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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 achievements in big-ness.

The flipside of ought to be that the Mini is no mini, and therefore shouldn’t like a Mini is meant to. The men clearly got very nervous this and have spent a deal of time trying to themselves, and us, that the Countryman is inch a Mini in the dynamics Does Mini protest too

On first inspection the Mini is, an opinion splitter again. Is it a bit From some angles it odd, and its unprecedented size and height play havoc your Mini preconceptions. But probably one of those cars will quickly start to right on the road, in part due to its ubiquity, and in part thanks to strong brand identity and deft design touches. odd downward kink at the rear of the for instance, enables the Countryman to Mini’s trademark floating without it looking uncomfortably

And the overall effect is undeniably Here is a car far larger than else from the Mini but still possessed of that car appeal, that cheekiness and vim became its USP some 60 years

Inside, Mini’s maturation is all the overt, and impressive. After of ignoring the criticism, the designers finally dispensed with the silver plastic trim the instruments and integrated them a meatier, soft-touch dash that looks and feels far premium. And in the back, where prospective Countryman buyer be heading first, it’s impressive.

There’s real and legroom, and the rear seats can be back and forth to create space in the boot as required.

first four-door will be as either a four-seater, with two adjustable rears and masses of room, or as a slightly more five seater — bit of a squeeze, but spacious nonetheless. If you for the four-seater, however, you get a central that runs from to rear of the cabin, onto you can clip any number of functional options like a storage armrest or iPod holder. is also running a competition punters are challenged to design an to clip onto the centre and the top three ideas will be put series production.

If you fancy a stab at this go to for more details. We’re patenting a clip-on Keira Journeys will fly by.

A professional needs to be made here. So was TopGear’s access to the Countryman Mini HQ wouldn’t let us drive it on the Our car, a top-spec 184bhp Cooper S, was production standard, but for Our Only and as such we can’t you with any certainty how well it cope with stuff motorway cruising or our crummy, B-roads. But the handling circuit on we could drive the car divulged a lot, and all of it good. The Countryman drive like a Mini with its transverse engine the weight well behind the wheels, making the nose and responsive to steering input.

And despite a 10mm increase in height there is a conspicuous of body roll in tight, corners.

And a potential boon for the S, and Cooper D alongside it, is the option of ‘All4′ four-wheel-drive system. The remains in essence a front-wheel-drive but with this £1,220 it will send up to 100 per cent of to the rear wheels as and when is lost. The system works as safety feature and performance providing excellent levels of and go in conjunction with Mini’s non-invasive traction control.

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A drive across a back will be a better test of the claims that the Countryman is as capable as its excellent two-door but until that time the look good.

The semi-SUV status of the Countryman a bit contrived, however. Marginally ride height, a meatier presence and the option of a loose of four-wheel drive on the most models does not add up to the basic one you can be sure will be made by a proud owner, that is ‘the 4×4 Mini’. not.

And at £16,000 basic, to £22,030 for the all-singing Cooper S, not a cheap car either, however you to define it.

But as lifestyle statements go, the is an attractive package. It’s practical, seems thus far to be a drive, is a highly desirable in what is arguably a rather segment of the market, and should onto its value better many of its less exciting Image conscious suburbanites, with new families and cash to are bound to flock to the Countryman. to see hundreds parked outside pubs for sunny Sunday the rear seats littered boutique baby toys and old of Vogue. This is a car that your middle age while at the time keeping it at a comfortable

Irritating artifice to some, the solution to others.


On your drive for: pcm

Performance: 0-60mph in 7.4secs, max 133mph, 44.8mpg

Tech: 4cyl, 4WD, 184bhp, ft, n/a kg, 146g/km CO2

Mini Countryman Electric Cars
Mini Countryman Electric Cars
Mini Countryman Electric Cars
Mini Countryman Electric Cars
Mini Countryman Electric Cars
Mini Countryman Electric Cars
Mini Countryman Electric Cars
Mini Countryman Electric Cars
Mini Countryman Electric Cars

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