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2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Photo
8.0
/ 10
On Quality
BASE INVOICE
$19,485
BASE MSRP
$21,650
On Quality
Space is the 2011 MINI Countryman's ally--the back seat is adult-sized, and even the smallish cargo area can hold a few pieces of luggage.
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There's real head and legroom, and the rear seats can be adjusted back and forth to create more space in the boot as required.
Top Gear

Inside, the Countryman feels significantly less cozy than your standard Mini Cooper coupe—driver and passenger bang elbows less often, and the rear seat is a place where adults can sit for longer than a quick trip out to dinner.
Popular Mechanics

...the Countryman delivers adequate legroom without demanding a sacrifice from the folks in front. Again, the floor height had my knees raised a bit, but it was plenty comfortable regardless.
Los Angeles Times

The elevated seating provides a commanding view of the road and excellent all-around visibility.
Inside Line

We're glad that Mini opted to use a standard liftgate on the Countryman as opposed to the dual barn doors on the Clubman. It's better for loading and visibility, not to mention design cleanliness.
Autoblog

The Countryman has two conflicting missions: one one hand, it has to be small enough to appeal to MINI devotees. On the other, it has to be large enough to fit real people and their very real baggage.

It's a success, as much in back as up front. Those fabulous front seats are adjustable in a couple of ways, and have the kind of perennially pleasing shapes that don't require 18-way power adjustment. The bottom cushion's long enough for almost anyone to get a firm grip, and the center console doesn't shear too much leg room.

The Countryman is the biggest MINI--jumbo shrimp, call on line one--but even knowing that, you'll find the back seat's a stunner. Six-footers will find a couple inches of headroom to spare, even with MINI's large sunroof installed. Knee room isn't quite as lavish, but the Countryman seems more spacious than the much bigger Acura ZDX. The seats also slide on rails for better legroom compromises from front to back, and the rear bucket seats tilt back slightly for a relaxed riding position.

The Countryman puts its squeeze on its cargo hold. The Countryman's 12.2 cubic feet of luggage space will barely swallow a couple of water bottles and a camera bag, once you've loaded in a couple of roll-aboards. MINI says there are 40 cubic feet of space when you fold the rear seats forward--which sounds fine, until you realize the new Jeep Grand Cherokee almost has that cargo volume all the time, behind its second-row bench.

Conclusion

Space is the 2011 MINI Countryman's ally--the back seat is adult-sized, and even the smallish cargo area can hold a few pieces of luggage.

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