2015 Mini Cooper Countryman | new car review
Brilliant optional Alpine sound system
Exterior and interior styling can be improved drastically.
Sporting a sizeable grille up front, and a fascia that is very similar to many of its siblings, the designers’ should probably take note that embezzling bits and bobs off a much smaller car and then tweaking them to fill a larger space, just doesn’t work. The 2015 MINI Cooper Countryman is living proof of that.
There’s a very fine line between sticking to tradition and being unimaginative. Sadly, after the seeing the paltry effort on the exterior, I’m forced to believe the latter is true with the 2015 Mini Cooper Countryman. Showing off four proper hinged doors and a boot to accompany, MINI’s stretched hatchback is likely to appeal to those who are adamant about owning a MINI, but are in need of that little extra space.
The optional Alpine sound system provides a significant boost when compared to the standard stereo system. Including an efficient Class D amplifier and separate bass, mid-range speakers and tweeters, in addition to iPod connectivity; audiophiles are sure to be grinning.
What’s on offer?
At the lowest rung of the performance ladder, sits the standard Countryman that spits out 122 horsepower and 160 Nm of torque. The next stop is the Cooper S, that whips out 190 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque while boasting a top speed of 214 km/h. The final stop is the John Cooper Works Edition, which thanks to a twin scroll turbocharger produces a very impressive 218 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque!
The Countryman boast a number of variants. What begins with a price tag of AED 143,000 for the most basic of the lot, escalates all the way to a princely sum of AED 180,000 for the JCW Edition. You’d better have deeper pockets if you want it spec’d out…
|Specifications||2015 MINI Cooper Countryman||2015 MINI Cooper Countryman S||2015 MINI Cooper Countryman JCW|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.6 litre / 4-cyl||1.6 litre turbocharged / 4-cyl||1.6 litre turbocharged / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|122 hp @ 6,000 RPM||190 hp @ 6,500 RPM||218 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|160 Nm @ 4,250 RPM||240 Nm @ 5,000 RPM||300 Nm @ 5,000 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic||6 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||11.6 secs||7.8 secs||6.9 secs|
|Top speed||184 km/h||214 km/h||225 km/h|
|Price||AED 143,000 +||AED 160,000 +||AED 180,000 +|