Drive Mini Cooper Countryman Review

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cooler than your compact SUV

Roomier and more than a regular Mini

ride and handling



Unremarkable equipment

Sluggish performance

Not especially or practical

No spare tyre

marketing means we all know Mini stands for — cheeky small cars and else. So what, then, to of the Countryman?

It is like no Mini it. Not only is it considerably bigger the regular Cooper hatch has underpinned the brand since it is reaching all the way into compact territory with a practical body and all-wheel-drive availability.

It certainly looks like a albeit a puffed-up one. How the rest of the package stand up?

and equipment

There are turbocharged and diesel models but we tested the Cooper, which kicks off $37,700 plus on-road and costs, or $40,050 in auto

That’s not cheap compared other two-wheel-drive compact and the standard serve of airconditioning, control, trip computer, multi-function steering wheel and CD system with MP3 compatibility lavish.

For an extra $5400 the Chilli version, which Harman Kardon premium sports seats, 17-inch and other gear. But you’ll have to pay extra for Bluetooth, heads a massive options that includes sat-nav, roof and countless colour and possibilities.

Safety is solid, with six stability control and a five-star rating, but you’ll also to fork out if you want parking

Under the bonnet

Most soft-roaders are powered by 2.0-litre or even 2.5-litre engines but the Countryman makes do with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol

There’s nothing wrong the engine, which is willing, and smooth.

The six-speed auto we also does a good job of the engine on the boil.

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However, it doesn’t have the herbs for the job and you need to work it hard in all but the relaxed urban driving. In open-road going it is a slug; you can it but the soaring revs and volume accompanied by a similar increase in

Manual versions register official fuel use of 6.5 litres per 100 but the best we could do in our auto was 8.8 Unlike costlier versions, the model misses out on an auto function and other technology to fuel use.

How it drives

The isn’t as sharp as a regular but it is a good drive with steering, a balanced feel and of grip. The polished action of controls including steering, and brakes adds to the enjoyment.

The falls on the sporting side of the It can be a bit bouncy over really tarmac and tyre noise can be but most of the time surface are handled with a flair to other Minis.

Being front-drive, the Cooper the traction reserves of its more all-wheel-drive siblings but the good and ride add up to a capable, enjoyable on dirt.

It’s well to urban driving, too, average rear vision and a wide 11.6-metre turning occasionally make life

Comfort and practicality

With its big speedo, toggle switches and cabin ambience, the Countryman only be a Mini.

That of occasion flows into the where two bucket seats are by a console rail that the length of the cabin, allowing the of various storage units. You can a regular three-seat bench as a option if you prefer.

The fancy console isn’t as good to use as it is to look at. The storage are fiddly and foul the handbrake in positions and there isn’t in the way of other stash space.

the Countryman is a lot more practical a regular Mini. There’s legroom in the back with the rear seat set to its rearmost In that layout, the boot is a 350 litres but you can get up to 450 litres by sacrificing

It’s still not as practical as compact soft-roaders. The rear is low, hard and lacks the for three occupants, while litres of luggage space the split-fold back seats isn’t amazing (a Subaru manages 1600 litres). no spare tyre, either; a can of sealant and a compressor.

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