The Mini crossover
Date Posted: July 3, 2016
By Zack Spencer
The Mini Countryman is the 4-door small SUV or crossover from the Mini brand. It has the same fun-to-drive attitude that buyers from Mini expect and more space for everyday duties. The Countryman is similar to the Mini Paceman crossover.
Mini, as a brand has evolved into new categories, including compact utilities. If there is one thing Mini knows, it’s how to do compact well. The Countryman shares the same platform with the BMW X1, also a compact utility. The Countryman, unlike the Clubman has a higher ride height for better ground clearance.
The Countryman has two turbocharged engines available, a base 1.6L Turbo with 181hp or the John Works version with 208hp. The power goes to all four wheels through either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
The Clubman is rated at 10.1L/100km (26 MPG) in the CITY and 7.8L/100km (32 MPG) on the highway, (when equipped with the turbo 4-cylinder engine)
All Mini models come with funky or quirky interiors depending on you take. There is a large, centre-mounted screen between the front seats, a throwback to the original Mini, which is navigated through a command dial, similar to BMWs iDrive. The screen can be equipped with navigation and a large 8.8-inch screen. The rest of the interior is filled with retro buttons, dials and toggle switches. It might be fun and funky but it isn’t the most logical design. Unlike a regular Mini, this car has 4-doors and a practical hatch, so moving people and stuff around is like any other compact or subcompact crossover.
Safety comes from standard front, side and curtain airbags and standard stability and traction control. The Countryman lacks advanced safety features like Blind spot warning; lane departure warning and forward collision warning with auto braking.
The Countryman starts at roughly $30,000 (US $23,000) and the top JCW version is roughly $39,000 (US $35,000)
The Countryman is a funky take on a practical car or utility. It bends the line between the two categories and for that is a true crossover. Mini always puts handling and the fun-to-drive factor high on priorities and the S model will not disappoint.
The lack of advanced safety systems is surprising since the Mini is made by BMW.
It bends the line between the two categories and for that is a true crossover