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New Mini Countryman 2011
February 14, 2011 at 04:05 pm By Susie Middleton | Posted in First Look
MThe new Mini Countryman 2011 has a much meaner, sportier look compared to its cuter chubbier predecessor's. The bigger Countryman aims to broaden the Mini consumer market; it sits at 13cm taller, just over 10cm wider and 5cm longer. But the main problem is, is the market there? Buyers are not used to a larger mini; customers have grown to love the smaller models, such as the Cooper.
For the different more daring facia of the mini there are chrome strips which cover the side vents, a downward sloping roofline and dual exhaust. The countryman has a standard boot, compared to the double doors of the Clubman and the same switchgear and central line-up of the speed-ohmmeter as the rest of the range.
This sportier design is said to leak down to current models and be the new look of future Mini's. The car as standard also comes with a new radiator grille, larger wheel arches and chrome ringed headlights. To see more details visit the official Mini website.
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The interior of the car includes a three seat bench option or two individual seats as a no-cost option, and they slide so you can have more space in the boot or more leg room.
When Business Car Magazine reviewed the performance of the countryman they stated that the 'higher weight and centre of gravity have an impact on the driving experience' saying it loses some of the "go-kart like handling" of some of the hatchbacks. Although it does go from 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds!
As with all manufacturers who have a very standard look, with little variance between the models, buyers are always a little apprehensive towards an unusual model. A prime example is Porsche with their Cayenne, which is now their most popular model.
The car has as standard 16inch wheels but an option of 19 inch wheels will be available, other additional features will include an 'extra-large' panoramic roof, heated windscreen, Bluetooth, Sat Nav and adaptive headlights.
The range includes three petrol and two diesel engines and the price come in a clear cut £16,000.