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2011 MINI Countryman: Safe, Sporty, Fun-To-Drive Four-Seater


2011 MINI Countryman

2011 MINI Countryman

Who doesn’t love a MINI? Ever since the diminutive MINI came out, eager customers have been snapping them up. MINI’s latest new model, the 2011 MINI Countryman, a compact crossover that easily seats four adults, is attracting even more attention – if that’s possible.

It’s about to gain even more visibility.

The NADAguides just named the 2011 MINI Countryman as its NADAguides Car of the Month for June 2011, based, in part, on its fuel efficiency, sporty performance, ample space, styling and safety features that netted the small MINI crossover a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

In fact, the MINI Countryman has helped the brand achieve its best sales month ever in the U.S. and, according to Jim McDowell, vice president MINI USA, “has quickly become a core part of the MINI lineup as the brand’s second-best-selling model.” In May, the crossover sold 1,710 units and 6,720 year-to-date. The Cooper S Hardtop, the brand’s best-selling vehicle, sold 2,775 in May and 12,618 year-to-date.

Power choices

The MINI Countryman isn’t stuck with a single engine choice. Rather, consumers can select from Cooper Countryman’s 124-horsepower four-cylinder, Cooper S Countryman’s 181-horsepower twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder, or Cooper S Countryman ALL4 with the same turbocharged four plus all-wheel drive. As for fuel economy, it’s more than decent – up to an estimated 27 mpg city/35 mpg highway.

Interior, tech and safety

Inside, the MINI Countryman offers both comfort and style: leatherette upholstery, four bucket seats, rear cargo space that’s twice the size of the original MINI hardtop and rear seats that independently fold down for maximum storage.

Standard and optional technology features offer consumers plenty to choose from, including optional active Xenon headlamps, auto-leveling, rain-sensing wipers, heated seats, Harman/Kardon sound system, panoramic sunroof, Bluetooth and USB/iPod adapter, and MINI Connected that allows for navigation and smartphone integration with voice recognition.

The MINI Countryman includes seven airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, cornering brake control, electronic brake force distribution, dynamic stability control, and optional park distance control.

Pricing

What’s the cost for such uniqueness? The base 2011 MINI Countryman starts at $21,650, Countryman S at $25,250 and Countryman S ALL4 at $26,950. All models come with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, four-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance program and three-year/36,000-mile “boot to bonnet” no-cost maintenance program.

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[NADAguides via PR Newswire]

 
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