2011 MINI Countryman Auto Review

25 Nov 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 MINI Countryman Auto Review

When BMW relaunched the MINI in the United States in 2002, the consisted of one vehicle, the tiny Cooper hardtop. The car offered a combination of fuel efficiency, and retro good looks, but it a success because it was just so fun to drive.

A convertible followed for the model year, and the slightly MINI Cooper Clubman in 2008, complete with a side second-row access For 2011, MINI is releasing its vehicle, the four-door, all-wheel-drive

MINI Countryman Styling

Countryman Equipment

All models get versions of MINI’s1.6-liter four-cylinder The base engine is up slightly to 121 and 118 pound-feet of torque, while the version in S models gains 12 to 184 and torque peaks at 192 pound-feet in mode. Both engines with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

We had the opportunity to the MINI Countryman S ALL4 in and Hamburg, Germany. While the weighs about 240 pounds than a MINI Cooper and the all-wheel-drive system tacks on 150 pounds, the turbocharged engine the S ALL4 model moving without a hint of turbo The overboost mode works for seven seconds, which is as long as you would ever your foot to the floor, so available most of the time.

Power comes on strongest 2800 rpm, and passing is as long as you’re in the right

MINI says 0-60 mph 7.6 seconds in a front-drive S model and 7.9 in the S ALL4. That’s pretty but not quick, and that’s just how the Countryman S ALL4 feels. the base model to take 10 second to hit 60 mph.

The MINI Countryman is offered a fun-to-shift manual transmission. It into each gear with a somewhat rubbery but clutch takeup can be abrupt. My partner stalled the car more once when taking

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Inside, the MINI Countryman is the roomiest MINI. Front occupants have plenty of and legroom. They sit on comfortable and bucket seats facing a MINI retro dashboard, its large, center-mounted speedometer. The are all centrally located, including the switches and door locks.

an ergonomic oddity, and the layout some time to learn.

With the Countryman, MINI is MINI Connected, an infotainment exclusively for the iPhone. It provides an dock in the center console, and Internet radio, local search, Twitter access, and RSS on the center screen. Drivers use the to control these features and any of up to 25,000 Internet radio

It was pretty cool to listen to and WMVP in Germany, but the signal was several times, due to the whims of signal quality.

MINI Rear Seating and Cargo

In the MINI Countryman has a pair of bucket seats. They fore and aft up to 5.1 inches, leaving for a six-footer to sit behind another Those second-row seats, lack the support needed for comfort, and rear passengers pitch and lean when the car around corners.

There is also no center Instead, MINI offers a or two-piece rail system can hold a variety of other Given the lack of passenger I’d like a center

Predictably, rear cargo in the Countryman is also improved other MINIs. The rear fold almost flat to up a 40-cubic foot hold, more than in the Clubman and the same as a Mazda3 hatchback. The area is useful, but the load isn’t consistent because of the between the rear seats.

With that extra and passenger space, as well as all-wheel drive and a smoother the 2011 MINI Countryman is to be another success story. not quite as fun to drive as its smaller but it’s still a blast, and practical, too. There are of good reasons to buy the biggest (www.miniusa.com)

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