Gone are the days when we used to enjoy the real pleasure of driving a genuine MINI Cooper or Countryman.
Now, we have to stick to the new politics implied by BMW Group, which follows the current trend of building extremely wide and bulk models. And MINI follows the same idea by now manufacturing extremely wide models, and if the trend keeps on, we will eventually end up driving a genuine MINI SUV.
In fact, the 2017 MINI Countryman is a sort of an SUV, only at smaller scale, the model coming with enormous space inside that would fit a whole living room and family altogether. Even with the new look, the Countryman remains a fun car to drive and destined for family outdoor activities.
The new Countryman is bigger, way to bigger than the previous model, now standing on the BMW`s new UKL architecture and measuring 7.8 inches longer and 1 inch wider. The wheelbase has also received an extra of 2.9 inches. The new chassis automatically makes the interior quite roomy, allowing as well an increased cargo capacity, and enough space for the rear seats to fold down with a 40:20:40 split.
And the video below revealed by CarBuyer magazine highlights the car`s family characteristics. The British carmaker has now understood the need for a genuine family car and acted as such, fitting the new Countryman with plenty of items, gizmos and features destined to satisfy the needs of all family members.
The car`s main highlights remain under the hood, the 2017 MINI Countryman coming with two engines, such as the 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, with 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque in the Cooper Countryman, while the MINI Cooper S Countryman packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, developing 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. Both mills feature a six-speed manual as standard, but can also be had with an automatic transmission as optional.
You can find out more about CarBuyer`s review in the video below!