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!