2012 MINI Cooper S Countryman Overview
Always an iconic attention-getter, the 2012 Mini Cooper S Countryman is the largest Mini available and actually boasts some utility as well as sportiness.
Mini added a few high-end options for 2012, including two-tone leather steering wheel, updated wheel choices, digital compass, and available rear bench seat (no cost option over the standard rear bucket seats) that boosts the seating capacity to five.
The spirited Countryman is powered by a 181-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Two transmissions are available: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with paddle shifter. Unlike the base Cooper Countryman, the Cooper S can be ordered with all-wheel-drive. EPA estimated mileage varies between 24-26 mpg city and 26-28 mpg highway, depending on drivetrain choice.
The Cooper S Countryman takes advantage of its wide, low stance with a performance-tuned suspension. It’s a little less nimble than the lighter, shorter 2-door models, but still provides a fun-to-drive experience with an adjustable traction-control that lets the car “slide” a little when pushed hard.
The Cooper S comes with 6-way adjustable sport seats in cloth or leatherette upholstery. Full leather or cloth/leather trim is available. Customers can choose between a variety of interior themes and colors to personalize their car and enhance the Mini’s quirky reputation. Standard interior features include tilt/telescoping steering column, air conditioning, and power windows. Popular options include a power moonroof and parking assist. Fold down the seats to access 41.3 cubic feet of cargo space.
The base AM/FM/CD features satellite radio, HD radio technology, and six speakers. A harmon/kardon premium sound system is available. The Mini stays connected with Bluetooth, iPod adapter, USB port, smartphone integration and navigation on a 6.5-inch display.
Standard safety features include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and seven airbags, including seat-mounted side airbags up front and side-curtain airbags. The IIHS has named the Mini Cooper Countryman a Top Safety Pick.
The 2012 Mini Cooper S Countryman leverages the standard Mini’s rich history and distinctive character while still providing additional utility and function. And the beauty of this car is the nearly unlimited potential for customizing and personalizing. The fact that the Cooper S Countryman is bigger and more useful simply adds to its appeal.