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MINI JCW Countryman reviews

MINI JCW Countryman preview

As we announced on Tuesday, MINI will produce a John Cooper Works Countryman next year.  Many automobile magazines sent writers to Austria to preview the new model.  Here are reviews from several of the major automotive sources:

Auto Express: MINI Countryman JCW [December 14, 2011]

Autoblog: 2012 MINI Countryman Cooper S ALL4 John Cooper Works [December 16, 2011]

Autocar: MINI Countryman JCW on the way [December 13, 2011]

Automobile Magazine: First Drive: 2012 MINI JCW Countryman ALL4 Prototype [December 14, 2011]

Car and Driver: 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman [December 14, 2011]

Classic Driver: Prototype drive in the new JCW MINI Countryman [December 13, 2011] (Google translation from German version)

Motor Trend: First Drive: 2012 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 John Cooper Works Prototype [December 20, 2011]

What Car?: MINI Countryman John Cooper Works review [December 13, 2011]


MINI Coupe reviews

MINI Coupe body structure

The MINI Coupe officially launched on October 1st.  Today we bring you the most comprehensive list of the major automotive magazine and website reviews of the new MINI Coupe.  Browse the list and read the reviews from the sources you trust most.

Auto Express: MINI Coupe JCW Driven [June 2011]

Auto Spectator: 2012 Mini Coupé (Cooper, SD, S, John Cooper Works) Review – Pictures, features, specs [September 19, 2011]

Auto123.com: 2012 MINI Cooper Coupé First Impressions [September 12, 2011]

Autoblog: Quick Spin: 2012 Mini John Cooper Works Coupe [w/video] [June 14, 2011]

Autoblog: 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe gets up close and personal [June 20, 2011]

Autocar: Mini Coupe Cooper S review [June 6, 2011]

Autocar: Mini Coupe revealed [September 13, 2011]

Automobile: First Drive: 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works [June 9, 2011]

Autonet.ca: 2012 MINI Coupe [September 16, 2011]

AutoWeek: 2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe, an AW Flash Drive Car Review [June 7, 2011]

CAR: Mini Coupe JCW (2011) CAR review [September 2, 2011]

Car and Driver: 2012 Mini John Cooper Works Coupe – Prototype Drive [June 2011]

CNET Reviews: Mini Cooper Coupe, the newest Mini (photos) [September 13, 2011]

Edmunds: 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe [Undated]

Edmunds: 2012 Mini Coupe John Cooper Works Road Test  [Undated]

evo: Driven: Mini John Cooper Works Coupe [September 2011]

Kelley Blue Book: 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe First Drive [September 28, 2011]

National Post: Posted Driving: Preview: 2012 Mini Coupe [September 15, 2011]

PistonHeads: Driven: MINI Coupe [September 20, 2011]

Road & Track: 2012 Mini Coupe – Driving Impressions [June 8, 2011]

The Telegraph: MINI Coupé review [September 7, 2011]

Top Gear: Mini (finally) reveals the Coupe [June 21, 2011]

What Car?: Mini Coupe Cooper SD review [September 1, 2011]

Winding Road: Driven: 2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe [September 28, 2011]


Automobile: 2011 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 review

2011 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4
This review by Automobile seems late in coming, with the MINI Countryman out for several months now and winter being over.  The article actually contains four reviews by four different editors.  Of course there were mixed opinions: some loved the small SUV and some wondered if MINI went too far.

It doesn’t take a marketing genius to recognize the inherent risk in adding a crossover to a brand called “Mini.” Indeed, a high-riding, Austrian-built four-wheel-drive vehicle sounds like a quick and easy way to pour a decade’s worth of brand equity down the drain. However, the Countryman is a triumph of strong execution over questionable judgment, which is a fancy way of saying it’s really nice.

Read the Automobile article REVIEWS: 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4.


MINI JCW vs. Citroën DS3 Racing vs. Renaultsport Clio

MINI JCW vs. Citroën DS3 Racing vs. Renaultsport Clio

Nearly a year ago, Auto Express compared the MINI Cooper S vs. Citroën DS3 vs. Alfa Romeo MiTo.  Now they have another three-way comparison, this time with more performance-oriented models: MINI JCW, Citroën DS3 Racing, and the Renaultsport Clio.

Is Citroen about to gate crash the hot supermini market? Until now, two cars have ruled supreme here, but the French company is aiming to get back on track with its new DS3 Racing. And you can’t argue with its credentials.

The newcomer was developed by the team of engineers responsible for powering Sebastien Loeb to a record-breaking seven consecutive World Rally Championship crowns. And it uses the same engine as one of the finest exponents of the hot hatch art: the MINI John Cooper Works. With tuned suspension, in-your-face looks and a limited run of only 200 cars destined for the UK, the DS3 Racing looks set to take the chequered flag in this test. Or does it? Keeping the Citroen honest is another French model with a proven motorsport pedigree.

The Renaultsport Clio 200 is our current class champion, and mixes frantic performance with attractive prices and pin-sharp handling. Add the optional Cup Chassis pack, and it’s sure to give the DS3 something to think about.

So will the MINI John Cooper Works. The go-faster version of the legendary baby Brit is a former Auto Express award winner, and delivers a familiar combination of retro style and cutting-edge technology. Which one will win the hot hatch match-up of the year…?

Find out the results of the comparison at Citroen DS3 Racing vs rivals.


Consumer Reports: MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 Consumer Reports Cars Blog reviewed the new MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4:

I picked up our new Mini Countryman and delivered it to the test track earlier this week, and frankly came away not quite ready to give up the keys. The largest Mini yet seems a little more grown up than previous Minis on the inside too, and not just in terms of size. Revised audio and climate controls are a little less quirky than previous models, and the ride feels slightly more compliant. But fear not, Mini faithful. The Countryman remains true to the Mini DNA, with familiar styling and an enjoyable driving experience.

The author goes on to give some details of the MINI Countryman and wonders if it is too expensive.

Read the article Just in: Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4.


Car and Driver: Countryman Short Take Road Test

2011 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4

Car and Driver just published their Short Take Road Test on the MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4.  They were moderately impressed:

Mini’s Countryman defies easy categorization. It’s too small for an SUV, too large for a Mini. It’s a big Mini, possibly a Medium. Mini doesn’t call it the Medium but doesn’t seem to want to call it the Countryman, either. “Countryman” appears nowhere on the outside of the thing, and the official ­designation is Mini Cooper Countryman, as though Countryman were merely a variation on the Cooper, like the Clubman.

The full article will appear in the February 2011 issue of Car and Driver.

Read the article “2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 – Short Take Road Test“.


Automobile: 2011 MINI Cooper S Countryman review

MINI Cooper Countryman

Automobile magazine just published its First Drive review of the forthcoming MINI Countryman.

The fourth of six anticipated Mini bodystyles arrives for 2011. The Cooper Countryman is the first — but probably not the last — Mini with four doors, four real seats, a four-cylinder engine consistent with tradition, and (optional) four-wheel drive. Don’t think of it so much as yet another run-of-the-mill crossover but more of a high-spirited wagon with enhanced mobility. Unlike fellow made-in-England Minis, this one is manufactured in Graz, Austria by Magna Steyr using a unique (read NOT a BMW X1 or X3) platform.

Read the article First Drive: 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman.


MINI Countryman vs. Nissan Juke

Auto Express has a review of the MINI Countryman against what they call the Countryman’s “closest rival”, the Nissan Juke.  Here’s some of what they say about the MINI Countryman:

Rounded-off square lights are designed to make the face more masculine, and blend with chunky looks and an aggressive take on the car’s grille.

However, next to the Nissan, the Countryman looks the more ordinary. The Juke’s eye-catching front end, coupé-like roofline and swollen wheelarches won’t be to everyone’s taste, but will appeal to those after something unique.

Likewise, MINI believes there are plenty of buyers who have outgrown the regular MINI and who want something bigger like the Countryman. Blown in every dimension from the standard car, the interior is now roomy enough to carry four adults in comfort. Compared to the Juke, which suffers from a lack of rear headroom, the MINI feels like a limousine, and the sliding rear seats only improve matters.

Read the article MINI Countryman vs Nissan Juke.


Auto Express: MINI Countryman driven

MINI Countryman driven

The professionals at Auto Express test-drove the forthcoming MINI Cooper S Countryman and have published their impressions.

The supersized Countryman has well and truly busted the confines of its name – breaking with 50-years of tradition by adding four proper doors and a useful boot to a small concept that dates back to the 1960s…

Stretching past four-metres in length and offering four-wheel-drive, the big question is this…

Can it keep that essential MINI quality: driving fun?

The answer appears to be Yes.  They liked the lack of corner roll, acceleration, fuel efficiency, and improved interior.

Read the article MINI Countryman driven.