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2011 Mini Cooper Countryman

By luanpa in | October 3, 2010 | (3) Comments

It feels like we’ve been waiting a decade for the arrival of the 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman, the crossover version of the Mini.

The Countryman will be among a small handful of U.S.-market SUVs that gives you the opportunity to shift your own gears, via the familiar six-speed manual gearbox. Mini’s six-speed automatic transmission is optional and includes paddles shifters. Front-wheel drive is standard, and Mini is estimating acceleration to 60 mph from a standstill in 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 128 mph.

Base versions of the 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman take the normally aspirated version of Mini’s 1.6-liter engine. There’s no Valvetronic or direct injection on this engine, which makes 121 hp at 6,000 rpm and 118 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm.

Inside, the Countryman has four standard bucket seats, though buyers can opt for a rear three-seat bench. Both the rear buckets and the bench can be folded down to expand cargo space from 15.4 cubic feet to 41 cubic feet.  The rear seats also slide fore and aft, increasing legroom as needed in the rear.

Undoubtedly the 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman will be more useful and practical than any Mini to date. But it’s also edging away from the simple bliss of motoring and into traditional BMW price territory. So prepare to spend $30,000-$40,000 on the long-awaited Mini crossover utility vehicle.







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