2017 MINI Countryman Cooper Review

2017 MINI Countryman Road Test and Review…

I got along to the Australian launch of the all-new MINI Countryman back in March and came away impressed.

Now, after a week living with the new ‘big’ MINI I am even more prepared to give it a wrap.

The 2017 MINI Countryman is a certainty for my 2017 Car of the Year finalists.

Why? Because the engineers and designers have managed to deliver a truly practical MINI and still managed to keep it looking and feeling the way a MINI should.

Sure, rear visibility isn’t fantastic and the MINI carries a fairly hefty price tag and that’s before the very many optional extras.

However, as far as small SUVs go, well it’s a vehicle that has to be experienced.

I had the keys to the entry-level MINI Countryman, the Cooper, and would be more than happy to have one in the garage myself.

The best bits include the sporty feel on the road, the roomy cabin and the nicely-sized boot.

Those on-road characteristics, in my opinion, aren’t really let down by the 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine.

The ‘baby’ engine in the Countryman range does a better than adequate job of moving the MINI SUV around.

Very good handling, good turning circle, pleasant-enough ride and sporty steering all impress.

The interior also picks up points for generously-sized door pockets and a good-sized glove box.

While you get the traditional MINI switches and the circular infotainment system screen that changes colours depending on drive mode etc.

Really, there isn’t much not to like about the latest MINI model.

Next week I’m piloting the top-spec SD diesel MINI Countryman and will have a full review of that one for you.

In the meantime, as mentioned, take one for a drive - I reckon you will be just as impressed.

NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 MINI Countryman Cooper

Engine: 1.5 litre turbo-petrol producing 100kW/220Nm

Transmission: Six-speed auto

Safety: Not tested

Warranty: Three years

Origin: Netherlands

Price: from $39,990

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