With a host of electronic goodies like USB connectivity, available Bluetooth, and the new MINI Connected system that controls Pandora and other mobile-audio iPhone apps, the Countryman's checked off most of the critical boxes it needs to appeal to an older, more married, more be-childrened crowd than the Cooperites it's catered to for almost a decade.
The base 2011 MINI Countryman comes with vinyl seats; the center-rail console; pushbutton start; 17-inch wheels; an AM/FM/CD player with HD radio; and an on-board computer. It's priced from $22,350, not including destination. Options include parking sensors; Bluetooth and USB connections; a MINI Connected suite of tech features that connects your car with your electronic devices, and can deliver audio from Pandora, or read your text messages; and a navigation system. The usual MINI catalog of wheels, decals, and Brit-bling come from the brand's dizzyingly deep accessory bin.
Move up to the $25,950 MINI Cooper S Countryman, and along with the turbocharged engine, you'll get a white roof; sport seats; a leather-trimmed steering wheel; and Sirius satellite radio. A Harman Kardon sound system is optional, as is an anti-theft alarm, and your hand-selected choices from the add-on book.
The most expensive Countryman is the Cooper S Countryman ALL4. The $27,650 all-wheel-driven wagon gets standard fog lamps, and the usual options apply.
All versions can be fitted with leather seats; front heated seats; all kinds of chrome or body-color trim; and the panoramic sunroof.