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Mini Cooper 1.6 S Countryman (2011)

by John Ewing,reviewed August 2011

The new Countryman adds an extra dimension, figuratively and literally, to the MINI range.
It’s the first MINI with four doors, a length over four metres and optional all-wheel drive. Being longer, wider and taller, rear occupants fare better for space, and there’s a little more practical load area.

Prices also get a stretch upwards.

The turbo petrol engine is responsive and feels eager to please while the optional six-speed auto delivers prompt shifts. ‘Go-kart’ chassis dynamics and steering, common MINI traits, are retained in Countryman.

Ride on the optional 18” alloys shod with run flat tyres is hard and skittish on anything other than smooth roads. Several ergonomic atrocities in the cabin also earn our disapproval.
Mini Cooper 1.6 S Countryman 2011

For

Spacier, handling

Against

Run flat tyres

Key features

Air conditioning, 17” alloys, CD, Mini centre rail system, electro-mechanical power steering, sports seats, electronic differential lock control

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags, ABS, EBA, EBD, ESC, TCS, cornering brake control, rain-sensing wipers, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters

Car Details

Vehicle make Mini
Vehicle model Cooper 1.6 S Countryman
Vehicle type Small Over $35,000
Year 2011
Price when new $49,850 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 1.6-litre, turbo, direct injection, petrol 4-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.