2012 MINI Cooper Countryman Consumer Review: Could Have Been SO Much Better

2012 MINI Cooper Countryman - Consumer Review

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Could Have Been SO Much Better
By so_cali on


2012 MINI Cooper Countryman S 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


I own a 2012 Mini Countryman S AT FWD. Apparently Edmunds doesn't think they make an auto trans as there is no option for choosing one as your model. This car looks SO cool and drives great except for the harshness of the runflat tires. No spare tire and no place for one. No back up camera. Cupholders placement and size are a joke and the whole rail system is silly and causes rattles. Get the three across back seat and avoid the rear rail at least. AC could be better. Navi and almost everything about the interior is pointless in that you need to take a class to learn how everything works and everything is placed where it shouldn't be. A whole lot of counter intuitive design.

Best Features

Exterior design, roof colors, how it drives (except for the runflat tires).

Worst Features

Where to start. The base model is a complete dog. The S should be the base model. The interior needs a complete redesign. Deeper armrest - it won't even hold a CD, move parking brake and then cupholders further back. Put window controls on the doors and improve door armrest location. Lose the center rail - it causes rattles and is way too cute to be functional. Put in a navi system that is worth what it costs. Hint: Garmin does it right - why try to reinvent the best? Take responsibility for gaffes - like cupholders, weak AC, overpriced Navi, no spare or place for one and on and on. There is no excuse for not improving this vehicle. If BMW did, wow - it would be SO much better!
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