Extra interior space is emphasized by extra-large windows, with a unique window design behind the C-pillar and the distinctive roofline shape. The Cooper S Countryman comes with the turbocharged 1. These are people that were severely tempted, but bought something that they thought was more practical, not as much fun to drive. Both repairs were covered under warranty. The roof appears to almost hover above the glass of the cabin. I own 4 other vehicles and none give me problems like this Mini has.
That, and our was getting lonely in the funny-looking-hatchbacks-with-turbo-1. Regardless of trim, the 2011-spec engine deploys Valvetronic a valve timing technology borrowed from parent company , direct-injection, and electronically activated oil and water pumps. Dealer options include shelves, but takes up lots of space. We pile our crap in the cargo area. The availablity is limited so if you find one you better buy it because it will be gone when you go back.
The first time, the timing-chain tensioner was leaking. 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. While the 2012 Mini Countryman carries a higher entry price than its competitors, the decision to purchase a Countryman can be reinforced by a long list of standard equipment. In hot sun car gets hot because it never covers completely. Moving forward, this is an area Mini should address. Plastic housing is too wide. For those who need more options to carry their lifestyle activity items, a standard low-profile roof rail system allows owners to add a full? And setting the airplane-throttle-style parking-brake handle causes your hand to bang into the armrest when the latter is fully down.
The large windows and elevated seating provide wide, unimpeded views. Just 4400 miles later, the oil-pump solenoid went on the fritz. The Pirelli Sottozeros that replaced them served admirably the few times we saw snow and allowed us to play. There is no center console in the Countryman, only an innovative Center Rail that accommodates movable storage bins and cupholders. Tester Vehicle from lot has been broken in 10k miles. There's plenty of headroom and legroom for both the front and rear-seat passengers a first for a Mini , although seating is limited to four at a time. That's something we hope Mini will change in the future.
And as in all Minis, you'll find twin exhausts on the S versions, plus vents in the rear wheel arches and a roof spoiler. While we don't have the space to list them all, we can say that many of the standalone options are grouped together in packages. We open the back hatch and reposition our carryon luggage, thankfully without having to use any of our antiquated Tetris strategies. Throw in a Versa-like height for the full measurement visualization. Very good Stereo Harmon Kardon, good Climate control, very peppy engine and feels bigger than it is. While the Countryman is priced higher than its competitors, it should hold better-than-average resale values over time.
If you like frequent visits to the dealer and wasting your time, then this is the car for you. 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. 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. Are not adjustable to slide, like in a Volkswagon or Kia. With 17-inch tires instead of the 18s found on that previous Countryman, this car squealed around the skidpad for 0. On the outside, 17-inch alloy wheels are standard, and the on the inside are 6-way manually adjustable seats, a 3-spoke leather steering wheel and air conditioning. .
It is both longer and taller than its sibling models. Looking past the accumulated dust layers on its flanks, the Countryman S is obviously all Mini. I am a woman and even I know its a travesty to opt for a transmission when buying a motor like this! Few buttons or switches are where you might find them in any other vehicle. Moving to the inside, there are innovative design and function elements throughout. From the moment you walk into our showroom, you'll know our commitment to Customer Service is second to none. Mine new and still problem with delay at 3k 2 months. With more than 11,000 miles on the clock, the car has yet to signal a checkup, and it estimates it will wait another 1300 miles or so before putting in the request.
Luckily, we run into some knowledgeable locals who directed us toward some soft-road trails. The rear air dam functions as a diffuser, guiding the flow of air beneath the rear of the car and optimizing its aerodynamic properties. Approach a corner fast and the Countryman S leans and rolls into it like a drowsy baby elephant. Like the other vehicles in Mini's lineup, the Countryman reaches out to a niche market both in terms of styling and driving dynamics. Novelty meets functionality when it comes to the styling of the 2011 Mini Countryman.