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MINI Countryman Review

June 4, 2015

It’s fake Friday and if you need one final push to get you to the weekend, today’s MINI Countryman review will be right up your street. The Countryman keeps the cheeky appeal we expect from any MINI and adds an element of SUV styling – giving it an exciting edge. Coming up against the likes of the Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti, the MINI Countryman is determined to prove its worth in this competitive class. Let’s see what it’s got to offer – and find out how our flexible MINI finance options can help you get behind the wheel of your own British icon.

Mini Countryman

Original image by NRMA Motoring and Services

Design

Climb inside the cabin and you’ll be impressed by the MINI Countryman’s retro styling. One of this car’s main selling points is its range of customisation options – meaning that, from colour to kit, you can make your MINI your own. It may not have the dinky dimensions of the original MINI hatchback but, thanks to its five door practicality, the Countryman boasts more interior space. For the driver, raised suspension provides a commanding view of the road ahead – while an option of two or three seats in the rear allows you to personalise your MINI according to your need for practicality. You’ll find the 350 litre boot is generous for a MINI – and with the rear seats folded down, this extends to offer a satisfying 1,170 litres of space.

Performance & Handling

MINI is known for producing fun-to-drive cars and the Countryman is no exception. There are plenty of powertrains available with the Countryman, starting with the entry-level MINI Countryman One – which takes 11.9 seconds to get from 0-62mph. If you’re looking for more pulling power, the 187bhp MINI Cooper S reaches 62mph in 7.7 seconds – while the MINI Countryman John Cooper Works manages it in just 7 seconds. There are three diesel options available with the Countryman and both the One D and Cooper D models give you 67 miles to the gallon while emitting just 111g/km of CO2 – making them exempt from annual road tax in the first year and costing just £30 a year thereafter. But if you’re looking for powerful performance coupled with excellent fuel economy, look no further than the Cooper SD. This model accelerates from 0-62mph in under 10 seconds and returns an impressive 61mpg.

Features

If you opt for the basic MINI Countryman One, you’ll get plenty of standard kit for your cash. This entry-level model includes a Bluetooth connection, DAB digital radio, air-conditioning, electric windows, rear parking sensors and heated door mirrors – a welcome addition in the colder months. If you’re looking for a touch more tech, thanks to the Countryman’s vast range of customisation options, there are plenty of features to choose from.

MINI Finance

Mini countryman interior

Original image by Ô tô Bình Dương

If today’s MINI Countryman review has got you excited about getting your hands on a British beauty of your own, we have a range of flexible finance options to help you make that dream a reality. At the Car Loan Warehouse, we’re committed to providing secure finance to suit any budget – meaning the Countryman’s £17,105 entry-level price tag needn’t hold you back. To find out more, head over to our MINI Countryman finance page or check out our online car finance calculator for a quick quote.

 

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.