Our Fleet Test Drive: Mini Countryman - 3rd report
19 August 2011
Author: Guy Bird
A reason to test Mini's biggest ever model is to see how much more practical it is. On entry and exit it's a hands-down winner over its Hatch and Clubman stablemates, with a high roofline, easy step-in and large aperture doors.
Luggage space is also enhanced with 350 litres 'seats up' - twice the Hatch's tally and 90 litres more than the Clubman - and expandable to 450 litres if you slide the rear seats forward. Great for most journeys, but to cope with the kit an annual four-up family holiday creates, we've plumped for a short-term roofbox. We'll let you know how we get on in our next instalment.
|Mini Cooper D Countryman (manual)|
|Claimed combined consumption||64.2mpg|
|Our average consumption||42.9mpg|
|Model price range||£16,345-£24,440|
|CO2 (tax) ||115g/km/13%|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£42/£83|
|Boot space (min/max)||350/1170 litres|
|Why we’re running it||To see if it’s a brand extension too far or |
whether Mini can be practical while staying
|Positive||Standout looks, neat interior displays|
|Negative||Looks, size, awkward handbrake|