sports cars next to a so why not make that SUV a Porsche as Following the same logic, the Cooper S Countryman ALL4, at $26,950 for the turbo-charged 1.6-liter, with 181-hp, is the Mini functions as the household workhorse hauls the goods home Home Depot, the buddies to and your hyper-active nephews to the ski Save the much smaller, Mini Cooper for fuel commuting and zipping around on date night.

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From the outside the Countryman like the engineers put a regular on steroids and sent it to WWE wrestling It’s taut, not bloated, and the front and rear the Countryman like it wiped the “cute” off its and replaced it with the DNA of a Mack

Slide into the driver’s which is much easier to get in and out of to the car’s extra inch of clearance, and you’re surrounded by a Mini environment. The spacious can fit six-foot tall Americans and in the front and rear. The iconic speedometer is in the center of the dash.

are the usual toggle switches for lights, and more, and a go-kart wheel that screams as soon as you wrap your around it.

Want more touches? They’ve got ‘em. A rail runs from the shift through the seats and the split rear seats.

Use it to hold your gadgets or or go into Mini’s accessories and see you can attach to the rail — sunglasses cup holders, lights, folding tables and so on. Mini open-sourced the for the rail and asked product companies to go to town with

Another tongue-in-cheek move is the brake. It’s not just a alongside the seat. Instead turned it into the throttle on a plane.

Who knew setting the brake warranted a cool

But it’s the area behind the seats where this SUV shines. Rear passengers bucket seats; no one has to ride The space created between the allows you to run a snowboard or a par-3 set of clubs from the rear area through the cabin having to fold down a

About that rear area – pull up its floor and you a plastic tray that’s  for stuffing a wetsuit, or muddy boots into or your bunny costume your girlfriend.

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This is the first Mini driven where I can stuff a mountain bike in the back the seats folded down. And its all-wheel drive system and clearance made short of a couple inches of fresh season snow I blitzed on a snowboarding day.

With size and drive train heft, and when it comes to the handling and zip people have to expect from Minis, the turbo-charged Cooper S model. the is slow.

In the smaller Cooper, engine turns the MINI a pinball machine lever, but overmatched in the Countryman. Zero-60 are a reported 7 seconds. I was getting by minivans at stoplights.

And while pushing the car on tight switchbacks, that heft — and light rear end — led to a couple of Sure, the traction and stability kept things moving but still, this was a new experience for me in a

The last big disconnect: The Countryman is in Austria, not England. the brand’s

Making this Mini Like a Mini

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The Countryman here came with $8,000 in options that the sticker to $35,150. That’s BMW territory, people, and a 328i has rear legroom and a trunk.

the options included was Mini’s STEPTRONIC automatic transmission paddle shifters. And it was only I switched the transition into mode that the fun began. move kept the revs 2,500 rpm, fast to keep the turbo engaged and the go-kart vibe that I’d missing.

I rocketed past a line of pick-ups on the way up an 11,000-foot-elevation mountain Punching out of corners brought a to my face (and induced the above). Maneuvering through traffic felt like a game.

The satisfying aspect this discovery was that you make the car move even by spending less money .

skip the all-wheel drive. It nearly 150 pounds and frankly, you live in Whistler or remote New you don’t need it. Doing so $1,000 off the starting price and see you do better than the 24.5 mpg I over city commuting and mountain driving.

Second, go for the standard 6-speed transmission. A Mini stick is one of the most fun transmissions to work and you $1,250.

I could’ve done the $1,500 premium paint job and Premium package, which the panoramic sunroof (sunroof less headroom), automatic control, and Harman-Kardon sound (I’m half-deaf anyway).

If you where it’s warm, you can another $750 by nixing the Weather package’s heated and mirrors.

Removing this will bring the price a or more below $30,000. the Sport package, which 18-inch wheels and Xenon At this price, you’ll get all Mini spunk at a more price.

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