The 4-door Mini Cooper Countryman is 15 inches longer and half a foot taller than the standard Mini Cooper. It also offers four more inches of rear legroom, a much more viable cargo area and available all-wheel drive. Not quite a crossover, we like to think of the Countryman as an American-sized Cooper.
The care has great performance, a strong durable and reliable car that does not feel like it will fall apart despite the size. Going over any speed bump, sinkhole, etc. feels like you are in a mini military tank. It is great on gas, and cost very little to fill up, but drains gas quicker when placed on sport mode. It is small but has speed. The car tells you exactly how many miles your gas tank has left based on your speed continuously. I love the Harmon/kardon system installed in the car, and the Bluetooth option makes it a lot safer to talk on the phone. Behind the driver and passenger side is a little ledge so you are able to store certain items. You also have the option of XM radio with a paid subscription. Although the car is a small coupe, there is a lot of trunk space. The only complaints I have is the key fob sensor can be a little faulty; at times it will not allow me to unlock the trunk. The other key fob stopped working altogether, ; costing at least 200 dollars to replace. The second issue is the roof of the car seems a bit too low; but that is not something that can be fixed.
They're great, they handle well, and they last for a while.
I thing the car performs really well, it is handling is amazing even a higher (technically illegal speeds) and the wheel does not shake a all like in the Toyota's I have. Gas mileage is pretty great both on the main road and in the city. It is a lot roomier than you think it would be. There are a couple of downsides mostly due to maintenance, but luckily you don't have to do that very often. But because it is imported parts they're more expensive, oil changes are more expensive. And the thing that I wasn't expecting is that mini coopers are apparently to small for spares and so they use a tire called run flats, which are like $150-$200 a tire.
Beautiful and fun sporty car.
Auxiliary water pump goes bad.
Sensitive shift lock assembly, spilled a sweet tea in my car and it ended up being a $1400 repair.
Huge oil leak.
I love this car inside and out, its sporty and zippy and fun. That is what made me buy the car in the first place. Repairs are always expensive, no matter what it is. Also, my two blinkers on my two front doors just popped out and flew off so now there's just wires sticking out there.
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