In sum Even as it upscales its models, Mini maintains its style and excellent handling character with the new 2011 Cooper S Countryman. This is a daily-drivable family-mover, so we can excuse some gearbox laziness. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections. It's as much a car for new buyers as for Mini owners with new friends, a larger dog, or another offspring. Instead, a lackluster turbocharger whine and annoying wind drone permeate the cabin.
Outward visibility is very good. Despite rolling on low-profile rubber 17-inch all-season runflats are standard , the front MacPherson suspension with forged control arms gracefully absorbs the most cavernous of ruts and the rear multi-link setup follows suit. A Sport Mode provides an even firmer steering feel. We stop for a quick rest after our date with the dirt. Walkaround Countryman looks like a Mini on steroids.
The Sport mode button also affects the effort needed to steer, making it unnecessarily heavy because it doesn't add any feel. The lock toggle does not correlate push-down with lock and lift-up for unlock, it just moves the locks to the other position whenever you move the switch. While filming, it shows recording time, battery life and signal strength. As a Cooper S Countryman, this car came with a turbocharged, direct-injection 1. Along with two normal-sized back doors, the Countryman has respectable backseat space in two individual seats capable of sliding 5.
The condition of the exterior, interior and engine can vary depending on the vehicle's history. Throw in a Versa-like height for the full measurement visualization. In a nutshell, Mini set out to build the Countryman because of a large customer base that Mini believes remains untapped — much like did when the Cayenne hit the streets. Details The traction control module is used to add a memory feature to the traction control switch in your vehicle. No changes to the suspension. Over a week of city, freeway, and mountain driving the Cooper S Countryman turned in a respectable 28. Door panel inserts and some control surfaces are available in matching colors or contrasting with the interior.
Yes, it's big — for a Mini — but the overall dimensions are close to that of the , and we've never had trouble putting one of those in a compact-only parking space. McDowell told us that Mini have had many customers come in for a test drive of a Cooper or Clubman, and while they absolutely loved the car, the one reason why they wouldn't sign the papers was because they simply needed more space. According to the company's head of design, Anders Warming, speaking to Auto Express, Mini likes the idea of having a smaller model in its lineup, but it has to figure out a way of actually making it work. It clawed its way along pluckily. Midranges come through muddily, which makes vocals sound uninspired. Under the hood is a 1. The two body styles come in base and S trim levels, with S models turbocharged for more power.
But most people will find it easier to drop an iPod into one of the cup holders in front of the rail. Similarly, its fuel economy is not quite as good. The efficient and powerful engine uses direct injection and a turbo. Show full review Vehicle Overview The Cooper lineup includes both a hardtop and a convertible model. Three center clusters can be had, but if you opt for the upgraded Visual Boost Radio or Visual Boost Radio with Nav, Mini Connected is available. Because of the Countryman's different physical characteristics from the standard Cooper, it is less forgiving in the corners. With that transmission, the Cooper S Countryman is rated at 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.
The all-wheel setup routes power to the ground with impressive skill, keeping us stable, in control, and away from any longhorns. The Countryman's all-wheel-drive system is more about handling than off-road performance. Twenty minutes after touching down, we're gripping a chunky three-spoke wheel and hustling the Austrian-built, ultra-compact crossover on autobahn-smooth roads, surrounded by green, hilly pastures and 1000-pound purebred longhorns. There's plenty of legroom and headroom for rear seat passengers, and the seats can be moved forward or backward, as well as recline or fold forward. Luggage capacity with the adjustable rear seats in the rear-most position is 350 litres but can rise to a maximum of 1170 litres, regardless of which rear seat configuration - a two or three-seat rear set-up - is chosen. Anti-lock brakes and cornering brake control further help with driving confidence and safety. The Countryman's big shift lever gets in the way of the cell phone holder.
. My understanding of it's function it wouldn't make and difference, unless you were revving the engine a lot more on take off - and it would do that to the clutch without the button being on - curious why it matters. In a nutshell, Mini set out to build the Countryman because of a large customer base that Mini believes remains untapped — much like did when the Cayenne hit the streets. Milquetoast test drivers were given an Americano - a watered-down espresso. Cabin tech, however, is middling, with app integration limited to the iPhone. The toggles may be an issue with long fingernails.