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2011 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 Review – Out and About in the Country

Tuesday May 3rd, 2011 at 10:55 AM
Posted by: gmchan_66

2011 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4
Review by Gary Chan

Pros:

  • Great fuel economy
  • Sure footed all-wheel drive handling
  • Sport mode that really increases responsiveness

Cons:

  • Center rail is intrusive and limits loading options
  • Engine noise from the turbo-4 when accelerating
  • Premium sticker price for a non-premium car

I finally had the opportunity to drive a MINI and this one had 4-doors and all-wheel drive! Boy was this car an attention getter. Wherever I went it garnered comments and stares: my neighbor remarked, “I’m jealous … yours looks more aggressive than mine [2-door Cooper S].” People at church stopped to assess the body and look at the interior, and one kid jumped in and said the interior was “cool”.

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MINI Unveils Countryman Crossover

Tuesday January 26th, 2010 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

MINI Countryman
The MINI grows up.

BMW announced last week that a forth car is going to be added to MINI’s line up in early 2011. The new model is named the Countryman and it will be a crossover with optional all wheel drive. The new model will be the first from MINI that has five-doors.

The Countryman measures 161.3 inches in length and has a wheelbase of 102.2 inches. Compare that to the Mini Cooper’s 141.6 inch length and 97.1 wheelbase. The rather small increase in size means that the new model is not nearly as big as a standard crossover. A Chevy Equinox is almost two-feet longer than the Countryman. Ground clearance is higher than the standard MINI, but don’t expect to do any off-roading.

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