2012 Mini Countryman S Test Drive

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2012 Mini Countryman S Drive

What do you call a big  A Maxi? It s really more a mediumini although the Countryman is far and the biggest car to ever wear a badge, it s still not that big of a

 In fact, by American standards it s smaller than a lot of the stuff we buy in  We consider a Ford Escape a SUV, but it still dwarfs the by a wide margin although the s wheelbase is only about an longer, overall size is 11 longer than the Countryman, it s an inch wider, and it s almost 7

So if a Mini isn t small, what s the  Isn t that their  Isn t that why they re  I suppose one could argue point, but sometimes reality is a lot convincing than ideology. all people that want a want to fold themselves into a tiny car, not all of want to make their passengers have to hurdle a folded seat, some get married and have kids and more car, life

 Sure, the world would be a place if everyone was issued a S Hardtop JCW and told to make do, but s not how it works.  And when only product is long on fun but on really anything else, end up leaving your brand for awful when they kids.  Like a Toyota

Realizing that keeping in the Mini fold was important, the was born.  Not quite a not quite an SUV, it s really a big Mini with some (real) doors.  Brand isn t Mini s strong suit: the odd doors (that open in two down the middle) of the Clubman don t an appearance here, just a open-from-the-top hatchback like the Cooper.  The Clubman s club door (reverse-opening on the passenger side) also to that model, as the Countryman has totally conventional doors.

s the weirdness to be found on the Countryman,

Don t worry, it s still there. the headlights that stay the chassis while the hood up around them

To the four-bucket-seats layout, complete with a running through the center of the to which you can attach things an integrated sunglasses holder.  Or pod-like cup holders.  Why no seat in the middle of the rear

 Who knows?

There s a lot cargo space in the Countryman in the Clubman or Hardtop, of course. the rear seats folded the Countryman offers a sizeable of cargo space, which is 8.5 than a Clubman, and 17.3 than a hardtop.  It s still 16 than the Honda Fit, but car is an engineering miracle of space

 It s also 15.3 bigger a 5-door Fiesta hatch, and a 26.3 larger than a Golf hatchback.

Dimensions-wise, it dwarf a regular Mini.  A S Hardtop is 57.2 wide; the sits right at 70.4 . a Hardtop is 146.8 long; the stretches to 161.8  Wheelbase is larger: 97.1 for the Hardtop, for the Countryman.  Height is the visible difference: 55.4 for the Hardtop, for the Countryman.

 Result: park it to a Cooper and it looks huge. it next to a compact SUV or even a sedan and it looks pretty  Everthing s relative.

Anyone with modern Mini s feel right at home in the not a lot of adapting to do.  There s still the center-dash mounted Speedometer, and the tachometer stuck to the steering along with a row of tiny low down in the center stack to windows and locks, etc. build quality has always a Mini advantage, and it continues to be in the regardless of whether or not you like the styling.  I still find it and I m pretty used to Mini s by but it might not be your cup of tea (so to speak.)

The are cushy and comfortable, with lateral support considering the s primary intentions.  The (bottom left in the above is another oddity, but it s nice to see getting creative with set-in-stone features like  I m still not in love with to look down and right to see my but they make the speedometer so that it s pretty hard to

 Other Mini oddities: a key pod you poke into a dock in the and crank the engine over a start button right to it, or the turn signals that don t ever stay in place you move them, or the release for the hidden in the Mini symbol.

The uses the same engines and as the rest of the Mini lineup, so entirely surprising.  The Countryman has a naturally-aspirated 1.6L I4, but the car (A Countryman S 6-speed) uses the S s turbocharged I4.  It s still a fairly engine: all aluminum, twin camshafts, a single twin-scroll direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, etc a total of 181bhp @ 5,500 and an impressively flat torque 177lb-ft from 1,600rpm all the way to  Like other turbo the Countryman S also has overboost peak torque to 192lb-ft wide-open-throttle.

 Unlike the Hardtop, and Clubman, there isn t a JCW engine to increase power to 208bhp. the other Mini s, the Countryman is with either a Getrag manual transmission, or an Aisin automatic transmission.  Fuel isn t as good as regular Mini s, but I t complain about the Countryman S s 26 32 highway rating that s great mileage for this power and space.

Driving the S yields more similarities to sized Mini s than but there are some notable  You sit higher up in a Countryman, not SVT Raptor high, but visibility is over the smaller models. can certainly feel the extra in the interior- those with elbows will appreciate not cramped.

 The 6-speed gearbox remains a joy to operate, short throws and very gates it s strange that BMW can t get kind of shift quality out of manual gearboxes, where the sits right above the itself.

With the extra poundage Countryman S is carrying around, you do something you wouldn t in a regular S: turbo lag.  Considering the engine in the Hardtop Cooper S is carrying around 2,668 compared to the Countryman S s curb of 2,954, a little bit of wait-and-go isn t  It s just a momentary pause the tiny turbo huffs horsepower into the 1.6L and you re off on your way on a pretty impressive of torque.

The other new thing the brings to the Mini table is a Mini brand first. system is called All4, and it s an AWD system with a static torque split the way AWD really be.  My tester was a front-wheel-drive Countryman, but I ve good things about the system plus, they re it as the basis of their return to WRC so it has to have some redeeming  The bad thing, which is with virtually every system, is the added weight.

is only available on the Countryman S; and the non-turbo Countryman takes 9.8 to hit sixty and the system adds to the car, I can sort of see why. all the Countrymans, the FWD S 6-speed is the quickest, 0-60 in 7.0 flat and through the mile in 15.5.  An Automatic S FWD the same in 7.4 and 15.7, while a S All4 takes 7.3 and 15.8, and the model (Countryman S All4 takes 7.7 and 15.9.

 So one must their need for speed their need for winter  And of course, avoid the it s still a Mini, not a Camry, you a clutch pedal.

So it s certainly not (15 years ago a 7.0 second 0-60 out of anything with a 1.6L would have been much less a tall quasi-SUV), but the option of the JCW engine it s 208bhp and 192lb-ft before wouldn t go amiss.  There s the aftermarket for that.  What s impressive is how the Countryman rides. of my primary complaints about the Mini s is that while do handle like gokarts, also ride like one you take them on the highway, and s primarily due to the extremely short and firm spring and damper

 I m young, so I prefer handling to ride quality, but it s certainly a off for more mature buyers.  No issues in the Countryman; this rides like a Cadillac. analogy is probably out of date, with the pop-your-spine-out-of-your-back CTS-V,  There s reasonable suspension (again, I feel like designed this car half for WRC but surprisingly little body

You re not as tempted to attack a back like it just punched mother as you would in a Cooper S, but if you to, you absolutely could.  I suppose all of would revolt if they a Mini that handled and they ve succeeded in making a that handles the opposite of how it  I m quite impressed, especially this car was devoid of the optional package (which includes 18 with low-profile tires) or the Suspension (which has stiffer and dampers as well as thicker bars.)

So it s a nice car, and it s got room for real people and families, but it still drives a Mini.  What is the competition for car?  I d say as far as mechanical and market go, it s probably the Nissan Juke. re both oddly shaped hatchbacks with (realistic seating for four people, powered by 1.6L direct-injected I4 s around 180 horsepower, they re relatively small although look large in pictures, and re both available with a of front or all-wheel drive, and or automatic (CVT, in the Juke s transmissions.

 There are some mostly in appearance: while the is willfully ugly, intentionally to the point of polarity, the Mini is really a plus-sized Mini. the headlamps are an usual shape, and it s got a roof, but otherwise it s really not all weird.

The Juke is also available with a turbo (and it s pretty awesome), but you can have a manual or all wheel not both.  Which is a shame, a 6-speed Juke with the rear suspension, and auto-torque-biasing AWD be awesome.  The other the Juke is a lot cheaper.  The FWD Countryman starts at $22,350; a Juke (base model, FWD, manual) starts at

 The Juke s interior has a amount of cheap flimsiness to it but a S starts at $25,950.

So, Mini has something fairly enviable they ve stretched their beyond where most would think logic dictate, and the product is still a Mini.  It looks like a drives like a Mini, like a Mini, but you can actually use it. know, fit cargo or real in it (I fit comfortably in the back seat of the and I m 6 2 .  Can t say the same about the which seems to run out of rear room around 5 8 .)  It s not as fun to drive as a Cooper S, but you wouldn t expect it to be the additional girth and mass. purists (are there a thing?) might decry it as brand values, but it s no Cayenne or

 It s a little pricey, but it could be what you re looking for.

Mini Cooper S Countryman

price: $25,950

Price as $29,800

Options: Cold Package ($750; power heated mirrors headlight jets, heated seats), Package ($1,750, Dual Sunroof, Auto Climate Harmon Kardon Sound Center Armrest ($250), Headlights ($500),  Bluetooth USB Adapter ($500), White Lights ($100)

Body: unit construction hatchback

Front transverse-engined front drive, 6-speed Getrag Gearbox

Accomodations: 4 passengers

: I4, Aluminum Block

Displacement: 1,598cc

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Aspiration: twin-scroll turbocharger, intercooled

delivery: Direct fuel

Valvetrain: Dual Overhead (Chain Driven), 4v/cyl Total), Valvetronic variable timing

Compression ratio: 10.5:1


Suspension (F): Strut, coil spring, bar

Suspension (R): Multi-link coil spring, gas-charged absorber, aluminum trailing anti-roll bar

Steering: Rack Electronic Power Assist, steering ratio

Wheels/Tires: 17 7 wheels, 205/55/R17 tires

(F/R): 12.1 ventilated single piston calipers 11 solid discs, single calipers (R), ABS, CBC

Wheelbase: 102.2


Track (F/R): 60 /61.1

70.4 (w/o mirros) (w/mirrors)

Height: 61.5

Capacity: 41.3ft³ (with seats folded)

Curb 2,954lbs

Main Competitors: Juke, Audi Q3, VW Tiguan, BMW X1, small SUV s (Escape/CR-V, Rav4,

Pros: Adds useful in every direction to the Mini losing the Mini-ness, greatly ride over conventional s, available AWD, selection of wider than the Juke, on it s not that big guys.

Cons: noticeable turbo lag, (loaded Country S with option can top $42,000 before you get into dealer add-ons), no JCW option, no AWD on base model, s a big Mini.

Conclusion: Makes no on the surface; makes plenty of once you drive one. kids and/or a lot of stuff but want a Cooper S?  Get one of

Thanks to Michael Robinson at Mini of Raleigh for the test  Need a Mini?  you can him at mrobinson@flowauto.com

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