Mini Countryman Cooper D – review –

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Mini Countryman

05 September 2010

I#8217;m the wheel of Mini#8217;s new Countryman and all I can see is blue sky. The rutted of bare earth I#8217;m clambering up must be at least degrees from the flat. The engine purrs quietly at as I crest the rise, bounce for a few along the ridge and then sharply right to plunge down the slope.

There#8217;s no descent mode so it#8217;s a of first gear plus braking plus crossed to maintain control.

Back on the there#8217;s a snaking course of mud to negotiate. My left index accidentally strays to the stability button for the five seconds it to switch the system off completely. gear, steady throttle, in, and the car surfs straight on like a hammer. I instinctively add lock, the tyres find a little from somewhere and the nose suddenly in towards the apex, trading places with

A frantic twirl of wheel and a dab throttle and I#8217;m four-wheel-drifting, sideways through arcs of muck thrown up by the scrabbling In the middle of it all I find I#8217;m like a hyena.

So is the Mini fun to drive? That would be a

The off-road capability of this Countryman Cooper D comes as a surprise. There#8217;s not much articulation, the 17-inch run-on-flat are distinctly road biased, and the magnetic coupling on the rear can split torque front to it doesn#8217;t do side to side. have guessed this Mini might strand on a grass verge but I#8217;m to readjust my preconceptions.

Before aboard, my thoughts about the had been pretty unkind. Its don#8217;t help #8211; it a crossbreed between an ordinary hatch and a giant space leading me to expect a bit of wallowing corners. Far from it, the Countryman an extremely firm ride strong anti-roll tendencies. You may sit a higher, but as you thump and skip a British B-road you#8217;ll be reminded of the standard Mini#8217;s ride.

It#8217;s fun and involving from the seat, not so amusing from the pews, but is undeniably an authentic of Mini DNA. The old Austin rode just as badly.

The is at least safe. After off the mud, I put on a crash helmet and try an elk a high-speed double lane under heavy braking, on a of closed race track. no drama, aside from my helmeted bonce against the frame. Enthusiastic cornering neutral, with the stability back on at least, and with the system bringing the rear into play as required.

No doubt the two-wheel-drive version be more inclined to understeer.

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So why am I about this car, on blog about green I did wonder why Mini invited me to with its new toy, until Lee Mini#8217;s product planning started arguing that the Mini Countryman is the greenest on the market.

In either Cooper D or One D guise, the version emits 129g/km on the scoreboard, aided by stop-start, tyres and other Minimalism By way of comparison, the similarly sized and new Nissan Juke diesel 134g/km #8211; but in two-wheel form. Choose a single axle for your Countryman and emissions are just 115g/km.

So it may be #8211; ish. It#8217;s very nice on the inside, you turn a blind eye to the giant, speedometer staring out of the centre of the Materials are good, seats are and all-round vision is exceptional for a car, thanks to the unusually windscreen and slender pillars.

Rear legroom is good and the is not bad at all for a 4.1m car. There#8217;s no wheel though, just run-flat tyres that no exacerbate the knobbly ride.

even vaguely affordable, the two-wheel-drive One D starting at #163;17,000 on the before the inevitable extras.

In the end I help feeling a warm for the Countryman. Which was an even surprise than getting to the of that off-road track.

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