• Feb 4, 2011
2011 Mini Countryman
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Help pick Autoblog's long-term Mini Countryman – Click each image for high-res version


When we found out that we'd be adding a 2011 Mini Countryman to our long-term test fleet, our editors headed right to the configurator to start building our perfect car. We all agree that we want the turbocharged Countryman S with the automaker's All4 all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission, and we had no problem ticking the boxes for options like the sport, premium and cold weather packs, not to mention the new Mini Connected infotainment system. But when it came to decide on aesthetic things like interior and exterior color schemes, we hit a wall. With hundreds upon hundreds of possible build combinations, we just couldn't agree on one car.

That's where you come in. Our editors have narrowed down our Countryman configurations to four finalists, and we're asking you, our readers, to decide which one will be invited to spend one year with the Autoblog staff. Again, the only differences between these vehicles are purely visual, consisting only of paint, roof, mirror, stripe and wheel colors on the exterior, and seat fabric, main color and accent color on the interior. It's also important to note that the paint colors you see here appear slightly darker in the Mini configurator than they do in real life. Here's the rundown:

  • Countryman #1 – Surf Blue, white roof, white mirrors, no bonnet stripes, 18-inch light silver alloy wheels, polar beige leather interior, carbon black interior accents
  • Countryman #2 – Bright Yellow, black roof, black mirrors, black bonnet stripes, 18-inch dark anthracite alloy wheels, light tobacco cloth/leather interior, carbon black interior accents
  • Countryman #3 – True Blue, white roof, white mirrors, white bonnet stripes, 18-inch light silver alloy wheels, light tobacco cloth/leather interior, polar beige interior accents
  • Countryman #4 – Oxford Green, white roof, white mirrors, 18-inch white alloy wheels, no bonnet stripes, polar beige leather interior, carbon black interior accents

We're leaving the final decision up to all of you. Scroll down to vote in our poll for the Countryman that you want to see as Autoblog's next long-term car. This poll will officially close on Monday, February 7 at 3:00 PM EST, at which point we'll let Mini know which car has the most votes. You can also build your own ideal version at Mini's online Countryman configurator; let us know what you come up with in the comments.

Our long-term Countryman order is in your hands. Choose wisely!




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      • 3 Years Ago
      So, Seahawks, Colts, Saints, or Eagles?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nope Steelers - not Saints.

        Yeah, what what it is - Black and Yellow Black and Yellow Black and Yellow Black and Yellow
        • 3 Years Ago
        its wasn't black and yellow yesterday, haha :-P

        like lil waynes new song, "green and yellow"

        classic BRG FTW!

      • 3 Years Ago
      #4 but add the stripes. Or brown, no stripes, black mirrors and roof.
      • 3 Years Ago
      BRG! BRG!
        • 3 Years Ago
        No doubt, but they're calling it Oxford Green.
      • 3 Years Ago
      2 doesn't look very good
      • 3 Years Ago
      Green is classic understated Mini. Obligatory #4 -BRG Cooper Owner
      • 3 Years Ago
      I sell MINI's at Motor City MINI is Metro-Detroit. The True Blue is an awesome color in person. I haven't seen the Bright Yellow yet, but I'm guessing it's similar to the Liquid Yellow of the past. The Oxford Green looks great in the sunshine, but it almost looks black most of the time, and Surf Blue is the Countryman version of the old Oxygen Blue, love it or hate it. Either way, if you are looking to purchase a Countryman, I would love to help you build it, I am a Motoring Advisor in the Motor City, and if you chose to purchase it from a dealership, I would love to help you out.

      thanks,
      Richard Martinelli
      Motor City MINI
      richard.martinelli@motorcitymini.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      None of them,
      carbon black interior accents .... Srsly? WTF guys... it's not like it's gonna make a difference.

      i suggest such a configuration:

      1. biggest engine available
      2. White van paintjob
      3. steel wheels - no hubcups,
      4. No stripes, no mirrors, no spoilers,
      5. no interior (one bucket seat)


      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been shopping Countrymen for a couple of months. And anyone who has done so will agree with me - MINI has really screwed up the colors on these cars. First, they're from Austria - no previous MINI color has anything to do with the CM. Second, the colors are changers. Bright Yellow - actually more like lime green depending on the light. Pure Red - actually several shades of orange. Non-metalic colors are dull and lifeless, metallics aren't all that metallic. Black, white, dark green, and dark blue come off OK, but all in all they need to fire the colorist and start over.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do the cool thing, don't show up.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd personally take either one or two... but I voted for 3, because I think it'll look best in both California and Michigan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've always wanted a blue car, so I've chosen the #3 for you guys. Living vicariously, don'tcha know!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish #3 would be with carbon black interior but anyways, I hope you guys have fun driving your long term around the country.
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