Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4 Review Autocar

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Mini Cooper S Countryman

What is it?

It’s Mini’s new on public roads at last in Germany). This is the car which, believes, will attract whose lifestyle just allow the style/packaging trade-offs of the ‘new’ Mini, or its oddball brother.

Indeed, the Countryman is so squarely at trendy, affluent that it’s the biggest there will ever be; the itself says that it think the brand will beyond the 4.11m length of car. And it’s a true no ‘Clubdoors’ here.

The Countryman in three states of 1.6-litre tune — 97bhp 121bhp Cooper and 181bhp, Cooper S — and two diesels, the D and the 110bhp Cooper D. It’s the S we’re trying here, in four-wheel-drive ALL4 spec. All of the models are available with an option, but our car had the six-speed manual standard fare across the

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it like?

An odd’un. First it feels noticeably bigger a regular Mini, and the square can make it strangely hard to during tight manoeuvres. You do like you’re sitting in a position than in even a hatch like a Focus or a

It sits on slightly taller than a Mini Cooper S, so the is a little more compliant yes, we did find some potholes to see if the Countryman allow as crashing intrusions as its siblings). And the is a willing companion — the extra bulk of a four-wheel-drive is enough to make the 181bhp feel more like a healthy powerplant instead of the role it plays in the regular

It seems more grown-up, in And that, you may well argue, is no bad

Yet in some areas — the steering — Mini’s have tried to dial in of the characteristics of the regular car. So the straightahead the Countryman is pointy nervous, even. And when you get round the rack it becomes that this trait has programmed in; it’s as if the Mini book demanded it, so the Countryman got it.

Likewise the switchgear, which is trinket-like than ever; the is enormous, the rocker switches are right at the bottom of the centre and the handbrake — styled an aircraft throttle — is a to use. Anyone considering from a Focus will be — if impressed, rightly, by the of the materials.

Is it more practical a Clubman? Absolutely. Four big can squeeze into the cabin and for a reasonable distance without too discomfort.

Headroom and shoulder room are only six-footers will about knee and legroom in the too.

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Luggage space is to be more of a problem, mind. has clearly traded off the boot to a cabin for four, so the chances of all getting suitcases in are minimal. In area more than any the Countryman is a notch adrift of the and Golf.

Should I buy one?

More of you will probably be that of this Mini any other, because while the has split opinion, there’s no that this car does questions that the Clubman ignored.

It’s not a perfect car, by any means. And in dimensions at it’s not a Mini. But we can see why the Countryman have appeal.


Mini Cooper S Countryman

Price: £22,030; 0-62mph: Top speed: 130mph; Economy: CO2: 157g/km; Kerb 1380kg; Engine: four-cylinder, turbo, petrol; Power: at 5500rpm; Torque: 177lb ft at (191lb ft at 1700rpm-4500rpm with function); Gearbox: six-speed Fuel tank: 47 litres; capacity: 350 litres

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