I have chronic deteriorating back problems. The design of the second-generation convertible looks enough like the first that there is little difference to casual observers. Therefore, an owner notification letter will not be issued for this campaign. In 2010, the Countryman received a new centre console and - for the first time - electric window switches mounted in the doors. Minis drive like a go-kart, so if you want a car that looks good and drives easily in any condition, this may be the car for you.
Windshield pillars aren't too wide and are relatively far away, the edges of the hood can be seen by the driver, none of the other pillars is too big, the rear wiper is very effective, and the side mirrors are available with power fold for rare neighborhoods where a Mini is wide. Our exposure was limited, but it looks like all four seats in the Countryman are adult-friendly, even for long trips. Nothing looks out of place nor a cost-cutting measure, the texturing neither fine sand nor fish scales in style, and no sharp edges on mold lines or where pieces meet. And the rear window toggles in the rear doors can be awkward to operate; a dog paw may easily break it off. The optional navigation system is run via two buttons and a small rotary controller just behind the shifter, an arrangement that works better than it sounds.
Occasionally someone would nail a bit of wood to the side, and they once changed the radiator grille, but, fundamentally, it just kept on rolling down the production line, powered by an engine that could trace its roots back to a time when Scotland was off the coast of South Africa. Living in the remote countryside I chose the four-wheel drive version for driving in snow etc. You'll have enough oomph for daily driving around town, but this inline-3 lacks power when you really need it, like when merging onto a highway or accelerating from a stop with a car full of people or cargo. As soon as the front wheels spin faster than the rear wheels, a ball ramp inside the differential forces a small pilot clutch to automatically engage and send torque rearward. The huge speedometer has an orange flower-shape for fuel level that draws the eyes, and audio controls are the bottom. It had 38000 miles on the car and since owning it it has been back in 3 times for components that shouldn't need replacing for the mileage. The Mini Cooper S Countryman features a turbocharged 2.
The Clubman S adds several sportier cues to the exterior, including new brake ducts up front and different wheels. The six-speed automatic adds a neutral-idle control feature that basically shifts the transmission out of gear at a stop when your foot is on the brake pedal. Upholstery is cloth, leather artificial or real or a combination of cloth inserts and leather side bolsters on the seats. However, it can be a little difficult to maneuver your hands around the anchors and attach the straps. The look is eccentric and stylish, from the chrome flip switches for the window to the 2-toned color scheme and symmetrical ovoid patterns that extend to the rear doors, the interior of the Mini Countryman can be considered a lesson in art-deco fashion. The cars were placed on auction on , with proceeds going to to help children affected by the. There isn't a lot in the way of competition to the Countryman, although Nissan's Juke, some Scion products, and Kia's Soul do have similar traits and quirkiness.
It features a bespoke two-tone paint job as well as myriad exterior and interior styling tweaks. The interior, although unique to the Countryman, is easily recognizable as that of a Mini as well. When a German creates something excellent, he does not go home to celebrate with a glass of beer. Of course, the motivation behind all this is the predicted sales that it might achieve. Now, that might ultimately be its major drawback, as the Countryman is not what we'd call a value buy.
You might experience a bit of a learning curve with the Countryman's features, since some settings and functions are buried under multiple menus. New design elements for 2011 include redesigned tail lights an a new rear bumper, plus a revised interior that takes away some of the chrome in favor of more matte black. Apart from wheels, the Countryman S is distinguished by a badge on the side scuttle, the chrome slice that extends from the windshield pillar to the front wheel opening and houses the turn signal repeater. By the end of 2013 the Countryman was 31% of total U. Since the iPhone et al have a stable platform with hardware and software by the same maker it is the only system for Connected initially but we expect it will expand to Droid and others in the future. The car has done 24k, the wheel bearings failed at 20k and the transfer box has just catastrophically failed. And more important, the Countryman still feels like a Mini.
The car looks great but the transmission is still not right. My 2 star rating is for reliability. Turning or braking, or both simultaneously, the Countryman stays planted and doesn't lean sideways or forward. The base Countryman, Countryman S, and John Cooper Works are now available in Classic, Signature, and Iconic trims. Road noise is a problem as well. Brakes work just the same as a Mini Cooper, responding immediately as the pedal begins to move, and you don't need to press it very far to get a high rate of retardation.
The ride is a lot like your average American: a bit soft but very affable. New for 2011 All models have a little more power, fresh styling touches and new wheels. Agility has always been a Mini hallmark, one frequently likened to kart-like handling. The sport package adds 18-inch Turbo Fan wheels, black hood stripes, a rear spoiler and dynamic traction control for more spirited cornering. Both engines require premium gas.