Originally designed in response to the gas shortage caused by the Suez Crisis, as well as the congestion on British streets, the Mini Mk 1 was one of the smallest vehicles put into production in the 50s — and revolutionized the compact car segment. And while over the years it’s gained a few inches here and there (who among us hasn’t?), the MINI as we know it now is still a leading compact car. Today’s MINIs can be found in a number of shapes, styles, and sizes, and while they all still retain the style and performance MINI is known for, they all serve a different purpose. The biggest MINI available, the MINI Countryman, maintains the same spirit of the vehicles that came before it — maybe even more!
The biggest MINI, the Countryman, was initially released in 2010, with a second generation model coming out in 2017. It does a lot, between being able to tackle tougher roads thanks to its ALL4 all-wheel-drive powertrain, to its spacious interior which makes it the most family friendly of the MINIs, to its classic MINI looks and performance. The biggest MINI ever wasn’t without its detractors, although those most vocal have been the customers, and since its release one out of every three MINIs sold has a Countryman nameplate.
The Countryman refuses to sacrifice power with its larger size, and its proximity to BMW probably has something to do with it. Available with a 6-speed manual transmission, the MINI Countryman still has enough muscle to get you where you’re going with plenty of time to spare. Of course, part of the allure of getting the biggest MINI on the market is in its extra space; its smart and spacious premium interior can easily seat five people. Factor in the 40/20/40 split rear seat, and you have a ton of flexibility regarding what kind of gear you can bring with you on all of your adventures.
Of course, just because it is the biggest MINI, doesn’t mean it has forgotten its roots. The MINI Countryman takes the Mini’s original mission of providing excellent fuel economy one step further, with MINI’s first ever plug-in electric hybrid engine. The Countryman’s eDrive Mode, with three different settings, allows you to choose the most efficient combination between the vehicle’s electric motor or gasoline engine. A regenerative braking system has the capability of recharging your engine as you drive, and the electric motor’s range of approximately 19 km allows for quick and easy commutes while saving on gas as well as minimizing your carbon footprint.
The MINI Cooper Countryman is the biggest MINI available, by a (very small) country mile. It is still a compact vehicle that, thanks to its ergonomic design, contains a surprising amount of space. It is still an industry leader in fuel economy. And being a MINI, it is still capable of an enormous amount of fun. Call MINI Edmonton today, and book a test drive in the new MINI Countryman. It’s a big thing, that comes in just a slightly less-smaller package.