The Mini Countryman is neither small nor a man of the country, but it is a popular and premium small crossover. What do you need to know before you buy a Mini Countryman? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you everything right here in the Ultimate Buyer’s Guide.
Reaction to the concept of Mini returning to the World Rally Championships where it once reigned supreme with the bulbous Countryman has been somewhat mixed. Here's video proof from Mini that with enough race prep, pigs can fly.
X-Raid's rally team worked up this Mini Countryman to fly over, as well as traverse, the blinding white dunes of Argentina's Fiambala, the vast Atacama Desert and the death-defying descent into Iquique in northern Chile. It's the 2011 Dakar, Mini-style.
Mini let slip a few Countryman pricing details at yesterday's press launch for 2011 models. The big news? The four-door Cooper will start at a base price of $22,350 — only $550 more than the equivalent Clubman. [MotoringFile]
Mini will return to the World Rally Championship next year with this kitted-up Mini Cooper Countryman S, powered by a 1.6-liter DI fourbanger gently massaged by BMW. Expect regular Mini drivers to begin dressing as Paddy Hopkirk for Halloween.
Why this MINI Countryman was hiding in sniper camouflage, we don't know. But, judging by the wacky-haired Chinese hipster kids nonchalantly hanging out around the hidden car, it's got a good chance at taking a few out.