2011 Mini Countryman: Another Turbo to the Rescue
October 07, 2011
It was just yesterday that I was blabbering on about the new turbocharged four-cylinder in our new Ford Explorer. In that case, the extra juice gives the 2.0-liter engine just enough kick to make it feel perfectly adequate in the big crossover.
Last night, it was a different story, sort of. The tiny 1.6-liter engine in our Countryman S also benefits from a turbocharger, but it has far less mass to move around.
The result? It gives the Countryman S strength beyond its size. I'm not talking about a little spurt that makes it feel zippy, but a wave of torque that allows you to slice through traffic in fifth gear without even thinking. I checked several times too. Third gear? Nope, fifth. Now that's some nice power. Makes the "S" version seem worth it in my book.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com