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Why Everyone’s Talking About the 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman

The new 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman is a care that kickstarts any conversation with its great looks, premium features, and fun ruggedness. And the good things don’t end there. Keep reading to see what everyone is saying about the 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman.

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“The things that made the first-generation Countryman so interesting — a somewhat funky vehicle that is highly individualistic, more intimate and very involving — are pretty much intact with the new model.” – Brian Harper, Driving.

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“BMW’s chassis engineers never seem to tire of “go-kart handling” in the how-to-tune-a-Mini playbook. The new Countryman’s right-now steering response doesn’t really suit the rest of its crossover character. Like a hot hatch, it dives for apexes with the slightest of steering inputs. But beyond this initial enthusiasm, there’s little of the involvement or adjustability that the smaller Minis manage, the driven rear axle still unable to supply much help as the front end runs wide on tight or greasy corners. It handles faster turns with more aplomb, feeling impressively stable and planted.” – Mike Duff, Car and Driver.

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“The new Countryman’s cabin is much roomier than before, giving it some space in the model lineup (no pun intended) from the also-larger Clubman. The front seats give the driver a commanding view out of the cabin, with the high-mounted seats helping to mitigate the van-like driving position of the latest Mini Hardtop. The new optional touchscreen nav (a non-touch version is standard) offers up a high-resolution screen and feels pretty snappy in operation. Although the touchscreen makes it easier to use Apple CarPlay, the system also includes an iDrive-like controller on the center console.” – Christian Seabaugh, Motortrend.

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“Wide door openings mean the rear seats are easy to access, and passengers benefit from an extra 5cm of leg room compared with the previous Countryman. Very tall passengers will also appreciate the extra knee room yielded by the soft indents in the back of the front seats, not to mention the option of having the seats on runners so that they can be moved fore and aft.” – Chris Knapman, The Telegraph.

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The AWD is more useful for Canadians in snow and wet weather, anyway, and there was plenty of moisture on the roads here to prove its abilities. The new system on this generation can shift torque between the axles in just a quarter of a second, which means the driver never notices any change in handling. – Mark Richardson, The Globe and Mail.

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