Mini Countryman driven full road test car review – BBC Top Gear – BBC Top Gear

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The Mini Countryman will opinion. For some this is the of automotion, the answer to their wish and whim. For others a cynical culmination of ideas, pointless fancy and overt collide.

The new Mini has always small. Not on the outside, but inside, intelligent design packaging a backseat.

The Clubman first to answer the problem, to make a practical, family-oriented Mini, and spectacularly. In the style of an errant downhill skier perhaps: so to watch that you couldn’t yourself away.

So now the turn of the a Mini by name, but not by dimensions. at long last for many, is the they have been for, a car that capitalises on distant heritage, maintains its kudos and yet still offers a solution to the challenges of modern Like breeding and grocery and having legs. For the interior of the is massive, not just by Mini but by standards set in segments for larger

Mini claims that the boot is bigger than of a Golf, and that its rear is more generous than the BMW X1. Big in big-ness.

The flipside of this to be that the Mini is no longer and therefore shouldn’t drive a Mini is meant to. The Mini men got very nervous about and have spent a great of time trying to assure and us, that the Countryman is every a Mini in the dynamics department. Mini protest too much?

On inspection the Mini is, well, an splitter again. Is it a bit ugly? some angles it seems and its unprecedented size and ride play havoc with Mini preconceptions.

But it’s probably one of those that will quickly to look right on the road, in due to its inevitable ubiquity, and in part to that strong brand and some deft design That odd downward kink at the of the roofline, for instance, enables the to maintain Mini’s trademark roof without it looking long. And the overall effect is clever.

Here is a car far larger anything else from the stable, but still possessed of small car appeal, that and vim that became its USP some 60 ago.

Inside, Mini’s is all the more overt, and impressive. years of ignoring the criticism, the have finally dispensed the crappy silver plastic around the instruments and integrated into a meatier, soft-touch material that looks and far more premium. And in the back, every prospective Countryman will be heading first, genuinely impressive.

There’s real head and and the rear seats can be adjusted and forth to create more in the boot as required.

Mini’s four-door will be offered as a four-seater, with these two rears and masses of elbow or as a slightly more practical seater – bit more of a but spacious nonetheless. If you plump for the however, you get a central rail runs from front to of the cabin, onto which you can any number of functional aftermarket like a storage box, or iPod holder.

Mini is running a competition where are challenged to design an accessory to onto the centre rail, and the top ideas will be put into production. If you fancy a stab at go to for more details. currently patenting a clip-on Knightley.

Journeys will fly by.

A declaration needs to be made So early was TopGear’s access to the that Mini HQ wouldn’t let us it on the road. Our car, a top-spec 1.6-litre Cooper S, was production but for Our Eyes Only and as such we tell you with any certainty how it will cope with like motorway cruising or our crumbling B-roads.

But the handling circuit on which we drive the car divulged quite a and all of it good. The Countryman does like a Mini should, its transverse engine keeping the well behind the front making the nose lively and to steering input. And despite a increase in ride height is a conspicuous absence of body in tight, fast corners.

And a boon for the Cooper S, and Cooper D it, is the option of Mini’s ‘All4′ system. The Countryman remains in a front-wheel-drive car, but with £1,220 add-on it will up to 100 per cent of drive to the rear as and when traction is lost. The works as both safety and performance tool, providing levels of grip and go in conjunction Mini’s suitably non-invasive control.

A proper drive across a road will be a better of the company’s claims that the is genuinely as capable as its excellent offering, but until that the signs look good.

The status of the Countryman seems a bit however. Marginally more height, a meatier kerbside and the option of a loose interpretation of drive on the most expensive does not add up to the basic assertion, one you can be will be made by many a owner, that this is 4×4 Mini’. It’s

And at £16,000 basic, rising to for the all-singing Cooper S, it’s not a car either, however you choose to it.

But as lifestyle statements go, the Countryman is an package. It’s genuinely seems thus far to be a good is a highly desirable product in is arguably a rather indifferent of the market, and should hold its value better than of its less exciting rivals. conscious suburbanites, ones new families and cash to burn, are to flock to the Countryman.

Expect to see parked outside gastro for sunny Sunday lunches, the seats littered with baby toys and old copies of This is a car that embraces middle age while at the same keeping it at a comfortable distance. artifice to some, the definitive to others.

Matt Master

On drive for: £543 pcm

0-60mph in 7.4secs, max speed 44.8mpg

Tech: 1598cc, 4WD, 184bhp, 240lb ft, n/a kg, CO2

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