MINI Countryman: Not so tiny anymore!
Years later after BMW took over the reins and reinvented the Mini, something changed. Much to the disbelief of the purists, the Mini had grown in size. Finally, with the Countryman, BMW introduced a whole new genre of Minis. The Countryman has won accolades and brickbats around the world, and now it's time for Indians to respond to this new Mini. That's exactly what we are going to do in these pages.
Let's begin with the visuals. If you have ever seen a classic Mini, be it on the TV or on laptops, you will relate to the Countryman as one. Sure, you might feel a bit confused, thanks to its large dimensions, but the resemblance remains. The large bug-eye headlamps and the large grille looks smart, so does the front bumper with those biggish airdams. When you pop the bonnet, you will see a large chunk of metal rise up that looks odd, but gives good access to the engine. In profile, the four doors look out of place on a Mini, but the clean lines are worthy of accolades. While Mini claims this to be a pseudo SUV (yes, it comes with an optional AWD pack), the low-pro tyres are a giveaway of its tarmac dwelling preference. At the back things are simple and the spoiler adds a touch of sportiness. Step inside and it's unmistakably a Mini.