One year on - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > Model Specific MINI Forums > MINI Countryman


MINI Countryman MINI Countryman 2010 - Present

Mini2.com is the premier Mini Cooper Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Oct 12th, 2012, 09:41 AM
RobbieA's Avatar
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: South West England
Posts: 102
Local Time: 06:03 AM
England
England One year on

Well, I have had my SD All4 manual for 12 months now and thought I would post my findings with the car.

Overall - A good car with excellent equipment that is easy to use apart from some of the switchgear. A good size for me. lare enough to cope with garden furniture, holidays and trips to the tip (sorry, recycling centre)!

Good- Comfortable seats and driving position with plenty of adjustment. The sat nav, radio, phone and iPod interfaces are easy to use on a daily basis, and with the HK speakers the sound system is very good. I have the load flat floor and the space under the floor is very useful and keeps clutter out of the load area.

OK - The ride could be better over bumps and country lanes (run flat tyres don't help this), handling is good for the type of vehicle. Fuel consumption. I know this is much discussed but while it is not all I might have hoped for I can manage between 46 - 53 mpg depending on my driving style and type of journey so all in all I feel this is ok. Hand break, I am not too sure on this. The handle is fine to use, just gets in the way sometimes. Window switches would be better in the doors but not a real problem.

Not Good - No water temp gage so no idea when the engine has warmed up from a cold start. I have auto headlights but during daytime use it is difficult to tell if they have come on or not as there is no waning light. I find I have to look at the central speedo pointer to try and see if this has illuminated.
The storage space around the cabin is not much use and the cup holders, if used, block access to the lower line of switches. Also, the glove box is too small, as are the sun visors.
The centre rail system is a good idea but rendered useless if, as in my case, you have opted for a five seat configuration together with the media pack as the rail is then reduced in length to almost nothing.

So in summary, a good car which meets my needs and is comfortable, affordable to run and with good performance but a few poor design elements which should not have made it through to production. As as result I would have to mark the car down for this and give it 75 out of 100.
Reply With Quote
Thanks for this post from:
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Oct 12th, 2012, 09:30 PM
MINI2 Premium Member
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Bedfordshire UK
Posts: 112
Local Time: 07:03 AM
United Kingdom Male
Thumbs up

That's a pretty fair assessment, and I think I agree with all the points made. The switchgear is very odd ergonomically. I think the window switches are being moved to the doors shortly on new builds.

Ours is almost a year old now, but is a four seat. As we have a nipper on the way now, it will be interesting to see how it copes with all the added bits & bobs that parents have to carry. The boot is just big enough for a pushchair/carrycot - or whatever the damned things are called - frame when folded, and like you we have the load flat floor giving the little cubby underneath. Not that we'll be able to get at it with the boot full!!

I still have no idea what the 'Sport' button does!! And I much prefer the BMW iDrive system controller to the Mini version.

Current: 2011 X6 40d & 2012 Countryman SD All4
Project: 2005 E46 330Cd M Sport convertible
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Oct 13th, 2012, 07:44 AM
Tigger, Eeyore & Roo's Avatar
Land Rover & Tiger 1200
Offline
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Kernow, near England
Posts: 5,101
Local Time: 07:03 AM
United Kingdom View Tigger, Eeyore & Roo's Hyper Blue & White 1st Gen MINI Cooper S Profile View Tigger, Eeyore & Roo's Classified Ads
Quote: Originally Posted by RobbieA (original)
Not Good - No water temp gage so no idea when the engine has warmed up from a cold start.

They've got away with this serious omission since 2006/7 and I've now idea how!

Mind you, if you've ever driven a car with an oil temperature gauge, you'd be amazed how far the oil temperature lags the water temperature by; compared to the coolant, it takes around 3 times as long for the oil to come up to temperature.

May '04-Feb '07 R50, Feb '07-May '10 R53. Outgrown!
Now Land Rover Freelander 2 (No.2), Triumph Tiger 1200 & Triumph Daytona 1200SE powered
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Oct 13th, 2012, 09:06 AM
mab01uk's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: London
Posts: 5,707
Local Time: 07:03 AM
United Kingdom Male
I have a Mercedes C-Class with no water temp gauge......only if coolant level drops or temp climbs outside normal range the dash display tells you to stop driving and return the car to workshop. I believe the manufacturers think most drivers no longer understand what a proper temp gauge is for.......all part of the general 'dumbing down' of anything practical or technical I guess.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Oct 14th, 2012, 11:27 PM
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 155
Local Time: 06:03 AM
Canada Male
Robbie - Nice review. It would have been nice to see the specs and mileage on your car. Can I assume you have sport suspension with 18" tires regarding the OK ride?

It's funny I never noticed no temp guage before. Very strange indeed!

X6 - Yes, the window switches are suppose to make it over on the doors starting with the 2013 Paceman. I never did get confirmation about the 2013 Countryman but many assume yes.

I just had a 2012 Countryman Cooper S for an extended testdrive plus a used 2008 Clubman Cooper S. Both were 6-spd manuals and I test-drove one after the other.

The sport button really stiffened the steering wheel on the Countryman. Click it on at about 120 km/hr and you'll notice the steering much stiffer and confident. I actually enjoyed it. I could see it making a huge difference the faster you are going. I tried the same thing with the 2008 Clubman S and I really didnt notice much or not to the same degree as the Countryman. Or at least I couldnt feel the difference. Maybe after 5 years of use the mechanism was starting to show some wear and tear.

Nevertheless, I now would check the box for the (canadian) sport package which for $990 gives you the 18" wheels, tires, and sport button.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old Oct 17th, 2012, 01:20 PM
RobbieA's Avatar
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: South West England
Posts: 102
Local Time: 06:03 AM
England
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackhawks (original)
Robbie - Nice review. It would have been nice to see the specs and mileage on your car. Can I assume you have sport suspension with 18" tires regarding the OK ride?

It's funny I never noticed no temp guage before. Very strange indeed!

X6 - Yes, the window switches are suppose to make it over on the doors starting with the 2013 Paceman. I never did get confirmation about the 2013 Countryman but many assume yes.

I just had a 2012 Countryman Cooper S for an extended testdrive plus a used 2008 Clubman Cooper S. Both were 6-spd manuals and I test-drove one after the other.

The sport button really stiffened the steering wheel on the Countryman. Click it on at about 120 km/hr and you'll notice the steering much stiffer and confident. I actually enjoyed it. I could see it making a huge difference the faster you are going. I tried the same thing with the 2008 Clubman S and I really didnt notice much or not to the same degree as the Countryman. Or at least I couldnt feel the difference. Maybe after 5 years of use the mechanism was starting to show some wear and tear.

Nevertheless, I now would check the box for the (canadian) sport package which for $990 gives you the 18" wheels, tires, and sport button.

No, just standard suspension on 17" rims as I was concerned about the optional suspension and larger wheels.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old Oct 28th, 2012, 03:15 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1
Local Time: 01:03 AM
United States
sunvisor

My 2012 has a driver side door visor. Do the 2011's?
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old Oct 29th, 2012, 09:18 AM
RobbieA's Avatar
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: South West England
Posts: 102
Local Time: 06:03 AM
England
Quote: Originally Posted by johnsmcc (original)
My 2012 has a driver side door visor. Do the 2011's?

Unfortunately not. All my previous Mini's did but not the 2011 Countryman but I may try to order one and get it fitted now I know.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

» Hot Topics This Week
Mini Cooper N/A rally build - (94 replies)
Naming your MINI? - (79 replies)
Ok so who has ordered an F56 MCS? - (46 replies)
New Online Magazine for Track Day Enthusiasts - (24 replies)
Standard radio plays MP3? - (21 replies)
» Recent Threads
Convertible S 2009 Roof Broken
Yesterday 09:57 PM
Last post by k3fus
Today 05:45 AM
1 Replies, 91 Views
Plastic Clips on sides of convertible roof broken
Sep 1st, 2012 06:03 PM
by erplore
Last post by danalouise
Today 02:21 AM
3 Replies, 2,313 Views
Britax Duo Plus in R56 Cooper S Hatchback
Dec 15th, 2013 06:34 PM
by ican
Last post by RachelEStewart
Today 12:48 AM
4 Replies, 1,332 Views
Affordable Track Days on Thompson's New Road Course (CT)
Jun 14th, 2014 02:59 PM
Last post by RachelEStewart
Today 12:45 AM
2 Replies, 492 Views
Anyone still got a membership card?
Yesterday 10:49 PM
Last post by zoooooom
Yesterday 10:49 PM
0 Replies, 77 Views
de-cat my miltek or remove resonator?
Aug 18th, 2014 08:52 PM
Last post by ExclusiveWorkshops
Yesterday 10:13 PM
1 Replies, 348 Views
Runflats?!
Aug 9th, 2014 09:29 AM
Last post by mini mai
Yesterday 10:05 PM
15 Replies, 1,885 Views
JCW 17" vs 18" for the track
Sep 1st, 2014 02:19 PM
Last post by ExclusiveWorkshops
Yesterday 10:02 PM
1 Replies, 313 Views
Mini Cooper S - Flat runs to normal?
Jun 20th, 2014 12:45 PM
by emmajsx
Last post by ExclusiveWorkshops
Yesterday 09:55 PM
9 Replies, 1,354 Views
Naming your MINI?
Nov 22nd, 2011 06:02 AM
by wozzauk
Last post by mini mai
Yesterday 09:40 PM
79 Replies, 22,131 Views
Hidden glove box
Yesterday 08:54 PM
by Grumps
Last post by Grumps
Yesterday 08:54 PM
0 Replies, 103 Views
Fog light fitting
Yesterday 07:55 PM
by Grumps
Last post by Grumps
Yesterday 07:55 PM
0 Replies, 109 Views
Odd Logbook
Yesterday 01:49 PM
Last post by fumanchu
Yesterday 06:54 PM
2 Replies, 170 Views
Information about visibility pack
Mar 23rd, 2014 02:13 AM
by olivier
Last post by davidscott
Yesterday 06:48 PM
8 Replies, 1,324 Views
Bulbs behind heater controls
Yesterday 09:43 AM
Last post by k3fus
Yesterday 06:05 PM
1 Replies, 179 Views
Factory JCW thermostat housing
Yesterday 09:39 AM
by nimpy
Last post by Caveman
Yesterday 04:48 PM
1 Replies, 152 Views
Please help me find my MINI!!
Yesterday 04:07 PM
by mazeone
Last post by Caveman
Yesterday 04:37 PM
1 Replies, 157 Views
Mini Button
Yesterday 07:16 AM
Last post by minifan90
Yesterday 07:16 AM
0 Replies, 162 Views
Just bought a EB mini cooper S 2003
Sep 17th, 2014 08:48 PM
Last post by pastytreat
Sep 17th, 2014 10:42 PM
2 Replies, 256 Views
Mini Cooper N/A rally build
Apr 10th, 2012 02:08 PM
Last post by Rally370
Sep 17th, 2014 10:21 PM
94 Replies, 36,098 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 06:03 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2