• Feb 7, 2011
Autoblog's long-term 2011 Mini Countryman – Click above for high-res image gallery

Last week, we presented you with four different 2011 Mini Countrymen and asked you to vote for the one that you want to see as the newest member of Autoblog's long-term test fleet. The poll is now closed, the votes have been tallied, and we've officially sent in our order form to Mini USA. We'll be adding a True Blue Countryman – option #3 for those of you who voted – to the long-term pool in the coming months.

As much as we'd like to say it was a close race, the truth is, Countryman #3 earned a staggering 7,907 votes – 42.7 percent of the 18,446 total votes. The Oxford Green Countryman (#4) came in second place, earning 24.2 percent of your votes, while the Bright Yellow car (#2) garnered 20.1 percent and the Surf Blue Countryman (#1) brought up the rear with 12.9 percent.

We're looking forward to taking delivery of our 2011 Countryman, complete with the 181-horsepower turbocharged inline-four, a six-speed manual transmission and All4 all-wheel drive. We've also outfitted such amenities as the premium package, sport package with additional sport suspension setup and cold weather package – an absolute must for those of us who live in frigid climates.

We'll be sure to post a formal introduction as soon as the vehicle arrives, and thanks to all who participated in the poll. You can see some screen captures of the winning Countryman in our high-resolution gallery below.




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      • 3 Years Ago
      It's amazing that you can't get the word MINI correct! I guess I'll stick with MotoringFile as my go to MINI source. Morons!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dude, you are the only one who cares about what letters are capitalized in the word Mini.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No Light Coffee=no win.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have owned many cars and no one ever had to explain how to remove the rear head rests of the car in order to lower the rear seats in the many hatchbacks we have owned. You looked at the headrests and they were simple and self-explanatory. Not so with the Countryman. It was not easy when it should have been. See for yourself if you buy one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      YAAAY......now what ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ chris.paukert

      Before making your final decision on your Countryman, I would suggest going to you local MINI dealer and seeing the color in person. The "True Blue" color looks nothing like the picture you have posted. True Blue does in fact, look more like the "Laser Blue" available on the hardtop Cooper S.

      Take it from someone who knows as I have been with MINI for over 8 years now. Nothing worse than ordering a car sight unseen and have it be completely different than what you thought. If you are looking for a darker blue..consider the "Cosmic Blue" as it is very close to what you have posted.

      -Just my .02
      • 3 Years Ago
      We can compare notes as I drive my own Countryman S...

      :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      The dashboard electronics have not changed during the last few years.
      Too difficult to digest all that technology. Buttons too small. Lettering too
      small. Can't read the clock or find the music you want plus other disturbing features.
      We have owned several Mini Coopers but we will never buy another one unless they
      change that quirky dashboard.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bonnet stripes baby!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are you guys getting this as a rental from Mini or are you doing what Insideline does, and buying it?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hi, StickShift %u2013

        Mini has been kind enough to furnish us with this Countryman for a one-year evaluative term, during which we'll pay for the fuel and consumables %u2013 this is the same process that we have employed with our other long-term vehicles. It's also the same process that the overwhelming majority of long-term cars are procured for most of the print magazines %u2013 Consumer Reports excepted %u2013 and if I'm not mistaken, most long-term cars at InsideLine are also automaker loans (though I know they've certainly purchased more than a few vehicles %u2013 including a few neat modern classics).

        I hope this helps answer your question.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool.
      • 3 Years Ago
      those rear qtrs are non linear
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Oxford green was the nicest one imo. Naturally, blue would win, as it's a predominant favorite color for many Americans.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I voted for the blue because I don't think I've ever seen a blue Mini.

        My first choice would have been brown. I would have thought about voting for the green if it hadn't had those disgusting white wheels. Why junk up a classic color with something as tasteless as white wheels?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yep, I voted for that one as well.
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