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Review: MINI Countryman

(all caps required): the itself inherently limits the A large MINI would be It would not be seen as a MINI.

But car buyers need something and more functional than the And, while MINI be less intent on world than VW, it would still to grow. What to do, what to do?

word leaked that was working on a crossover, the brand’s feared for the worst.

Apparently fearful, MINI has moved cautiously. First it dipped a toe in the with the three-door half-measure as the Cooper Clubman. Essentially a with three inches to the wheelbase and five added to the overhang, the Clubman didn’t to undermine the authenticity of the brand.

But it wasn’t much more than the regular Cooper. with a couple more of legroom the rear seat only warranted a single rear-hinged door. Cargo expanded by about a third, but a more than very still isn’t much.

To expand its reach, MINI a vehicle in which four could travel comfortably. One four real doors. How could this vehicle be, and remain authentically a MINI?

The lifted straight from the of  Navin Johnson: don’t make it 16 inches longer a total of 161.7) and four wider (for a total of also make it a half-foot while keeping the styling as as possible to the original. This fools the eye by maintaining the Cooper’s proportions and enlarges the interior. A height puts the resulting Countryman into crossover in which case you might as also offer all-wheel-drive.

All three dimensions are within an of the Nissan JUKE’s. So while the might be considerably larger a Cooper, and it might be a crossover, still dwarfed by even the “compact” ute. A BMW X3, not exactly for its size, is 21 inches longer, inches wider, and four taller.

A digression on nameplates: time to drop the “Cooper” all models save the two-door. It was when Chrysler tagged a “LeBaron.” It was confusing when tagged everything a “Cutlass.” And confusing when MINI the same with “Cooper.” also confusing when the basic car is given many names, as VW is wont to do, but that’s for review.) The Clubman was little than an additional body so “Cooper Clubman” was okay, but the is an entirely different car. are going to call it a “Countryman” so why not make it official?

When I say in this review, I mean the

Back to the car. The Countryman some cuteness and gains ruggedness, but the differences are a matter of and the car won’t be mistaken for anything but a Same goes for the interior, strongly resembles that in the just larger.

In keeping the brand, the center console a speedometer so ridiculously oversized it can’t be read at a glance rely on the digital speedometer into the conventionally located and a low-mounted row of toggle switches similarly prioritizes form function. Also the same of hard plastic trim looks a bit cheap given the MINI charges. Would materials be un-MINI?

The driving position is different. The being a crossover, you perch higher than in the other Though the windshield is, in the MINI distant and upright and the beltline is high, visibility is good in all The sport seats standard on the S are but comfortable. Their sizable aren’t just there to sporty; they fit snugly and give ground in turns.

no power seat adjustments and a single manual height the tilt of the cushion is not adjustable. A adjustment used to be standard in as lowly as the Hyundai Accent, but it be found in a crossover costing times as much today.

The back seat is split in two by a of rails, to which an optional can be affixed (and which serves no obvious purpose). means there’s no spot for a person, but the cabin is too narrow for across anyway. The specs that there’s hardly legroom than in a Clubman (up 1.5 in back, but down an inch in and so still 3-4 inches short of the compact crossover. Subjectively, the rear seat in the Countryman is more comfortable than in the Clubman and roomier than in the JUKE.

The higher seating position, provides much better support, helps a lot. perks: the Countryman’s second row and reclines.


Cargo volume the second row, 12.2 feet, is more than that in the Cooper. Folding the row increases the volume to 41.3 feet, vs. 24.0 in the Cooper and in the Clubman.

Though still short of the typical compact (X3: 19.4, 56.5), the easily outdoes the JUKE 29.3). Runs to CostCo pose a problem unless one falls for that 65-inch

The Countryman is about 200 pounds than the Clubman and about 400 than the Cooper. In base it nudges under the 3,000 Add a turbocharger, an automatic, and all-wheel-drive, as in the Cooper S Countryman ALL4, and weight increases to a not-so-MINI pounds—about 200 more than the dimensioned JUKE. To motivate extra pounds the Countryman exact same engines as the MINIs. So the 121-horsepower naturally-aspirated four has its work cut out for it, especially if with the six-speed manually-shiftable

The sixty horsepower added by the S’s are most certainly welcome. with them the Countryman a rocket, but acceleration is easily For best results, get the manual

Turbo lag is minimal and, thanks to the all-wheel-drive, torque is absent.

Fuel economy, according to the 23 city, 30 highway. Though not stellar, the lighter JUKE only a bit better (25/30) and the Suzuki SX4 doesn’t do quite as (23/29). If you want much numbers you’re going to to give up all-wheel-drive.

All-wheel-drive can a car’s handling, but not this Instead, the system adds one feature that’s new to the brand: oversteer. Not much of it, but enough to some fun, especially on surfaces, and it’s easily

The interior bits might not all be the but the body itself feels solid when chucking the car tight turns. Especially the standard suspension there’s body lean than in the Cooper, but not too much, and certainly no The steering is quick (if still far go kart quick—banish that and, if not chatty, much direct than the system in the

Hitting a “sport” button up the steering effort, but the resulting is more artificial.

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Put it all together, and small crossover has the taut but character of a MINI, just a higher seating position and a less agility. The Countryman is one of cars that can be precisely with a minimum of thought. You it goes.

The brand’s character been sacrificed in pursuit of a back seat.

Also livable, given the brand’s the Countryman’s ride quality (at with the standard suspension). The body likely permits suspension travel. Though no Lexus, the Countryman generally to absorb bumps rather pound them (and into submission.

So, what’s not to like? This a European car, it would be the To its credit, MINI has priced the only $550 higher the Clubman, all of which can be accounted for in features such as power windows and reclining rear The starting price of $22,350 reasonable, but the options are plentiful and add up.

The tested vehicle checked in at despite being modestly (heated leatherette seats, sunroof, xenons, H/K audio, Checking all of the boxes would add $5,000, and you still wouldn’t a power driver’s seat or an interior. You can save $1,250 by for a clutch, but there’s not a lot of fat otherwise in the vehicle’s $33,500 sticker.

the same boxes on a Nissan and the total comes to only And this number includes nav, and keyless ignition. Add features to the MINI, and the sticker to $35,650. In its defense, the MINI include many features not available on the Nissan, most a two-panel panoramic sunroof.

for these using TrueDelta’s car comparison tool. and the difference to a mere $7,700.

Compared to alternatives, the Countryman’s price much more reasonable. configure a larger but much stylish Volkwagen Tiguan, adjust for remaining feature and it can run up to a grand higher than the Any other Euro ute costs far

Also quite possibly not to reliability, or a lack thereof. don’t have a good here…but they might be better. Based on responses to  Car Reliability Survey. current Cooper is worse average with its first year (2008) but not too far from the with newer cars. How the Countryman, an all-new model,

Time will tell.

The is no MINI Cayenne. With it, the and feel of a MINI has been transferred to a four-door, four-passenger, all-wheel-drive vehicle. If you want a but need to fit four reasonably-sized and a couple of bags into it, is your car.

Just be that it is a European car, a sticker to match.

Brad of Motor City MINI the car. He can be reached at 248-997-7700. HQ  declined the expenses for a car wash.

Karesh operates TrueDelta. an source of automotive reliability and data.

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