When Nike makes an iPod shoe, Simon Cowell starts speaking or when Mini starts making bigger cars
This very un Mini creation is the most in-news British act apart from the World Cup debacle
Its big (not that big, but then, the reference is the tiny Cooper) and it looks soooo ‘wierdo good’
History : Mini did to us, what Leonardo Di Caprio did in Inception : To plant an idea in our minds. An idea of “Small is beautiful”
This “Small is beautiful” Cooper has been Mini’s bread and butter for more than 5 decades and suddenly under the leadership of BMW (the current owners of Mini), they decided to break the box and bring the ‘Countryman’
The Car : It certainly is not small. 5 doors, longer wheelbase, higher ground clearance and the optional 4×4. This car is a result of the diversification Mini has initiated using its Clubman concept
Looks : So Mini , yet not so Cooper. A very intelligent attempt from the designers to distinguish the Countryman from its cousin and at the same time give it some character which reminds you of what it still is.
The front grille is more upright, the headlamps compliment the hood and the tall chin adds character. Rear doors have been included in the big yet compact design very precisely. Surprisingly the lack of shoulder crease or wheel arches makes it look lite and simple
Engine and Transmissions : The family of engines will be shared with the Coopers but the one to watch out for is the 1.6 Litre 4cyl, 184bhp which also has a decent 240lb ft of torque. Add the 4WD and a 6 speed auto / manual transmission and its an awesome package for a car of this dimensions
Interior and Practicality : It has loads of space to play with. Comparable with the BMW X1 (though the X1 is smaller as compared to the X3 , but this is a Mini, so any space more than cramped is good) and the BMW aspect is followed with the new bigger & more functional dash. Added colors and latest gadgets
The car is very road worthy as well. It has space, good engines and the 4WD adds value. A very practical proposition in the VW Golf territory with the Mini functionality
Appeal : Smart, grown up and new! And with Mini confirming its WRC ambitions with the Countryman, the car looks poised to attract people through its heroics on and off the track
Bottomline : A perfect combination of beauty (kind of) with brains. A good practical and capable machine from Mini which can also turn a few heads. Totally fresh n Totally worth buying!!