By Al Qalam reporter
No mini has been this large. The Countryman is different in that respect.
It’s at least 20cm longer than before. It’s also 3 cm wider and 13 mm higher and the wheelbase has been extended by 7.5 cm.
In addition to great cabin quality, there is a great deal more space. So, if you had been a Mini owner before, and you now have a family; there’s no reason why you still couldn’t drive a Mini. And it goes without saying that this is a great looking car. The roof bars and sill protectors add to visual appeal and crossover-ness.
With a super appealing exterior one would expect an equally pleasing interior. And the Mini does not disappoint. The boot is 450 litres and 1000 litres with the rear seats down. There are numerous permutations to adjust the seats; leaving one with impressive head and legroom.
The road holding is great and this makes the Countryman a fun car to drive; especially on those weekends away with friends; and indeed on that family holiday in the Drakensberg.
The instrument cluster is based on the BMW’s iDrive system and this car comes with the technological sophistication that you would expect from Mini. It also has, again not surprisingly, a MINI Connected App (which links your phone to your car’s VIN number) and can remind you about meetings and appointments if your calendar is synced.
MINI Cooper Countryman: 3-cylinder petrol engine, capacity: 1, 499 cc, output: 100 kW, maximum torque: 220 N.m
MINI Cooper S Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine, capacity: 1, 998 cc, output: 141 kW, maximum torque: 280 N.m
MINI Cooper D Countryman: 4-cylinder diesel engine, capacity: 1, 995 cc, output: 110 kW, maximum torque: 330 Nm
fuel consumption – 1.4 litres per 100 kilometres.