Out to the Countryside - 2011 Mini Countryman Long-Term Road Test
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2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Long Term Road Test

2011 Mini Countryman: Out to the Countryside

May 23, 2011

countryman_hillcrest.JPG Over the weekend I took my family (wife, three-year-old, newborn) out of town to relax a bit and have a picnic at local farm that has fun things for kids to do. It seemed like a good test of the Countryman to, well, head out to the country.

I was a bit skeptical at first that the Countryman would work out as we now have the newborn to cart around, and that requires a bulky reverse-facing safety seat. To my surprise, though, the seat fit without much of a problem at all. It was a snug fit when I put it behind the driver seat, but I was pretty much able to keep my ideal driver position (I'm 5-foot, 10-inches). My wife and three-year-old were happy, and the luggage area was perfectly suited for holding our picnic cooler and other assorted items.

For family (of four) day trips like this one, our Countryman is quite suitable.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 7,571 miles


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