Thursday, 12 May 2016

A Cooper for all ages

We put the Mini Cooper Countryman through its paces  ...

Despite its miniscule origins, the Mini Cooper has, over the past few years, grown exponentially both in stature and status. In fact, word has it that legendary rock gods, and Beatles’ members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison all owned Minis at some point in their lives. The Mini has also been popularised by The Italian Job movies, including the 1969 original film and its successful 2003 remake.

The Mini has evolved over recent years, mainly because of the transfer of ownership from the British Motor Corporation to the BMW Group. While today there is a Mini for almost every occasion and age group, it’s the Countryman that piques our interest.
A Cooper for all ages
It’s like a Mini on steroids, sporting much chunkier proportions than those of its various siblings. The Countryman too comes in different guises, including the Cooper, the Cooper S and the wild, range-topping John Cooper Works (JCW) ALL4.

Despite being labeled an ALL4, the JCW rides lower than other Countryman models and rolls on stunning 18” alloy wheels, while its 4×4 system ensures excellent traction on the road.

The system fairs extremely well on gravel, but the car would struggle off the beaten track due to its compromised ground clearance. But if there is ever a need for speed, the JWC would sprint from 0-100km/h in less than six seconds – that’s just insane.

But unlike most Minis, it’s definitely not a hatchback – but a crossover. It’s the most practical Mini – a perfect car for all ages.

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