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Old Feb 19th, 2014, 07:10 PM
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Will it take me to the trailhead?

Hi all!

Looking to your wisdom here. I'm kinda really liking the 2014 Countryman S All4, but I wonder if it will actually take me where I want to go. I live in Seattle and I've seen one parked on my block before, so maybe the owner comes here and reads this and can answer me .

I mostly want to go to the trailhead. So drive on the highway a couple of hours, then get on unpaved WA forest roads (gravel, sand, some mud, some puddles, occasional rocks, you know...), maybe in the snow and ice in the winter, likely in the rain... Will the Countryman get me there and back? Do you have experience with this kind of use?

And I can't seem to find a definitive answer on the ground clearance. The dealership rep measured 7.5" with his tape measure, but edmunds.com says 6.3". There is no official spec that I could find. What do you think?

Thank you for any and all info!
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Old Feb 21st, 2014, 07:53 PM
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You'll kill it, it's not a 4WD, it's a road biased AWD system which is designed to help it get started in slippery conditions, it's not made for the kind of use you would like it for.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2014, 03:36 PM
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Perhaps my description suggests something extraordinary, but the places I go I've seen (and taken) Corollas, Priuses and Golfs go. But I'll kill the Coutryman, eh? So it isn't even as good on a forest road as a regular sedan? That certainly gives pause...
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Old Feb 22nd, 2014, 10:53 PM
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I like mine

I use mine for getting to trail heads. I hauling ski's, bike or a kayak. I've had no problems. I really like this car. Fyi, KiwiRob is a troll who shows up and whines a lot. I am sure he lives in a trailer and drives a yugo.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2014, 04:16 PM
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Quote: Originally Posted by kevin1492 (original)
Fyi, KiwiRob is a troll who shows up and whines a lot. I am sure he lives in a trailer and drives a yugo.

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Old Mar 4th, 2014, 05:01 PM
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United-States Trail Head...........

I know the All-4 is only AWD and not made for hard core stuff....... but if you pull up some videos on YouTube you will see they have an All-4 going through a Mud course of sorts. If your talking like I think you are as per your description of use you should be fine. I would not hesitate to take my Countryman S All-4 to some of the MTB trails we ride but No1 it's still being built in the UK No2 I always ride in my buddies F-250. The wife and I have now a 2009 Mini Hardtop and have had awesome times in it from long trips with great MPG, great handling and braking, low maintenance cost All in a nice quick normally aspirated 1.6 Mini. The Countryman is gonna be great.... cant wait
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Old Mar 4th, 2014, 06:20 PM
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I use a Freelander 2, LR2 for that, get one its perfect for what youre wanting, you can take it into mud/water up to headlamp level no problem, forget the MINI for offroading.
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