MINI COUNTRYMAN Car Review
Taking the Mini to the Max
When BMW launched the Mini Countryman I told them they should have called it the Mini Maxi.
Lots of critics said it was too big and bulky to be a Mini, but the fact is motorists love it and it now accounts for 1 in every 3 Mini sales worldwide. That’s because despite it’s size it still has the character and the fun driving ability you’d expect in a Mini, just slightly diluted.
You can still throw the Mini Countryman around, depending on which engine you get, but your really need the 1.6 litre turbo Cooper engine to bump up the entertainment factor or the 1.6 or 2 litre diesel - 64mpg if economy is key.
The Mini Countryman also comes with the option of two-wheel or all-wheel drive which comes with a premium price tag but it useful for owners living in the country.
Another plus is you finally get a Mini with the rear seat space for a family of four, and even five at a squeeze. And the luggage space is good by Mini standards and adequate compared to rivals. You also get the totally individual Mini cabin, a trendy mixture of retro and high tech, that puts a smile on your face.
The Countryman is very much for owners looking for a family car with extra character. It will be interesting to see what effect on sales the arrival of the new five door Mini hatch has down the line.
* Full of character but a very different looking Mini * Cool retro cabin * Much needed extra space * Best Buy - 1.6 litre diesel Cooper version with two-wheel drive *