Today retro is in fashion, there is no doubt this. What we see in the decoration of homes, on motorcycles with the Scooters restored or the style “Cafe Racer” and also in the car. The Fiat 500 was revived a few years ago and its success is far from any issue, the british brand MINI came with updated products and also triumphs, whatwhy not exploit it? Fiat, for its part, expanded the range 500 to the 500X and 500L, while MINI created models such as the 5-door, Clubman or Countryman.
Today, in the Present Engine, we put ourselves at the controls of the MINI Countryman Cooper D. Probably the car brand least “mini” of all the history of the brand, but the mix of that aesthetic, and traditional details with the robustness and the great habitability have managed to create a product round, making it the car more practical in the range. All this, in addition, backed by the success of BMW Group, to whom it belongs, the british firm.
Is the second generation of the MINI Countryman, so that the differences to its predecessor are much beyond minor cosmetic changes. The new Countryman grows significantly. Its outer dimensions are 4,30 metres long, 1,82 width, and 1.56 high, implying a growth of nothing less than 20 cm in length and 3 cm in width. Its wheelbase also increased to 2,67 metres.
Very robust and large, but very MINI
The MINI Countryman is already not bring the headlamps main fully circular that we saw before. Despite the fact that maintains that essence, now you have some ways that are more oval with lines nearly straight. In addition, your lighting is Full LED. In the hood, in addition to the black stripes of decoration, which cost 125 euros, see ribbing that add a lot of character to their aesthetic. The main grille is large and we found a lot of plastic surface color black in all of the bumper to increase the robustness of vision.
These protections lower the color black is also seen in the side sill and in the wheel arches. Our test unit has some wheels optional 19-inch in the gray tone that cost a whopping € 2,500, but that will feel like a glove. The side view allows us to better appreciate their body bittern with the roof in gloss black combined with the color chestnut. Also of note are the short overhangs and the rails of the roof.
We rear where we receive a design’s less risky and different from that of his predecessor. The pilots are now placed in a more upright position and the shape of the gate seems to us to be integrated better than before, in addition to earning surface which always helps at the time of loading or unloading the trunk. In the lower part of the bumper continues to be the protections.
If out is the MINI bigger than the story, there was no doubt that inside would also be the car is the most spacious of the mark. Accustomed to the three doors and four seats, this Countryman looks like a mansion in comparison with the 3 and 5 doors.
seats, front are spacious for people of almost any size, but the great advantages of this MINI Countryman are in the second row of seats. Five adults would not be comfortable, but they can pose a trip four adults and a child; so you can drive up to five adults on paths not very long. The space for head and legs is good, being more just the dimension of width.
rear seats can count on, as in our case, with adjustment in the inclination of the backrest, and also with longitudinal shift of 13 cm. This brings flexibility and confort, since we can set it up at our whim increasing the cargo space or the habitability in function of the needs of each moment.
Since we have spoken of the cargo space, let’s go to the trunk. The unit tests account with opening and closing electrical with the push of a button. The maximum capacity of the trunk is 450 liters, increasing this volume anything less than 100 litres compared with its predecessor. If you folded down the second row the space is extended to a 1.390-liter.
High-quality interior and customization options
One of the features of this brand is the great customization both to the interior as for the exterior, something that does not pass unnoticed in the Countryman and has been used considerably in our car test. The unit-tested is full of optional finding, among others, the package John Cooper Works interior with leather seats in “Carbon Black”, electric seats with heating, upholstered in Alcantara for the doors, the packet Wired or a sound system Harman/Kardon valued at 850 euros of very high quality. As we say, among many others.
But focusing on the design itself, its interior is very “of the house”. After the sports steering wheel, comfortable, attractive, and in very vertical, we have clocks rev counter and speed, which, to tell the truth your display is not the most practical of the market precisely. The screen for the travel information is quite contained. Luckily we have a Head-up Display that costs 600 euros.
In the middle area of the dashboard we have the main screen framed in a ring, which reminds us the old way of speedometers in the british brand that there were located. Through it and a switch on the centre tunnel, we manage the majority of systems of the car, including the browser as “Professional”. image quality and touch response is high but, to our taste, there would have been more that was a few inches higher. Below it are the controls for the air conditioning and, below, the typical boutonniere for the style of combat aircraft, including the start button in red color.
perceived quality in the passenger compartment of this MINI Countryman Cooper D is very high, above the level we expected. Yes, although it is a MINI and despite the fact that already brings numerous gaps where empty our pockets, we would have liked some more with a larger size.
For the moment, the movement between 136 and 231 HP
The MINI Countryman is available with six engines different. The range on the diesel is formed by the versions Cooper D and Cooper SD, that develops 150 and 190 HP, and can be associated with front-wheel drive or total ALL4. In petrol we have the Cooper, the Cooper S and the sporty John Cooper Works, that delivered 136, 192 and 231 HP respectively. The most powerful is associated necessarily to the all-wheel-drive. There is also a site for a plug-in hybrid, the Cooper S And Countryman of 224 HP.
MINI Countryman Cooper D, 2-liter diesel 150 HP
As we have already mentioned, we test the MINI Countryman Cooper D. This version uses a motor 2.0 diesel with 4-cylinder, dual overhead camshafts, 16 valves and variable geometry turbocharger. Develops a power of 150 HP, while its maximum torque is 330 Nm and is available from 1,750 rpm. According to the data offered by the brand, this version can make the 0 to 100 in 8.9 seconds, reaching a top speed of 208 km/h. While both the mixed-use approved is 4.3 liters.
the time Comes to tighten the clutch and press the red button type located in the lower part of the center console. The 2-liter 150 HP comes to life. We first, release the electric parking brake and to run. In the first bars leaves notice the noise and sheepishly the vibrations of the propeller diesel though, in a few minutes, when you take your temperature disappears.
energy delivery is blunt, especially from some 1,600 rpm; has kick. Your way of delivering the power we have been reminded of the engines of some years ago, with a minimum lag but beating strong; and that the developments of its manual change of six marches are something long. In this sense, it does not appear that we are at a car ton and a half.
With only a few kilometers highway we have already been able to do to the idea that the MINI Countryman Cooper D, despite its weight, shape and the large wheels with measures 225/45 19, it is not a car you thirsty. To rhythms of 120 km/h complies with a consumption of 5.3 liters; while in the total of our test consumption mixed has been 5.9, which is quite good. In addition, your suspension adaptive filters very well the irregularities of the roads even bringing tires so low profile. He was also good soundproofing, which only leaves to get something rolling noise to the occupants.
Prior to testing it, we had the feeling that it would not be a car’s agile and wouldn’t keep that behavior as direct of the 3 doors. While it is not as dynamic, the direction, the feel of the change and the response of the engine give us more sensations sports that the majority of models on the market (not counting the sport versions). Not it will be as playful as the Mini, but your step-by curve may be high, transmitting a lot of confidence to the driver. Yes, we have needed some adaptation to effectively control the braking by the touch of your pedal.
direct address helps us to feel comfortable in the city, but here (because of speed humps, bumps and sewers) you will notice the tare firm suspension and low profile tires which, to make matters worse, they are runflat. The rear view camera and the great quality of the main screen will help us to maneuver, but we must also say that the visibility outside mirrors is not as good as we would like. In this sense, has in its favor the thin pillars and large glass area of the body.
doyou Can escape the asphalt? Yes, but don’t go much more beyond what you would do with any other car. The free height to the soil is greater than that of a kind of tourism that does not belong to the SUV segment, but not for many centimeters. Remember that your battle has grown significantly, so that you’ll be able to play with the belly. We do not have all-wheel-drive (on this drive), and your tires also invite you to make the life more beyond of a road in good condition.
Despite the fact that the Countryman has little in dimensions with the MINI common, has not lost neither the dynamism nor the main lines of design. What continues truly with the philosophy of MINI? It all depends on your tastes. In any case, there is no doubt that it is the car more versatile and, therefore, more logical of the british brand. Yes, our unit has a price roza 48,000 euros, so that it is out of logic to buy it with so many optional.
- MINI Connected
- mirror Housings in body color
- longitudinal Rails for roof rack roof
- Headlights Full LED
- fog lights LED
- Seat-front passenger with height adjustment
- alloy Wheels in 16-inch
- Wheel screw anti-theft
- Kit tire repair
- Kit smoker
- emergency Call intelligent
- Climate control
- multifunction steering Wheel
- cruise Control with braking function automatic
- sport Seats in the squares front
- Performance Control
- alloy Wheels of 17 inches
John Cooper Works
- distance Control rear parking
- rear Spoiler
- sport Seats John Cooper Works
- Access comfort
- sport Suspension
- Interior fabric carbon black
- Wheels in 18 inches
Prices MINI Countryman
|1.5 136 HP||Front||Manual 6v||Cooper||27.800 €|
|1.5 136 HP||4×4||Manual 6v||Cooper ALL4||to €30,000|
|2.0 150 CV||Front||Manual 6v||Cooper D||to €30,000|
|2.0 150 CV||4×4||Manual 6v||Cooper D ALL4||32.200 €|
|2.0 192 HP||Front||Manual 6v||Cooper S||31.500 €|
|2.0 192 HP||4×4||Manual 6v||Cooper S ALL4||33.700 €|
|2.0 231 CV||4×4||Manual 6v||John Cooper Works||38.700 €|
|1.5 136 HP||Front||Automatic 6v||Cooper||29.600 €|
|1.5 136 HP||4×4||Automatic 6v||Cooper ALL4||31.800 €|
|2.0 150 CV||Front||Automatic 8v||Cooper D||31.950 €|
|2.0 150 CV||4×4||Automatic 8v||Cooper D ALL4||34.150 €|
|2.0 192 HP||Front||Automatic 6v||Cooper S||33.450 €|
|2.0 192 HP||4×4||Automatic 6v||Cooper S ALL4||35.650 €|
|2.0 190 HP||Front||Automatic 8v||Cooper SD||35.400 €|
|2.0 190 HP||4×4||Automatic 8v||Cooper SD ALL4||37.600 €|
|Hybrid 224 HP||4×4||Automatic 6V||Cooper S AND ALL4||37.600 €|
the Opinion of the editor
- Aesthetic robust but keeping philosophy MINI
- dynamic Behaviour
- Livability and modularity
- Visibility in the exterior mirrors
- Something dry in the city
Gallery of images of the MINI Countryman