MINI Countryman | Auto Express

16 Jun 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on MINI Countryman | Auto Express


It’s far from but the new Countryman is still undoubtedly a – just with an added of practicality. The five-door is ideal for families who are willing to sacrifice for impressive on-road dynamics, and are for something sporty and stylish can carry passengers and their with room to spare. The biggest problem is how much it

With a raft of cheaper on the scene, its price tag may be a stumbling for potential buyers who are not committed fans.

The MINI 4×4 has finally hit UK With a raised ride four doors and a usable the new Countryman is no ordinary MINI. But can controversial crossover move the up a notch, or is it a step too far?

We got the wheel of the range-topping, four-wheel-drive S ALL4 to find out. The news is all the things that the MINI so popular are present in the from the quirky interior to the driving experience and bold

By trying to stay true to the of the hatchback, the newcomer has ended up slightly awkward. It has been and bloated in a way that makes the appear rather bulbous, it’s smarter at the rear.

there’s MINI’s trademark toggle switches and huge speedometer, plus the new Centre which holds cups, and phones.

The interior isn’t perfect, Some plastics in out-of-the-way feel a little cheap for a that starts at £22,030, and the handbrake lever takes getting used to.

So, what practicality? Our Countryman came in a 2+2 which allows rear to slide their seats and forth to increase legroom or capacity as required.

With the all the way back, luggage capacity 350 litres, but fold the Countryman’s flat, and it has a generous 1,170-litre

The sparkling MINI chassis the best handling in the class, this model can’t match the agility or driver of the standard hatch. It’s comfortable, though. While the does still crash potholes, it’s far easier to with.

Even so, there are alternatives for buyers wanting a and refined driving experience.

Under our Cooper S’s bonnet is a turbo engine, which 184bhp to all four wheels. The car hard off the line, sprinting 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds, and offers in-gear punch for overtaking.

But to the firm’s MINIMALISM eco technology, the model returns 42.2mpg fuel economy and emits of CO2.

All this comes at a with our car costing a hefty That does include the Pack, which adds air-con, bi-xenon headlights and Even in standard trim, the S is £22,030, which is expensive compared to rivals – the turbocharged four-wheel-drive Juke starts £19,595.

This hasn’t deterred MINI fans, though, as the allocation of Countrymans for the UK in 2010 has been sold. So the brand to grow!

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