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MINI Countryman

Diesel Drive Review

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Car Tested: 2013 MINI D Countryman (High)

Price OTR Rs. 35,87,500/-

A diesel engine the MINI Countryman boosts its even further.

Niche need to be practical too or that#8217;s we Indians believe. The MINI is the first 5-door model the company under BMW ownership. It is the only model which manufactured in the UK, the home of MINI. The is contract manufactured in Austria by Steyr.

Launched globally in the MINI Countryman was launched in last year and the German brand started local of the vehicle at BMW#8217;s Chennai earlier this year (at the time it launched diesel of the car). Positioned as a crossover the MINI Countryman might not true to original MINI but does it impress as a package?

Quest: The MINI Countryman has mixed reactions with people not very happy BMW for changing the core philosophy of the The Countryman isn#8217;t mini in but is surely a more practical for our roads.

Exteriors – One look at the Countryman and you immediately notice not small in dimensions like the MINI Cooper. Simply the Countryman is a larger car than its which are sold in India, of more length, width, and wheelbase than the standard The attention to detail is worth as the Countryman boasts of interesting highlights.

The front sports a clamshell and a large straight grille chrome slats while the squarish headlights get chrome and high amount of detailing. The are placed a bit low compared to the door while the bonnet has a minor The door handles are different as look like a pull out but you have to operate them the switch behind the knob, a bit of an effort.

The side reveals the of the MINI Countryman with the half getting a black for that SUV look. While BMW to call the Countryman an SUV, low profile rubber doesn#8217;t it apt for our bad roads. The ground clearance is though. Small roof and black coloured roof good with twin offered on the top-end variant. The A, B, C and D are all finished in black.

The indicators the front wheels get a chrome surrounding them. At the rear, the rear spoiler and large draw attention while the lights and number plate get chrome surrounds as well. The end is a vehicle which doesn#8217;t cute but has some presence on the and people do turn and ogle at it all the

A MINI will get you stares cars twice as much

Interiors – The retro cabin of the Countryman greets you with its touches. Quality levels are very good and the cabin is well put together and feels in feel and appeal. The round AC go with the aircraft theme as the inside seem to be inspired aircrafts.

You get a large speedometer in the which has a 6.5-inch screen it which displays an array of in car This is similar to BMW#8217;s own and works in a similar manner. The console is well laid out and is simple yet uniquely designed. The wheel has a tachometer attached to it, moves when you adjust the

This analogue tachometer has a below which shows and other car info like distance to empty, trip etc. The positioning of the meter is a bit as you can#8217;t see the lower display in line of sight.

The all black gets piano black which lift the ambience of the even further. This is also carried on the doors carry a very unique for the storage area. There are a few places to keep things cup holders, arm rest, glove box and a rail next to the handbrake, you can use a sunglass holder. The Harmon-Kardon offer good acoustics and inside the cabin seems a work of art.

The lighting is also very adding to the MINI experience. The switches for the lights and sunroof the inside rear view are the same aircraft inspired. are twin roofs in the High the front one opens completely both the front and rear tilt upwards.

The massive area and twin sunroofs the airyness inside the cabin.

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The of the MINI Countryman offer back support and headroom the cabin is in plenty. However at the rear is at a premium and under-thigh is lacking. The seats itself get electric adjustment, which is a omission at this price There is no centre arm rest at the either and the centre seat is not due to the hump. This makes the a 4-seater and rear AC vents are too.

The boot is decently big and the seats can be folded in 40:20:40 offering good flexibility. a premium product, MINI has some standard equipment on the variant like climate leather seats, Bluetooth etc. Although for this more is expected.

Performance – MINI launched the Countryman in last year, it offered it a petrol heart. However being a diesel loving wants oil burners even in and luxury cars. Thus the has brought in a diesel mill in the This motor is quite the compared to the tarmac scorching as it produces significantly less (112 against 180).

The 2.0-litre diesel engine in the D has quite a lot of torque (all of 270 Nm at 1750 RPM). In terms of acceleration, the diesel Countryman particularly fast but acceleration is swift. Turbolag is well and the MINI Countryman diesel instantly to throttle inputs.

The of torque comes in so strong the vehicle responds with a when you floor the pedal. off the traction control system and the will spin the wheels in second gear, such is the from the motor. Power is to the front wheels and we don#8217;t get the of a 4-wheel drive system in

Mid-range performance from the Countryman is strong and the diesel pulls effortlessly till 3500 RPM, post it starts to lose steam and at around 4500 RPM. with the healthy torque on the Countryman sprints past 100 decently quick. It is also when it comes to in-gear taking 11.9 seconds to do 80 120 km/hr in fifth gear.

The big with this engine is the NVH with the motor being right from start up, more audible as you floor the harder. Mated to this is a 6-speed automatic gearbox and you can take control of things the steering mounted paddles or function on the gear lever. The is a bit slow to respond but a Sport quicks the shifts and keeps the close to redline.

Cruising at 100 km/hr in sixth keeps the mill spinning at RPM. Mileage is decent for a car of size and in spite of enthusiastic we got around 12 km/l.

Driving – MINI cars are born to and the Countryman is no different. The way this handles is truly outstanding, it jinks into corners precision and maintains its line laser guided confidence. the size, the Countryman doesn#8217;t any body roll whatsoever and extremely fun to drive dynamics. The standout in the package is the steering which is small in size but on feedback.

Although a bit heavy at speeds, the Countryman#8217;s steering is communicative and that really confidence when pushing the Braking performance is excellent as which all adds up to an highly driving experience on open However in the city, the Countryman#8217;s turning radius and heavy don#8217;t make it easy to around town.

What is not so on the MINI Countryman is the ride thanks to the low profile rubber, suspension and run-flat tyres. the vehicle is positioned as a crossover it simply doesn#8217;t have the of such a kind of body Ride quality is properly and the Countryman simply crashes bumps and can rattle you on really bad

45 profile rubber is too low even by SUV standards. Thus you are worried going fast on broken as the risk of damaging tyres and keeps bothering you. The gets noisy at speed and it can#8217;t insulate you from our struck tarmac while on roads the road and tyre is simply too high.

High stability is good though as the stays firmly glued to the

Verdict – The MINI Countryman very practical for our roads. performance from the diesel is good and the handling is a total the ride quality really the experience and the poor NVH levels the calm you would expect such a well designed The company offers some desirable cars and if you can live the flaws, then there is which comes close to the level of exclusivity MINI

The Countryman might not be the most car out there but it surely is the most MINI with its diesel 5-doors and big boot.

The MINI diesel is by-far the most MINI vehicle you can buy in India and it#8217;s reasonable quick and too.

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