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At A Glance

PERHAPS it was inevitable a fourth family member be added to the Mini line-up. the second-generation Mini (in Cooper/S, and Clubman forms) has gained acclaim and popularity due mostly to its looks, which are positively up by impressive on-road dynamics, a dose of character and enviable of desirability courtesy of clever campaigns, one thing has been – once a family has been not even the “stationwagon” Clubman enough practicality

With the new Mini hopes to reunite of its lost owners with beloved brand by offering the first time) four-door with a healthy dose of thrown in for good measure. At metres long, and standing by virtue of its raised ground the new Countryman is unmistakably a Mini to the integration of a variety of the quirky touches that have this evolving retro so successful.

The Countryman’s cabin will be familiar, too. The large speedometer remains the center-piece, the audio and climate control slotting in below. One new feature to the Countryman though is an aeroplane right-angled handbrake lever.

meant to offer drivers a user-friendly operation, though not convinced that there is wrong with the operation of a lever.

The biggest talking with the Countryman is likely to be its spacious cabin. Gone are the front seats and cramped pews of the three-door Mini and in place are a pair of raised cushions and a rear bench a 60:40 split) that can accommodate grownups. In fact, go so far as to say that the leg- and headroom on at the back of the new Mini is pretty

Gaining entry to the rear no requires a potentially painful thanks to rear doors open wide. The only to having such a spacious is that the luggage area relatively small – an aspect will need to be considered planning a trip to the, um,

Another consideration is that the still has only a 47-litre tank capacity, which may just how far off the beaten track be able to venture. The recently turbocharged 1 598 cm3 Cooper S engine however, offer improved consumption, even with an in power (128 to 135 kW). in the heavier Countryman body 200 kilograms more than the the CAR fuel index figure of litres/100 km should realise a range of around 540 km.

The slick and action of the standard six-manual (a six-speed automatic is also is a welcome hand-me-down to the newest of the Mini family. The stubby lever fi ts nicely to hand and you to keep the revs within the spot” through effortless through the gate.

Mini is offering the Countryman in two- or all-wheel drive thanks to the adaptation of BMW’s system to fit this package. In Countryman models this delivers an electronically-controlled standard front-to-rear torque split, but has the to move up to 100 per cent of available to the front or rear wheels as With no such need during our test routine – and system remaining in its default drive mode – the Cooper S was unable to match the feats by its wheel-spinning hatch sibling launching off the line, and a best km/h sprint (hop) of 8,93 seconds was the best we could muster.

Once up and though, “maxi” Mini every bit as lively and willing as its sliblings.

One of the hallmarks of Mini throughout the years has been the kart-like handling dynamics and on offer, achieved mainly to the car’s low centre of gravity and stance. Although the taller and body (149 mm ground of the new Countryman dictate that of such prowess have lost in translation, we are pleased to that the newcomer still more than enough of the Mini handling DNA for prospective to get excited about.

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Some obvious body is to be expected, but thanks to the familiar steering, impressive balance – and a dose of negative camber on the wheels, the Countryman still has an on-road manner. On gravel and surfaces (probably the limit of the search for adventure), the All4 can to be quite lively and entertaining as the of the still relatively firm and low profile, run-flat rubber R18) keeps the car light on its Standard DSC, CBC (cornering control) and a comprehensive ABS braking ensure that matters are nicely under control,

In terms of ride quality, the Countryman easily breaks new for the Mini marque. This easily handles the worst of Africa’s roads without its occupants’ feathers…


So, how badly do you miss your Mini? BMW South Africa is on the fact that you miss its looks, kart-like handling and stylish all-round appeal to want to be reunited with the brand. This new model has some way towards delivering one of the that forced former loyalists to look elsewhere –

The Countryman offers distinguishable looks (if slightly awkward certain angles), familiar dynamics, and a healthy dose of thanks to a bigger interior.

is a premium price to pay for this of nostalgia however and, and this is a Mini that heavily on its character to justify its tag.

There are plenty to the Countryman – both in standard as guise – and those rivals potentially better value- practicality, and versatility than the Then again, the same has been said of this and somehow the endearing character and fun been reflected on the sales If you can’t resist, we would at suggest that you leave the option box unticked.

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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