The British magazine AutoExpress got behind the wheel of the newMini Countryman and pushed it to its limits. The Countryman is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbocharged engine for the S model. The turbo will take the power from 122hp to 184hp. If you are lucky enough to live in Europe, you can get a few diesel options. A standard model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around 11 seconds, while the S version will hit it in around 8 seconds.
The Countryman will not come standard with all-wheel drive. You will have to bump it up to the S level in order to get that on your Mini. Despite the cars rugged looks, it has MacPherson struts in the front and multilink in the rear, so no off-roading. Sales will begin in 2011.