2011 MINI Cooper S Countryman Overview
New for 2011, the Mini Cooper S Countryman is the more powerful version on the Countryman, and they represent the first entry from Mini into the crossover world.
Under the hood, the Cooper S Countryman is the same as the Cooper S with a 180-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four cylinder engine, which is mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic with auto-manual capability and front-wheel drive. The Cooper S Countryman is the only Mini available with Mini’s optional “All4” all-wheel-drive system and an electronically controlled limited-slip front differential, which makes this Mini one to tackle any conditions. The 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman receives excellent fuel economy at 24-26 mpg in the city and 31-32 mpg on the highway. Competition in the small-crossover segment includes the Volvo XC60 and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Outside, the 2011 Cooper S Countryman is similar in style to the normal Countryman. The look is traditional Mini, but you do get several other exterior features that differentiate the Countryman and Cooper S Countryman from all other Coopers. The front-end is more aggressive, and the Countryman series are the only Minis with two rear doors, which makes getting in and out of the Cooper S Countryman's rear seating a breeze. Roof rails are standard and the color of the roof can be finished in black or white instead of the body color. The Mini Countryman S sits atop either 17-inch wheels with run-flat tires, with optional 18- and 19-inch wheels available. A panoramic moonroof and adaptive xenon headlights round out the available exterior options.
The inside of the 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman is a cut above the other Coopers with its roominess and unique approach. The Cooper S Countryman features sport bucket seats and a Center Rail system consists of two rails that jut out of the center stack in the front and run through the seats in the back, allowing for you to customize it with cup holders and storage bins. The Countryman’s rear bucket seats can recline and slide up to 5.1 inches, and sit in front of the 12.2 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seats, which turns into 41 cubic feet of storage space with them folded. A CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack for your iPod, configurable ambient lighting, and cruise control all come standard, while a premium audio system, navigation system and the Mini Connected integration system are all optional.
Safety is basic on the 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman. Antilock brakes and an electronic stability system help to keep things compsed, while side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows keep occupants safe in a collision. These features all come standard.
Power and utility combine in the efficient, versatile, and sporty, all-new 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman crossover.