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.

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7 comments:

  (619) posted on 10.15.2010

I thought this was released months ago, why is this such a big deal?

  (347) posted on 10.12.2010

If they offered diesels here in the states I would be inclined to include Mini on my shopping list, otherwise no reason.

  (380) posted on 10.8.2010

Most likely a test bed for the rally. Looks good. I’ll have one minus all the stickers.

  (159) posted on 09.29.2010

It’s all about perception. MINI trades on being small (among other things), and if they’d come out with a 4-door hatch instead of the Countryman, people would have complained about how it was just as big as a GTI and what’s the point of MINI being called MINI if they’re cars are the same size as the competition and on and on.

  (515) posted on 08.9.2010

Running it in the WRC alone makes a valid case for Mini making the countryman in the first place. Also, you will be able to purchase a Countryman with the 1.6 turbo and all wheel drive. I’m sure Provide will be more than happy to sell you aftermarket parts to bring your Countryman in line with the Countryman WRC and still remain DOT compliant.

  (534) posted on 07.27.2010

Ya, it really looks rugged but if the engine’s performance is great then that’s no big deal on me.

  (939) posted on 07.23.2010

With that 620HP, who said its just for classy show car.

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