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The not so Mini … SUV

The Mini was once a “mini” car, no more, even Mini is getting in on the action of the SUV and AWD segment with their 2017 Mini Countryman.

Evidently the name countryman has demanded a bit of off-road ability, 6.5 inches of ground clearance and an extra 8-inches in length makes this 2017 addition the largest Mini to date. The 2017 version is so new, the only part carried over is a wheel hub cover and now reflects BMW’s X1 styling but of course shorter, by about 6 inches, but still able to demand the premium price.2017_mini_countryman_sideview

The Mini Countryman’s extra eight inches has improved interior room including 5 inches of height to comfortably accommodate four adults on its tweed upholstery. A panoramic glass roof is now standard as is a reversing camera in case your eyes can’t focus on that extra 8 inches. An improved dashboard has been created with changeable coloured LED lights. These surround the touch screen and knob that enables the selection of the different drive modes including the ALL4 all wheel option. The 1.5ltr 3-cylinder engine is capable of 137 horsepower with an average 28 miles per gallon. Front-drive 3-cylinder cars get an optional six-speed automatic gearbox.

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The Cooper S gets a larger 2-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine giving 189 horsepower, 24 mpg and 207 pound-feet of torque. Both engines have the option of a six-speed manual. The rest have 8-speed automatics that can be had in a sports version which comes with steering wheel paddle changers. Now that’s cool for all those budding Sterling Moss drivers. The sport’s launch control feature provides maximum acceleration off the line in case you fancy a good old-fashioned race off from the traffic lights.

 

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