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When Mini launched its all-new Countryman crossover, we were told that it would only be available with the four-seat configuration here in the United States – two buckets up front, two buckets in back. Now, Mini has confirmed that the rear bench seat option – something that's currently available in other markets – will be available on U.S.-spec Countrymen starting this Fall.

This option is ideal for customers who need the occasional use of a bench seat, whether it be for hauling cargo or having the space for one extra person. (We hate to think of how cramped a Countryman would be with three adults in back.) Expect the bench seat option to show up on order forms starting in September.


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      sethg@mac.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whether you put a person there or a gym bag, it's more useful than that silly rail system.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would only make "sense" to do something like this.
      ericmoondotus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dog approved, now. Still, the wallet cries.
      Kumar
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was behind one the other day. It doesn't look too bad, but the back wheels are tilted inward (cambered?) at a noticeable angle. Is this the thing to do these days to SUVs? I noticed it on a Lexus yesterday too. While it might have some impact on driving dynamics, I imagine the tradeoff to be uneven tire wear.
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great, making it slightly less useless but still FAR overpriced for what you receive.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Darex
        • 3 Years Ago
        LOL!!!!! No GM car available can match a MINI for all-around driving talents (handling, agility, brakes, steering feel, build-quality, and fun). If you've never driven one they you are living in ignorant GM bliss. Once you do, it makes most other cars seem like P.O.S.'s for one reason or another. It raises the bar very high. Your posting is too, too funny!! LOL
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Darex
          You own a Mini, I'd expect you to tout the brand. The Cobalt SS is/was far superior to the Mini (any version) aside from build quality. Even so, Mini's build and material quality isn't that great at ALL so I don't know what you are bragging about.
      Drew
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was highly interested in purchasing a Countryman until I drove it. The interior quality is what I'd expect in a $15k car, not one which costs twice as much. It's definitely a cute car from the outside.
        Darex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Drew
        However, Drew: Driven a $15K car lately? You might revise your comment. There's "cheapISH", and then there's "shockingly cheap".
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Darex
          The interior really isn't that great. I understand you feel the need to protect your brand since you own a Mini yourself, but the interior REALLY is not that great.
      mygoodtiming
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about a shade for the glass roof now? Or a speedometer in front of the driver? Or sound deadening between the engine bay and the passenger compartment? Why is this considered a premium car again, because it's owned by BMW?
        nettsu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mygoodtiming
        the speed does show in the rev counter - it's a digital readout at the bottom (not sure if it's the same for US spec countrymen but I'd expect so)
      Pete K
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank god. This may just make my list now...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good. Rear buckets suck.
      Stephen Walters
      • 2 Years Ago
      About time! Mini sells itself to dog owners on a regular basis. Their mascot is a bull dog! Yet the rear buckets were actually uncomfortable and dangerous for canines if the seats were down. It's actually why I bough my Focus over the countryman. My dog needs to fit, or theirs no deal.
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