2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 an AW Drivers Log Car Review

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2011 Mini Cooper S All4, an AW Drivers Log Car Review

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April 25, 2011 9:57 am ET

EXECUTIVE EDITOR—AUTOWEEK.COM BOB My initial impression of the 2011 Cooper S Countryman All4? too big and heavy to wear the Mini After driving?

I am stunned at how fun even a bigger, heavier can be.

Working the six-speed manual does wonders for getting the out of the available displacement—punching the sport is mandatory. But where a normal relies on front-drive and a superb to wing it around corners a go-kart, the Countryman employs AWD to send the power to the right to push the car through corners. there’s more body with this tall and Mini, but you can feel the suspension out to keep the rubber in maximum with the road despite the motion. The result is a bigger that is still a blast a half, I suppose) to drive, and hard.

When you really it around a freeway ramp, it completely tied down and Gearing is excellent to hit the right for the speed and the tightness of the corner. is spot on.

My major complaint: Wind and noise are evident, which may not be an in a less expensive Mini, but for a little better insulation be in order.

After more in the Countryman, I believe it is improperly This is the Mini Everyman, it is the Mini that anyone live with and love. plenty of space, plenty of and plenty of fun here to qualify for citizenship, but you don’t have to with the tight dimensions of the Mini.

When you need to carry four people, or cargo, the bigger Countryman you reasonable space for the people or I could see this becoming the for those who just can’t the limitations of the diminutive Mini.

WES RAYNAL: I thought the car was close to a to drive. It’s quick and still has go-karty handling, I’m a bit surprised the thing 3,000 pounds on the scale. a little hefty.

And it’s but not nearly as cute a regular

Another thing that me was rear-seat room—there’s quite a bit than I would have Front-seat room seems the same as that in a regular to me, with a lot more headroom.

The steering might be the best of the driving experience. It’s quick and accurate. There’s a bit of body roll, but then I that.

I also expected the to me more rigid, but I blame the potholes, at least in part.


this Countryman is a fun little(ish)

EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER This was my first time in the and overall, I enjoyed the driving It’s tall and there is more body roll you would expect in anything a Mini badge. It’s not as tossable into corners as a Mini.

But the biggest disappointment for me was the In bumpy corners, the car just rather than the suspension the energy and keeping it from transferred throughout the car. Is because of the size or because of the AWD

Not sure, but even in a straight the car has a different sort of feel on surfaces.

I also was surprised by the back-seat area, with of legroom. And the engine and the six-speed seem perfectly mated, I had some problems with the and throttle in getting the thing I thought at first it was because of the being cold, but then I had to really pick the revs up.

I don’t like the lack of a steering column.

Overall, I away liking the Countryman for its differences from the Mini than disliking it for not being like a base Mini. could easily be a family’s ride—at least until the start approaching those years.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR WONG: Wow, talk a mondo Mini. This is big, right down to the Mini badge on the rear It’s not a stretch to assume some Mini driving would be lost with the dimensions, added weight and drive.

But I was shocked at how well the retains much of the fun driving we’ve come to expect the company.

Of course, the turbocharged in the S model and the six-speed manual play a big part here. We driven a naturally aspirated here in Detroit yet, but off the spec sheet, it doesn’t like much of a thrill You would be down 60 hp and 63 lb-ft of And Mini says hitting 60 mph a standstill takes 9.8 seconds, doesn’t sound very fun to me.

This is while the turbo drive reaches 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, is much better.

Another worth noting is where the is available in the turbocharged I4. Peak of 177 lb-ft is available from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, explains the car’s decent in its first step.

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Considering the and the higher ride height, the is a fine handler. There is through corners and noticeable under braking, but strangely, the does get a little rough our broken surface streets. For I’ll copy Raynal for our poor roads more so the car.

The overall experience isn’t going to match of the smaller Cooper S hardtop, but for in a still relatively small with ample seating for passengers, this scores on the fun-to-drive scale. And look at the seat! It is indeed very with good legroom.

is Mini-quick and responsive, and the brakes scrub off speed when on with good pedal True, there’s a fair of wind and tire noise the Goodyear rubber that was a disappointing, but that should be remedied with additional deadening.

However, there was one thing did drive me nuts—the outside mirrors. They are mounted way too which isn’t a problem for the side, but on the passenger side, the covers up roughly the bottom of the mirror. Most of the mirror is in view, but I found it to be annoying to not the entire thing in full

ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR CHERYL L. This Countryman and an old Mini coupe were parked to each other in the parking lot the day, and the differences couldn’t be The Countryman looks like a clone of the original. The one thing annoyed me the most on the exterior was the Mini logo on the back.

The added dimensions are also in the interior, which is roomier usable back seats. The of the interior still screams with the giant speedometer in the and toggle-switch controls. The seats are and legroom in the front is good.

The shifter is still a delight to which I’m ever for. Overall, this Mini is a fun ride with the bonus of AWD to make it attractive to a audience.

2011 Mini Cooper S All4

Base Price:

As-Tested Price: $33,650

1.6-liter turbocharged I4; AWD, manual

Output: 181 hp @ 5,500 177 lb-ft @ 1,600-5,000 rpm

Curb 3,252 lb

Fuel Economy AW ): 28/23.8 mpg

Options: Premium including a dual-pane panoramic automatic climate control and a sound system ($1,750); package including 18-inch wheels, black bonnet and xenon headlights ($1,000); tobacco/carbon black interior cold-weather package including heated mirrors, heated seats ($750); comfort keyless entry ($500); net ($250); center armrest

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