2012 Mini Cooper S Countryman
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Wonderful Buggy

by from Maryland on January 9, 2012

So glad we bought another! We had an ALL 4 2011 and liked it so much we bought another. Worth every penny. Its just the right size for us and handles beautifully. We can not wait to get in it everyday...
So glad we bought another! We had an ALL 4 2011 and liked it so much we bought another. Worth every penny. Its just the right size for us and handles beautifully. We can not wait to get in it everyday day. You will not be sorry if you buy one. Its is not just an everyday car, or SUV, its different and to us that is good! It is a HAPPY car!
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What a great surprise!

by from Gettysburg, PA on March 6, 2016

I started car shopping a few months ago with the intent to purchase a newer Jeep Wrangler, or a Ford F150. I always shop used as I really hate how the value drops through the floor as soon as you driv...
I started car shopping a few months ago with the intent to purchase a newer Jeep Wrangler, or a Ford F150. I always shop used as I really hate how the value drops through the floor as soon as you drive the car off the lot. So I happened by the local Mazda dealership just checking out their used car lot and saw The 2 Mini's sitting in the front. Now I had to laugh as I am 6ft 3in and right around 280, but I have owned 2 Triumph GT6's, so I thought what the heck. So I decided to check out the Cooper S Countryman All4. The salesman came out with the fob and a tag, and told me to go test her out. Let me say, I was completely surprised at all the room! So off I went, and I fell in love on that 1/2 hour test drive. The car is loaded with every option available and to me was beautiful. The performance was excellent even with the 6 speed auto trans. I found myself using the paddle shifters quite a bit just for a bit of added extra fun.So needless to say when I got back to the dealership, I purchased the car. Now its been 3 months into my ownership, and the love has just grown deeper. Driving her takes me back to my days in the Marine Corps, tooling around the NC coast in my GT6, but with much more comfort and refinement. I find myself making excuses just to drive her, and I get the added bonus of the looks I get as people gawk when this really big guy steps out of his really small car. I have taken her somewhat off road, as we have fire trails in our forests, and driven her in our last 2 snow storms, and she handles great. So if you're looking for a great little AWD car that can seat 4 and gets you really good gas milage, then check out a Countryman S, and you may be suprised as I was.
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Most Exciting & Practical MINI Yet

by from San Diego, CA on March 27, 2012

MINI took a gamble with the Countryman because it went against the traditional size that MINIs typically are. But the Countryman is still a small car at only 161 inches long, it's 2 inches shorter tha...
MINI took a gamble with the Countryman because it went against the traditional size that MINIs typically are. But the Countryman is still a small car at only 161 inches long, it's 2 inches shorter than a VW New Beetle, just as long as a Honda Fit, and a foot and half shorter than a 2012 Toyota Corolla! It's slightly higher ride height gives it a Crossover stance. I find the Countryman gives me the best of both worlds with its size with its ability to fit in small parking spaces and road presence among other motorist. The exterior styling is one of the first things you'll notice with this vehicle. It is truly a unique design among the mainly similar looking modern cars on roads today. It's defiantly a head turner; I get a lot of people asking about it when walking to my parked car. The performance aspect is great. The Turbo with the Cooper S trim is a must with the greater weight of the Countryman. The over-boost Sport button is a nice touch when you know you?re going to need a little extra take-off to pass that giant boat of an SUV on the on-ramp to the freeway. Handling is another strong point of the vehicle with the wheels at the far corners of the body it really has some go-kart like feeling. The interior is good with four doors my passengers are very content and comfortable. My MINI has the leather and cloth bucket seats which have great side bolstering and feeling. The dual sunroof is very cool option and when you don?t want the sun beating down on you there?s a nice sun screen that pulls out for each panel. The upgraded sound system is really nice and there are tech features galore with NAV and the MINI connected iPhone App. The only complaint being the center rail storage feature, it?s very limited in its functionality. It could do a lot better with a more traditional system. Overall I?m very satisfied with my purchase and hope to see MINI continue to keep up the great work!
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NEW TO MINI

by from Boston on December 2, 2012

Just over a month into the MINI family and luv it. Never though t i would own let alone luv a car this size but I do. Bar far the most FUN veichle I have ever had. Highly recommend this MINI to anyone...
Just over a month into the MINI family and luv it. Never though t i would own let alone luv a car this size but I do. Bar far the most FUN veichle I have ever had. Highly recommend this MINI to anyone who is considering it. Only advice is to get the S it makes this whole compact SUV/car crossover make sense.
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A very fun little car

by from Takoma Park, MD on February 24, 2013

I still can't believe I am driving a Mini Country. I'm glad I step it up to a 'S'. I love the pickup and handling of the car. I can't ask for a better car for my size, is so roomy and comfortable and ...
I still can't believe I am driving a Mini Country. I'm glad I step it up to a 'S'. I love the pickup and handling of the car. I can't ask for a better car for my size, is so roomy and comfortable and very stable. I love it.
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Just want to jump back in the driver's seat..

by from San Antonio, TX on November 25, 2013

Recently purchased the Countryman S and love everything about the Mini.....everything. I could not ask for a better vehicle. It surpassed every expectation I every had for a car. Can't help but smile ...
Recently purchased the Countryman S and love everything about the Mini.....everything. I could not ask for a better vehicle. It surpassed every expectation I every had for a car. Can't help but smile when ever I think about driving it.
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FUN,FUN

by from Esat coast on November 11, 2013

Been driving the CM for about a year now and still enjoy the ride. I find myself looking for reasons to "go take a drive", I would describe this car as about as much fun you can have in a ride that ha...
Been driving the CM for about a year now and still enjoy the ride. I find myself looking for reasons to "go take a drive", I would describe this car as about as much fun you can have in a ride that has 4 doors, is all wheel drive and has carseats in the back. As most people say it has more useable interior space than one would think. Motor on fellow MINI owners...........
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Most fun in a long time

by from Austin Texas on August 10, 2013

My 2012 S ALL4 Countryman can take all my tool cases and still delivers exceptional performance . I've had an SL500 roadster and ML430 as my last 2 cars and am now hooked on the MINI and won't go back...
My 2012 S ALL4 Countryman can take all my tool cases and still delivers exceptional performance . I've had an SL500 roadster and ML430 as my last 2 cars and am now hooked on the MINI and won't go back. I downshift and surge through the gears just for fun although I initially bought the MINI for the 30MPG. LOVE IT!
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Not just another pretty face.

by from texas on June 5, 2012

I love the way my car handles. At first I didnt think it would be enough power but the S has great pick up speed. For city driving you cant beat it. You can maneuver in and out of traffic with ease. I...
I love the way my car handles. At first I didnt think it would be enough power but the S has great pick up speed. For city driving you cant beat it. You can maneuver in and out of traffic with ease. I can fit two adults in the back seat comfortably.
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My new favorite MINI

by from Ballston Lake, NY on April 5, 2013

This car was a HUGE upgrade from my '04 Cooper. MINI's have come a long way in 9 years. I find the Countryman still has that fun to drive feel, but boy, oh boy, do I love the extra room!!!!!! I am sti...
This car was a HUGE upgrade from my '04 Cooper. MINI's have come a long way in 9 years. I find the Countryman still has that fun to drive feel, but boy, oh boy, do I love the extra room!!!!!! I am still amazed at the amount of cargo I used to cram into my little Cooper, but the Countryman makes it a snap. Best of all, I can actually bring passengers with me now! I bought my Countryman with the All4 system. Bring on the winter weather - I am ready this year! I'm sure you'll read reviews about the center console and hard to use dials and gauges. Since I previously owned a MINI, to me it's not a big deal. I'm already used to looking in the center for everything and I don't find the dials and gauges any more difficult than any other vehicle, once you become accustomed to them. The S turbo is quick and responsive. When you hit the gas, she goes!
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