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Drive Thru: MINI Cooper S

February 26th, // Posted in Drive Thru.

The new MINI Countryman ; some MINI fans cannot to it. And they may never warm to it. are willing to embrace MINI#8217;s into four-door territory.

at AUSmotive we#8217;ve kept an mind and, in photos at we reckon if MINI has to go forward by its range then the Countryman is a good first up effort.

Now the Countryman has arrived in Australia we can begin to form a solid So, after seeing the car for the first today, and enjoying a brief drive, we#8217;re leaning loving the love-or-hate four-door It#8217;s not a full on love yet, but we#8217;ve seen to warrant a second date.

We were granted time in a Cooper S fitted with a manual transmission. Thanks to its weight saving over the model, this is the fastest to 100km/h in the Countryman range, a claimed time of 7.6 seconds. The drive version takes a 0.3 seconds.

In truth, the Countryman S doesn#8217;t feel that It#8217;s not slow by any means and the 1.6 litre turbocharged engine, from the regular Cooper S is still refreshingly responsive, in lower gears. It#8217;s too, with a combined consumption figure of 6.6l/100km.

We didn#8217;t have enough in the car to experience all of the Countryman#8217;s handling in detail. However, we did learn it is actually quite odd, at to be sitting so high in a MINI. that, the Countryman still a degree of the fun and lightness offered by its brother.

The laws of physics the 1310kg Countryman Cooper S, its 149mm ground clearance, never match the now iconic Cooper S for pure driving But, really, that#8217;s not of the Countryman#8217;s brief.

With more time in the Cooper S, though, we expect soon find it quite to throw it into a few corners. The is pretty good, although the run tyres will remind you of weaker points over bumps.

Mind, it is possible to the Countryman with regular and a can of goo acting as a spare. That the ride is a pleasing mix between and performance.

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It#8217;s a MINI, so the steering is very good. It#8217;s and well-weighted at all times. Alas, of the magic has been lost the first-generation R50/R53 MINI

Today, if we#8217;re being the Countryman#8217;s steering felt a bit too

As design execution we give the a big thumbs up. Outside, it doesn#8217;t as big as we thought it might. It#8217;s part of the MINI family, but an identity of its own too.

Inside, plenty of room for passengers in all Indeed, the legroom offered by the adjustable rear seats with its generosity.

Remember, in standard format, the is a pure four-seater, with a rail/storage device running all four seats. The centre is one of those things that, somewhat cool and surprisingly it#8217;s still a gimmick and we be surprised if it#8217;s not maintained in generations.

Finally, a MINI decent boot space! still not great, it must be but it#8217;s quite versatile and cover most daily very easily. Four-up on a trip, that#8217;s when the boot space will be a

To wrap up, then, the Countryman is a success—more time in the car will for a more definitive opinion. especially like to see how the Countryman can light off-road duties. For we reckon it looks good.

We it drives pretty well. And we it#8217;s reasonably practical, as As a very loose analogy, of the Countryman as a baby Subaru that is genuinely fun to drive.

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