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Mini goes maxi Countryman

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Has Mini abandoned the bright lights in favour of something Country chic and gained a few in the process? We hop in for a ride in the most Mini yet.

Mini’s over the past 10 years is a to how to do retro without trying too Since the reintroduction of the classic badge a few years ago with the of Germany’s powerful BMW the little has become the vehicular accessory for a range of people.

Cute as it is, the hatchback has always had its practical Sure, it’s nimble town and great fun to drive, but the boot for anything larger a handbag is always an entertaining That has not, however, me from squeezing a whole of kit into it while out shopping a friend for furnishings for his new home – by employing some creative

Given these and similar tests, the move towards a Mini was bound to happen. It with the wagon-like Clubman and its accommodation and practical swing but the Countryman should be even useful.


The pudgy is the latest addition to the Mini and is set to take the badge into unknown. The biggest Mini yet is by BMW to be a proper crossover, able to you from the city streets to the outdoors, pronto.

The Countryman mimics that of the rest of the range with Cooper and S models comprising the line-up. model seems the perfect for finally introducing a diesel to the local Mini range and the African team has confirmed is being considered, although a will be made in early

Until then, the regular engines will have to do. the engines are identical to those in the hatchback, although engines the range have been to produce marginally more while consuming less The Cooper’s power is up from 88 to while the Cooper S bags an 7kW to now pump out 135kW.

Torque remains unchanged.

BUT. Clever proportions Countryman appear smaller.

For the we wouldn’t bother with the models – as the manual version was donkey-like on the launch drives mix of and bad tar and gravel, we’d hate to what the auto would be – and make a beeline straight for the Cooper S versions.

Although the appeal is on par with what expect from anything the Mini badge, a combination of car’s bigger body and the air at the launch route’s altitude the colourful Johannesburg CBD to the Cradle of surrounds in North West may have been its undoing, with the two extra kiloWatts. the Cooper S model is infinitely rewarding. Power is available you need it and the play factor is poised for engagement, even on stretches of gravel with eagerly grappling at any surface any kind of traction.

The Countryman has optional 4×4 for the Cooper S models. An all-wheel system based on BMW’s variable xDrive, it electronically drive from a standard split up to, in extreme situations, up to to either front or rear This car is, however, seen as the addition to the Mini range and is not for any serious off-road pursuits.

it won’t tread a pretty 19 where your favourite of Louboutin heels or Gucci would not go.

Ride comfort on the spring strut with track control arms and a rear suspension is exceptional. Stability Control (DSC) is on all Countryman models.

ROOMY: The cabin looks familiar, but less likely to jab your in the ribs.


The clever design has a lot to do with the automatic transposing of the Mini’s enjoyable properties (and are plenty). The car’s proportions are the most noteworthy.

See, despite it being over four metres the Countryman doesn’t look too bigger than the petite and while the front occupants noticeably more space up the facia arrangement still thoroughly Mini.

The first I even noticed the seating aided by the 165mm+ ground was when we were creeping in traffic and I noticed I was looking down at the other cars, and not up as I would in a Mini.

The boot is also noticeably larger, its capacity swelling from 350 to litres with the rear folded forward. Countrymans(men?) to South Africa will all be with a three-seater rear as standard, although the two individual standard on many other can be specified.

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As this Mini remains customisable but a cool new option if you own an iPhone) is Mini Connected. its South African introduction on the the communication interface allows for with your smartphone and for news, Twitter and web radio

Countryman prices are a lot steeper but completely likely that who love their Minis not be too distressed by this knowledge. still a Mini and does you’d expect a Mini to do – fun, quirky and solid – but is just a little bigger. probably explains why this retains its cute factor, its fuller cheeks?

ROOM FOR The Mini family is rapidly with three new models pencilled in for 2011. A JCW model may not be too far either.

But if Countryman’s not quite thing, you may be pleased to know the range is growing. The Mini WRC in Paris hits the dirt next year and customer teams, including a South one, will be campaigning the from 2011.

Also look out for the Mini at the 2011 Johannesburg International Show; the Roadster which also be built at the Cowley outside Oxford will soon thereafter.


Cooper five-speed manual – 500

Countryman Cooper six-speed – R303 600

Countryman Cooper S manual – R345 000

Countryman S six-speed automatic – R361 100

Cooper S five-speed manual – R393 000

Countryman Cooper S automatic All4 – R409 100

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


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