Feature

The Mini Countryman

What the critics say about the $27,650 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4.

Edmunds Inside Line
Call the new Countryman a “big Mini” and you’ll be “trapped in one of those ‘jumbo shrimp’” oxymorons. Though the brand’s first four-door is taller, wider, and longer than previous Minis, it’s still ultracompact. We prefer this model’s “less frenetic ride.” But it seems unnecessary to trade up from the $22,350 base model to the All4 and its all-wheel-drive system. With other options, this can quickly become a car that costs more than it’s worth.

The New York Times
“Even the company seems a little confused” as to why it’s offering all-wheel drive. That option adds 155 pounds of weight, which costs the Countryman some of the “playful exuberance” you expect from a Mini. The 15.7 inches of extra length is more useful, so the smart-looking front-wheel-drive model should “find its following.” It “comes across as a BMW with a sense of humor.”

The Detroit Bureau
Since BMW handled most of the engineering, it’s no surprise that the 1.6-liter, 184-hp engine, which in the base model delivers 35 mpg on the highway, proves to be “pleasantly peppy.” For potential buyers who’ve been waiting for Mini to offer “something just a wee bit roomier and more practical,” the 2011 Countryman “may be precisely the prescription.”

Recommended

6 outstanding homes built in the 1940s
House
Feature

6 outstanding homes built in the 1940s

The Check-In: 2022's best and worst airports, and more
Airplanes.
Feature

The Check-In: 2022's best and worst airports, and more

The Week contest: Walker robber
A man with a walker.
Feature

The Week contest: Walker robber

Is plant-based meat a failure?
A plantburger.
Briefing

Is plant-based meat a failure?

Most Popular

How low will gas prices go this winter? 3 analyst predictions.
person using gas pump photo
How low can they go?

How low will gas prices go this winter? 3 analyst predictions.

439 Texas churches split from United Methodist Church in widening schism
United Methodist Church
Breaking up is hard to do

439 Texas churches split from United Methodist Church in widening schism

If China invades Taiwan
Xi Jinping.
Briefing

If China invades Taiwan