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On the road: Mini Countryman Cooper S ALL4

‘It’s too like the opposite of a Tardis.’ Simon Stuart-Miller

My understanding of the mini is that it is comes miniature, meaning much than normal. I’m of skirts (as usual), bars and the cute little car Alec designed in 1959.

When the at BMW created the new Mini (can it be 10 years ago?), they a lack of understanding, or perhaps a of respect for our language, because it was big. It’s obvious how came up with the design: heated up the old car to a temperature that metal to expand, then attached a powerful compressor to the pipe and simply pumped it up. or whatever the German is for voila, the new

It was still just about sharing some DNA with the and isn’t a totally unlikable Well, it wasn’t until the agents took a fancy to it: who to drive around looking a fox from Twatstons? (Something wrong there but you know I mean.)

For the Countryman, they’ve gone to their compressor and pumped it up more. A lot more. It’s and has absolutely no right to be called a I parked next to an old one in Sainsbury’s car never mind Bavaria, it as if we’d come straight Brobdingnag.

My girlfriend wanted me to ask the little man in his car what he thought of our monster, but to be I was too embarrassed. He might think it was and obviously he’d hate it.

I it, too. This is a really car. Yes, it drives I’m trying the top-of-the-range S All4. It really is a 4×4, you need only to look at it to it’s not meant to go anywhere wild, just as you wouldn’t your limited edition trainers for farming.

And it’s too big for the city. Too big for this car anyway – if we weren’t parked to a tiny old Mini, I wouldn’t be to get out. And I’m on a diet.

Yet the model I’ve got has only two in the back, so it carries exactly the number of people as the tiny car door. It’s like the of a Tardis.

OK, so it’s well inside, with some Mini details like the big speedometer, which is actually in the wrong place to be useful so another one in the right place. A in other words. It all is – one massive gimmick. Oh, and the price is massive, especially if you go for this one. two and half grand.

For a Mini! That’s just ridiculous.

Mini Countryman Cooper S All4


Top speed 130mph

Acceleration in 7.9 seconds

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