2011 Mini Countryman: Seatbelt Chime Is All in the Family
June 07, 2011
This borders on being a gimmick, but if you're geeked up on Minis (as I have been since, oh, about late 2001), the way Mini has done the seatbelt chimes for its model line also borders on being cool. See, they all play the same song, same number of beats -- da-duh, da-duh, or something like that.
But the regular-size Mini Cooper hatch and convertible have a tenor version of the chime to tell you to buckle up; the bigger Mini Clubman has a baritone version of the same song; and the biggest-of-all Mini Countryman has the deepest version of all. 'Round about now, I'm kicking myself for not making videos of the seatbelt warnings in the Cooper and Countryman because I couldn't find any samples on YouTube.
So you'll have to take my word for it if you haven't been in these cars (or maybe you'll have to make fun of me), and enjoy the following sample of our 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman's bassy seatbelt chime.
Why does my opinion of the seatbelt chime matter on the Long-Term Road Test blog? Because each time I hear it, it reminds me that some Mini product planner in Munich has a sense of humor -- and I feel a little bit happier to be in the Countryman and don't mind so much that it's bigger and less entertaining than the Cooper hatch.