The new-for-2011 Mini Cooper Countryman is some 15 inches longer, from bumper to bumper, than the diminutive, 12-foot-long 2011 Mini Cooper hatchback.
The five-door Countryman also is 6 inches taller and 4 inches wider than the three-door Mini Cooper hatchback.
The new size creates a roomier back seat area that's unheard of in previous Minis, and cargo space is larger than ever, too.
Still, all models of Mini - even the Countryman - still offer seating for only four people, and the Countryman's US government fuel economy ratings are lower than those for some smaller Mini models.
Text: Ann M Job, AP
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