A little while back, we drove the new, second-generation
MINI Countryman up in snowy Oregon and actually put the
British brand’s more off-roading-oriented car to the test.
While no on will mistake this MINI Countryman with the other
famous British off-roader (Land Rover), it actually handled
itself quite well. However, with its newfound love for
muddy stuff and increase in size, is it still a proper MINI. We
think so but don’t take our word for it.
In this latest episode of Carwow, Mat Watson drives the new
MINI Countryman and shows us all of the odd quirks and features
of the new car. First, it’s quite a lot larger than it seems
like a MINI should be. But, that increase in size helps
add some much-needed interior space and practicality. With the
rear seats folded down it’s actually quite capacious. Although,
they can be a bit annoying to operate. The Countryman also
comes with a nice little cushion that turns the trunk into a
bench. How cute.
From the front seat, the MINI Countryman has a quality cabin
that packs some of BMW’s impressive tech into it. However, it’s
not as premium in some areas as it price would suggest, such as
the cheap looking gauges. But there’s a lot of room and nice
When it comes to actually driving the Countryman, it does
actually impress. It feels more nimble that one might expect
and has sharp steering. Its steering is progressive, much like
the new BMW 5 Series. So the more you turn the steering wheel,
the faster the ratio becomes. It’s progressive rather than
variable and that makes it far more natural feeling than any of
BMW’s previous systems.
Overall, Watson claims that, if you’re buying in the segment,
you should shortlist the MINI Countryman. It has some flaws and
it’s pricey but it’s a good car that’s fun to drive.