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.