In an SUV-hungry market, this Mini looks as the right product at the right time.
The the new generation Countryman is the most spacious Mini offered and marks an important step in expanding the Mini model family.
With the All4, all-wheel driving system, that automatically delivers power to the wheels, the Countyman is a more adaptive vehicle to drive in winter on icy Canadian roads.So, a product, with good chances of success in the premium compact segment.
The design is beautiful. and when I look at the vehicle and its proportions, (which I enjoyed so much) it looks attractive and dynamic.
Not surprisingly, The Countryman is the best-selling Mini in Canada. The all-wheel-drive, four-door Countryman is offered in Cooper S form as well as a high-performance John Cooper Works (JCW) model. Both are powered by 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines. A plug-in hybrid version will follow, which is a first for Mini.
We tested the Cooper S version with 181 horsepower with the optional six-speed manumatic. The Countryman is the first model in the Mini range with four doors and a wide-opening rear lid. With the standard All4 all-wheel-drive system, the engine’s power is distributed seamlessly between the front and rear axles by an electromagnetic centre differential. The All4 system’s control electronics are integrated directly into the management unit of the Dynamic Stability Control system.
The go-cart like driving characteristics of the essential Mini do not exactly exist in this bigger and heavier model, yet it has a dynamic, sporty driving.
The interior has the typical Mini ambiance with toggle switches and the giant, round central display. The “very vertical” A-pillar, a Mini feature helps for a very good forward vision and headroom. The over-years perfected “i-drive” system to navigate the infotainment menus is doubtlessly a great contribution from BMW, the mother company. The seats are comfortable. Also here, you feel the hard, yet ergonomic shells of the German approach is telling about how to build high-quality seating. Sliding and folding rear seats, a high roofline and especially adjustable trunk floor make this vehicle a serious and highly functional compact SUV.
With three drive modes (Sport, Mid and Green) the setups are similar to BMW and help to customize your driving experience.
Once peoples’ car with a character, the Mini as we know today is not a cheap alternative for the masses. Our fully loaded test vehicle has a MSRP of almost 45 grands, including options worth 13 grand. BMW positioned Mini as a premium brand. As my daughter, who is a very experienced driver with a lot of BMW and Mini experience calls, “Mini is a cheaper BMW” which is never a negative definition.
Base MSRP: $31,990
Essentials Package: $1,450
(Panorama sunroof, heated front seats, centre armrest In Rear, Front Fog Lights, Adjustable Rear Seats
Loaded Package: $1,800
(Automatic Trunk, Comfort access, Auto dimming interior mirror, electric sets with driver memory, storage compartment package, automatic climate control)
LED Lights Package: $1,400
(LED foglights & headlights)
Wired Navigation Package: $1,000
(On-board navigaiton, MINI Connected XL, Wired Package)
Style Package: $650
(MINI Your sport leather steering wheel, Chrome line Interior, Chrome Line Exterior, Interior Trim Piano Black)
Cargo Package: $500
(Through loading system, storage compartment package)
Stand Alone Options:
Leather Chester: $2,250
Automatic Transmission: $1,500
Harman Kardon Sound system: $750
Mini All4 Exterior Styling: $500
Mini yours Interior Style Piano Black Illuminated: $250
Mini Head-Up Display: $750
Metallic Paint: $500
Park Distance Control, rear: $500
Test Drivers: Varol McKars, Basak Mc Kars, Burak McKars
Pictures: Varol McKars, , Burak McKars
Test vehicle was provided by BMW Group Canada
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