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2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4 Review

Pint-Sized Station Wagon

A side view of a 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman

In short: A utility-minded, station wagon-like Mini.

After expanding its lineup with diminutive drop-tops like the Mini Cooper Convertible and stubby station wagons like the Clubman, Mini continues to branch out with its latest compact creation, the Mini Cooper Countryman. Looking like a shrunk-down sport utility vehicle, this four-door Mini offers decent cargo room and adequate space for four adults — all in a frame that is still shorter than the Volkswagen Golf's. As the name suggests, Mini imagines the Countryman as a more versatile version of its iconic city car, and while you may not find yourself driving cattle and hauling lumber in this slightly more spacious subcompact, it does work perfectly well for midday getaways and weekend excursions. With the Cooper S Countryman ALL4, Mini takes this winning formula and adds a turbocharger and intelligent all-wheel drive for a quick all-weather vehicle. Look out for the Countryman in the 2011 World Rally Championship series, where the Mini will be testing its mettle on some of the most difficult off-road courses on the planet.

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Warranty/Service: four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty; three-year/36,000-mile maintenance program; twelve-year rust perforation limited warranty; four-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance.

Base Price: $26,950 / As tested: $34,650

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 4-door hatchback

Engine: 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with direct injection
Horsepower: 181 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque:177 lb-ft @ 1,600-5,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Wheelbase: 102.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 161.3/70.4/61.5 in
Turning circle: 38.1 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS; electronic brakeforce distribution; cornering brake control

Suspension: single-joint MacPherson spring strut front; multi-link rear
Traction: dynamic stability control with traction control, brake assist and hill assist

Top Speed: 134 mph
0-60 mph: 7 seconds

EPA City:
25 mpg
EPA Highway: 31 mpg

Likes: cute; somewhat fun to drive

Dislikes: rough ride; could be more refined in the finish; price


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