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2012 MINI Cooper Countryman S

2012 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

(0 Stars)  A Mini with the versatility of a crossover.

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Overview
The Mini Cooper Countryman could hardly be described as mini, seating four people with ease and possessing a decent amount of cargo space. And yet it adheres to Mini's philosophy of providing a premium, sporting vehicle at an affordable price. It also looks and drives like a Mini, with the hatchback's quintessential bulldog stance and driving characteristics. It may not handle as crisply as its smaller siblings, but it surpasses most of its crossover competition when it comes to dynamics and the fun-to-drive factor. The Countryman's extra eighteen inches in length, six inches in height, and four inches in width allow for a more family-friendly interior space with a relatively commodious back seat. (The second row is comprised of two buckets straddling a central rail that runs from the center stack to the front of the rear cargo area.) Both the instrument panel and the powertrain options mirror those of other Minis. There is an oversize, center-mounted speedometer--it also houses the screen for the optional navigation system--and numerous toggle and rocker switches for the climate and accessory controls. Both available transmissions have six speeds, and the optional automatic has the ability to shift gears manually using either the lever or steering-wheel-mounted paddles. Engine options are identical to other Minis', with a 121-hp normally aspirated four-cylinder in the base Cooper Countryman and a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter four producing 181 hp in the Cooper S Countryman. The All4 four-wheel-drive system is unique to the Countryman.

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2012 Cooper Countryman S Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 1.6L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline:, 26 MPG city, 32 MPG highway, 29 MPG combined and 360 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
12.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 181 hp @ 5,500 rpm; 192 ft lb of torque @ 1,600 rpm

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'12 MINI S Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Knee Air Bag
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Limited Slip Differential
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
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