Mini's answer to a crossover
Many may cavil that the Mini Cooper Countryman is the antithesis of what the iconic car maker stands for: a responsive engine, go-kart like handling and an engaging driving experience.
But the truth is that they are just nitpicking. The Countryman can put to shame many cars in its segment, and this lifestyle vehicle will not really count many others as competition.
Of course, when you first looked at it, the Countryman would have you wondering about its identity. Is it a hatchback? Is it a compact SUV? Well, it is actually Mini's answer to a crossover.
Besides, it is the first ever from the Mini stable to have been fully assembled in India.
The Countryman retains the evergreen yet classic looks of the Mini Cooper - which means that it stands out on the road. You realise how striking it is when everyone stares at it from one's steering wheels.
I am sure I was the envy of a lot of them; cool, because that is the privilege of being an auto journalist.
Text: Arup Das, Business Standard
Images courtesy: Mini Cooper