2011 Mini Cooper Mini Cooper S Countryman Countryman ALL4 Road & Track

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2011 Mini Cooper S and Countryman ALL4

New crossover Mini offers several for the brand while retaining all the performance and styling.

By Jennifer October 8, 2010 / Photos by Degtjarewsky and Mini U.S.A.

say that everything is bigger in and that’s just where we to get behind the wheel of the latest largest) addition to the family, the and Countryman ALL4. For two days of fun, we saddled up and put the Countryman its paces on urban streets, hills and even dirt roads.

This biggest to date measures 161.3 from bumper to bumper 15.7 in. longer than a Cooper hardtop. with a that has been increased by 5.1 in. to It’s significantly taller with a height of 61.5 in. the standard Mini’s 55.4. this longer, taller, version is substantial in Mini (and is positioned as a crossover by the we are happy to report that the has retained the sport styling and performance of its smaller siblings.

The biggest news? The Countryman is the Mini to offer all-wheel-drive ALL4 in Mini speak. option adds 254 lb. to the vehicle, for a weight of 3208 lb. As for cost, assures us that a well-optioned with ALL4 will in under $30K. Base will start at $22,350, pricing of the more powerful S has not yet announced.

All versions of the Mini are expected to hit dealerships in January, in a palette of 11 exterior color and with a wealth of customization

Under the hood of the Cooper is a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine produces 121 bhp at 6000 rpm and has 114 lb.-ft. of at 4250 rpm, good for a 0-60 time of 9.8 seconds. The S Countryman comes with the 1.6-liter direct-injected engine produces 181 bhp at 5500 rpm and 177 lb.-ft. of from 1600-5000 rpm. The 0-60 time of the S is almost seconds quicker than the Countryman, at 7.0 sec.

And in full-throttle overboost conditions, engine delivers 192 lb.-ft. of at 1700-4500 rpm.

For the record, all Cooper S ALL4 Countryman will have a 50/50 split. What’s more, all Countryman models have a suspension than the standard a sport suspension will be as an option for added performance. will have a choice an automatic or a manual transmission.

On the the Countryman proved quiet and with minimal body in turns. And on the dirt, it had the traction and to fling rocks and romp a pro. Bottom line, larger Mini is not much than the rest of the model

With its tight steering, manners and abundance of power, the is genuinely fun to drive.

All versions of the deliver excellent fuel The base model has an EPA rating of 27 mpg mpg hwy, whereas the sportier S gets a respectable 25/32 The ALL4 model does as well, at 25/31.

Another for Mini are the Countryman’s four side doors, along a rear hatch that the Mini logo to engage the release lever. You’ll note that across the 2011 Mini product new taillight clusters that LED light strips create a look during night And as in all Minis, you’ll find exhausts on the S versions, plus in the rear wheel arches and a spoiler.

Inside, the Countryman is on all fronts for driver and passengers legs, head and shoulders have plenty of space. fully adjustable bucket (a first for Mini), are on duty the car, and the rear seats can flat to increase the cargo to an impressive 41.3 cu. ft. With seats up, there’s still a 16.5 cu. ft. of space in the rear.

Need extra cup holders? A phone dock? An ever-ready case? Mini has added a new rail system that between the front and back

This system, which snap-in accessories that can the length of the rail, is illuminated night driving for improved and access. Also lit are the door and door handles, along the speedometer and tachometer. While in cases, we found the Mini system to be an attractive feature, the brake tends to interfere tall items are placed in the such as an iPhone.

The parking itself is also a bit of a bother its size and method of operation the center rail when Moreover, my male counterparts had using the brake because of the space between the handle and the console. That s something we Mini will change in the

Up front, the new entertainment and navigation are integrated into the Countryman s which we found intuitive and to use via the joystick on the console. The fuel is also housed here, the driver a great deal of with just a glance.


has also incorporated its new app called Connected with the in-car system. It automatically syncs the car and delivers options to the driver as listening to streaming radio we picked a station from New City that played on the back roads of Texas. Connected can also supply RSS feeds that can be read

Additionally, it can access Google and even hosts a Twitter with canned Tweets for inclined to social networking.

for the Countryman s debut in dealerships mid-January with prices to start at $22,000 for the base $26,000 for the S, and $27,000 for the ALL4.

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