• May 18, 2010
Mini Countryman prototype undergoing testing – Click above for high-res image gallery

The maxiest Mini is coming in the next few months in the form of the long anticipated Countryman crossover, and BMW has dropped a pile of fresh photos of largely de-swirlied prototypes along with details on the powertrains and trim levels. In Europe, at least, the Countryman will be offered with five engine options, including two diesels.

The trim levels start off with the Mini One and One D, Cooper D and Cooper S. All of those get the latest updated MINI 1.6-liter four-pots with all three gas engines now equipped with BMW's Valvetronic full variable valve control. The top 181 horsepower Cooper S now has the same direct injection system previously used on the John Cooper Works models, but for now there is no full JCW Countryman being offered. American buyers will likely only have access to the gas powered Cooper and Cooper S.

Every Countryman gets a six-speed transmission in either manual or automatic form, and the Countryman is also the first Mini to be offered with all-wheel drive. The system, dubbed ALL4, uses an electromagnetically controlled center differential to distribute up to 100 percent of the drive torque to whichever axle has more grip. The Countryman is also the first Mini to have true four passenger seating and even has an option for a three passenger rear bench seat. The full release is available after the jump.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      a bit of a porker when it comes to acceleration (i was hoping for quicker than a gti, let alone the r32) but it's still under 3,000lbs which is nice. Seating seems very tight for something that's longer than an A3 though, which, while a new mini trademark, is kinda unfortunate.

      oh well, it should be reasonably fun, i guess i was just expecting more... mostly in the way of performance and improved interior space. and yes, i understand the mini is not all about naught to sixty, but a sub 7 second naught to sixty and decent rear seating would have been a nice move on bmw's part.
        • 4 Years Ago
        An A3 is nearly 9" longer than the MINI Countryman. Go away. This is not a VW discussion, and you obviously don't know what you're talking about.

        9" -that's like a whole other class segment!

        • 4 Years Ago
        >> David
        >> 4:16PM (5/18/2010)
        >> An A3 is nearly 9" longer than the MINI Countryman.
        >> Go away. This is not a VW discussion,
        >> and you obviously don't know what you're talking about.
        >>
        >> 9" -that's like a whole other class segment!

        Mini:...........12ft 1.6.....145.6".....- 18"

        ClubMan:........12ft 11......155.0".....-8.8"
        Audi A1.........12ft 11.5....155.5".....-8.3"

        Honda Fit.......13ft 5.6.....161.6".....-2"
        CountryMan:.....13ft 7.8.....163.8" -------------------
        Golf............13ft 9.8.....165.8".....+2"
        A3 wagon........14ft 1.......169".......+5.2"

        Prius...........14ft 7.6.....175.6......+12"
        Jetta wagon.....15ft.........179".......+16"


        David,

        the Golf is 2" longer and the A3 is 5" longer,

        the Honda Fit is 2" shorter
        • 4 Years Ago
        *a bit shorter
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol, alright mate, because it's closer to the gti in length i still shouldnt hope for a bit more power and a usable rear seat. yeah, that's totally unreasonable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        >> David
        >> 4:16PM (5/18/2010)
        >> An A3 is nearly 9" longer than the MINI Countryman.
        >> Go away. This is not a VW discussion,
        >> and you obviously don't know what you're talking about.
        >>
        >> 9" -that's like a whole other class segment!

        Mini: 12ft 1.6 145.6" - 18"

        ClubMan: 12ft 11 155.0" -8.8"
        Audi A1 12ft 11.5 155.5" -8.3"

        Honda Fit 13ft 5.6 161.6" -2"
        CountryMan: 13ft 7.8 163.8" -------------------
        Golf 13ft 9.8 165.8" +2"
        A3 wagon 14ft 1 169" +5.2"

        Prius 14ft 7.6 175.6 +12"
        Jetta wagon 15ft 179" +16"


        David, the Golf is 2" longer and the A3 is 5" longer, the Honda Fit is 2" shorter
        .






      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw this in the metal at the NYC show. Most of my thoughts about it being too big, etc. faded away. It's nothing as porky as the "small" crossovers like RAV4s and CR-Vs. They'll look like Tahoes in comparison. Seeing it there, it seemed most of the criticism is much ado about nothing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they offered diesels here in the states I would be inclined to include Mini on my shopping list, otherwise no reason.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The ALL NEW Mini Countryman! The vague, convoluted answer to a question no one cared to ask."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not really. I asked for a MINI Cooper with greater ground clearance and a nicer interior. I got it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This Aggie can't help but agree with you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't be the only one who think this thing is kinda neat right? I'll never buy one because it's not my kind of car, but I hope it'll be a success for them.

      Never hurt to have more interesting cars around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good point. I consider this a big bag of yuck, and I'm sorry BMW avoid diluting the solid Mini brand image by developing this thing. But I guess sharing the road with them doesn't actually hurt me in any way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I actually like it, and might be interested in one

        I never liked this whole CUV craze, but a Mini-inspired one that's only 2" longer than a Fit and (hopefully) gets decent mileage would definitely be on my list of considerations...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not bad, but I am sure it will be $40k for one, not worth it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These cars are overpriced and soft w/suspension bits. Someone mentioned the novelty factor and I agree; it's completely warn. Reminds me of the whole beetle craze. I always laugh when I see them still on the road; just looking into the driver's eyes you can read their shame & displeasure.
      I was hoping the mini would just go away somewhere and die but with all these new iterations they'll be around for a while still. Sad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought this was released months ago, why is this such a big deal?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks alright I guess. Kind of funny that it's still called "mini" though considering the size.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with David.
        This vehicle is still quite small when compared to the competition...

        No one complains about automotive gigantism in other contexts. (For example, park a new 2010 Accord next to a mid-80's model. Then do it again for every other vehicle that's been around as long.) At least the Mini is staying small relative to the competition, but the Countryman is targeted at a different segment, so obviously the car is going to be larger.

        But don't get your panties in a bunch -- the average American's gut will still probably have difficulty with it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup. Just seems like the Mini is growing too big with the Clubman and now the Countryman. As a brand since it came to the USA it's been slowly departing from their original brand image.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Mini" is just a name, when Saturn was around their cars weren't actually built in or even from Saturn either.

        Shocking, but it's the truth.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do you consider the Suzuki SX4 hatch to be a large car? If not, then you'll be happy to know that this is the exact same size. So, not "mini", but hardly huge either.

        Zamafir, you're mistaken. This car is MUCH shorter than the Audi A3.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Personally I think seeing the driver inside helps give me a sense of scale. It's still REALLY small for a CUV. It looks a lot smaller than the Tiguan, which is tiny. Yeah, it's huge for a mini, but compared to the competition, it's still rather small.

      Kind of like how BMWs are big, fat and porky compared to their ancestors, but they still drive better than any of their competition and are still worthy of the Ultimate Driving Machine title (albeit partially by default because the competition keeps getting bigger and fatter too).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't buy this thing with your money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can that all wheel drive system be dropped into the JCW with the shorter wheelbase?
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