This summer you could hike in Banff, discover fossils in Drumheller, and party at the Stampede– maybe all in the same weekend. But for great summer plans, you’ll need a great vehicle. Something that can fit your friends, cruise down highways, and offer enough comfort to still be enjoyable on long treks. Sounds like a 2019 Mini Countryman!
And what should you bring? A three-day, three-event weekend requires some serious preparation. Luckily, we have researched and reported which vehicle and supplies are essential to your upcoming summer adventures. (Hint: it’s a Mini.)
The Right Vehicle
The 2019 Mini Countryman should be your first choice for a proper summer road trip. With ample cargo space, sophisticated comfort features, and capable drivetrain, you’ll almost never want to turn around.
Featuring a five-door and five-seat cabin, the Countryman offers the most rear passenger legroom of any Mini. Back seats are adjustable by 13 inches and include backrest angle adjustment capabilities. Designed with road trips in mind, the cargo area can hold 1390 liters of road trip luggage with foldable rear seats, and every Countryman comes equipped with roof rails for additional storage. Whether your car is full of luggage or friends, the Countryman promises a comfortable ride.
Regardless of where you’re headed, the Countryman’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system will get you there. By distributing drive power evenly to each wheel, ALL4 keeps you in control of the vehicle in any driving terrain. Paired with a 189 hp 207 lb/ft Twin Power Turbo engine, passing cars and climbing hills is effortless in this vehicle. Opt for the MAX eDrive feature to turn your Countryman electric powered and get even further on each tank. It’s safe to say that the 2019 Countryman offers great comfort, tech, and drivetrain features for your next roadtrip.
For a memorable road trip, you’ll need more than just a great vehicle. Supplies are really what makes the difference between a good trip and great trip.
First, get all the boring (but necessary) stuff out of the way. Ensure your spare tire is equipped and filled, check for your manual, roadside kit, and pen and paper. Check that you have a phone charger, and not just for emergencies–more on this later. Take a look at your tires and inspect for cracks or leaks, and make sure you’ve changed over to summer treads. It never hurts to have some extra cash when you’re in a tough spot, and always let a friend know when you expect to arrive at your destination.
Now for the fun part. Coolers can serve two purposes–keeping water cool for a hydration-conscious driver, and chilling celebratory beverages for after you’ve arrived. Take your well-charged phone, search “Eddie Vedder” or “The Tragically Hip” on Spotify, and really get into your surroundings. Prop-less games like I Spy are strongly recommended, while games including cards or game boards are not. On road trips, getting there is 50% of the fun, so relax and have a great time with your friends while you travel.
Have fun this summer and explore Alberta! If you still have questions about Mini, you can visit this blog post, or ask a pro at Mini Edmonton to book a road test in the 2019 Countryman and experience a perfect road trip car for yourself!