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If you have always wanted a Mini but your daily driving responsibilities require a more practical vehicle, the 2012 Countryman's four doors, rear liftgate and 41.3 cubic feet of cargo space might be t
If you are looking for a compact SUV with a forgiving, comfortable ride along with cargo space comparable to most midsize SUVs, a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 might be the better choice.
The Mini Cooper's driving dynamics have long been compared to that of a go kart, and while we can technically say the same for the Countryman, we'd compare it more to a go-kart hauling 100-pounds of cargo. Actually, the Countryman weighs about 400 pounds more than the standard-issue Mini Hardtop, so in a related sense it has the same sporty driving dynamics of its siblings – including the razor-sharp steering and crisp handling - but not the same overall agility. The ride quality is a little firm, but we found it comfortable enough for a
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By AllMyCarsIsForeign (OR) on Sunday, May 19, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "a blast to drive, great handling, plenty of room,"
Cons: "ergonomically challenged center console and "rail""
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I've owned this car for almost a year and it still puts a smile on my face every day. You get all the driving fun and around-town convenience of a small hatchback: easy to park, great mileage, and fun in the curves. What is amazing is how spacious it is. Four full-grown adults can actually sit comfortably in this car and not feel crammed in. The trunk is more than enough for your average grocery run or shopping trip. What I still love is the turbo-4 engine and how this thing begs to be taken through some winding roads. If you want the mini experience, but want a bit more room, this is a great choice. I also think it's a great comparison to a GTI if you want a more distinctive exterior design."
By Casty (TX) on Friday, May 17, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Unique design but sacrifices functionality"
Cons: "Uncontrollable steering, uncomfortable interior"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Handles too rough. For the cost of this car - and as it is by BMW - you would expect a much smoother ride, Which it definitely is not. The steering is too hard to control. The interior design is all wrong - no cup or storage space. Mirror sizes are insufficient. A/C vents are improperly placed - they are directly behind the wheel so that your hands freeze before the inside of the car gets remotely cooled down. The sun visors are all too short to perform their function and are too small to attach extenders to. The center armrest is useless - it's too low and hides what little space you have. The center over-sized speedometer is also useless - the speed is also depicted above the steering wheel. The run flat wheels are too sensitive thus rendering them useless. Thoroughly regret the purchase of this vehicle."
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