I Said I Want Sport! - 2011 Mini Countryman Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Mini Countryman: I Said I Want Sport!

May 19, 2011

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Scott has already told you that you gotta press the Countryman's Sport button. And I'd like to reiterate that you have to press that Sport button every damn time you get into the car. The same goes for our long-term BMW 5 Series and the rest of Munich's finest with these silly multi drive settings.

I don't know why BMW defaults to normal/lame/annoying mode every time you start the car. I think it has something to do with fuel economy. But if I want Sport disengaged, I'll do the disengaging thank you. Besides, this is a freakin' "Ultimate Driving Machine," or rather the tiny British version of one. Why the hell is defaulting to suck mode?

The flip side of this is Audi. I drove the new A7 last weekend and the thing stayed in Dynamic mode every time I started the car. Apparently, Audi trusts that I really do want to continuously be dynamic with my driving and prefer to keep "Comfort" or normal to the little old ladies who apparently demand it.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 7,095 miles

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