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Our Fleet Test Drive: Mini Countryman - 3rd report

Date: 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 consumption64.2mpg
Our average consumption42.9mpg
P11D price£19,155
Model price range£16,345-£24,440
CO2 (tax) 115g/km/13%
BIK 20/40% per month£42/£83
Service intervalVariable
Insurancegroup 18E
Warranty3yrs/Unlimited miles
Boot space (min/max)350/1170 litres
Engine size/power1598cc/112hp
Top speed/0-62mph115mph/10.9secs
Why we’re running itTo see if it’s a brand extension too far or
whether Mini can be practical while staying
PositiveStandout looks, neat interior displays
NegativeLooks, size, awkward handbrake