2011 Mini Cooper Countryman S All4 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman - Road Test Specs

2011 MINI Countryman Wagon

(1.6L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Manual)


Year Make Model2011 Mini Cooper Countryman S ALL4
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 4-passenger station wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Base MSRP$27,650
Options on test vehicleCrystal Silver Metallic Paint ($500); Premium Package ($1,750 -- includes front power glass sunroof panel with tilt and slide, rear power glass sunroof panel with tilt, automatic climate control with cabin air filtration, Harman Kardon sound system; 480-watt amplifier with 5.1 Surround Sound, 10 speakers); Convenience Package ($1,250 -- includes universal garage door opener, Comfort Access, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth phone pre-wiring, iPod adapter with USB cable); Sport Package ($1,000 -- includes 18-by-7.5-inch Turbo Fan design alloy wheels with 225/45R18 run-flat performance tires, xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights with auto-leveling, retractable and high-intensity power washers, white turn signals, black or white hood stripes are no extra charge with this option); Parallel Lines Cloth/Leather ($1,000 -- includes cloth and leather interior upholstery with contrasting color parallel lines on seat seat inserts); Cold Weather Package ($750 -- includes heated washer jets, heated exterior mirrors, power-folding exterior mirrors, heated front seats); Park Distance Control ($500 -- includes rear bumper-mounted sensors); 18-by-7.5-inch Five-Star Double-Spoke Design Anthracite-Finish Alloy Wheels With 225/45R18 Run-Flat Performance Tires ($500); Center Armrest ($250 -- includes center armrest for front seat occupants); Cargo Net ($250 -- includes storage net in rear cargo area).
As-tested MSRP$35,400
Assembly locationGraz, Austria
North American parts content (%)5


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,598/98
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)181 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)177 (192) @ 1,600 (overboost)
Fuel type91-octane (or greater) required
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission ratios (x:1)1st = 3.308; 2nd = 2.130; 3rd = 1.483; 4th = 1.139; 5th = 0.949; 6th = 0.816
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.706
Differential(s)Front (open with brake differential), Rear (variable, electromagnetic clutch-operated)


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.1
Tire make and modelGoodyear Efficient Grip
Tire typeAll-season, run-flat (32 psi cold front; 32 psi cold rear)
Tire size225/45R18 91V
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front12.1-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.0-inch one-piece solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.8
0-45 mph (sec.)5.1
0-60 mph (sec.)7.6
0-75 mph (sec.)11.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.7 @ 89.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.3
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.1
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.6
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)11.4
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.7 @ 89.2
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)117
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.7
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON66.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.4
@ Full throttle (dB)75.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsUnfortunately, the only way to launch this AWD Mini is by slipping the clutch, which already has a very high engagement in the pedal's travel. No wheelspin possible. Nearly identical runs with traction control on/off because they both require the same launch technique. Shifter has long throws but well-defined gates. Some sort of clutch/throttle damping prolongs shifts. Power delivery is reasonably linear and does not taper as redline approaches.
Braking commentsVery, very consistent; zero fade or pedal softness, little dive, and straight across five stops.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Despite non-defeat ESC, when "off" it doesn't intrude at all on the skid pad. Instead, the car remains neutral, even gets a little "loose" with drop throttle. Steering weight (in Sport mode) is on the heavy side, but not awful. With ESC on, first the throttle closes to slow the car, then brakes start to grab occasionally. Slalom: Non-defeat ESC is pretty lenient and stays distant as long as the driver in on the throttle. As a result, best run was slow-in, fast-out with progressive throttle. Crisp turn-in, takes a set well, but grows a little reluctant to transition when trying to "flick" it. Steering also grows a little syrupy the more aggressively you drive it. I could sense (and use) the AWD only at the exit at wide-open throttle. Still, this is an impressive performance. Very good.

Testing Conditions

Test date1/19/2011
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)72.1
Relative humidity (%)35.4
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)5.1, headwind
Odometer (mi.)1,183
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)32/32

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)25 city/31 highway/27 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)21 worst/30best/26 average (over 1,400 miles)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)12.4
Driving range (mi.)384.4

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionHarman Kardon sound system; 480-watt amplifier with 5.1 Surround Sound; 10 speakers (4 tweeters, 2 Alumaprene mid-range speakers and 4 subwoofers)
iPod/digital media compatibilityOptional iPod via propietary cable
Satellite radioStandard Sirius (First year free)
Bluetooth phone connectivityOptional (phone and music streaming)
Navigation systemOptional
Smart entry/StartOptional ignition doors trunk/hatch
Parking aidsOptional parking sonar rear
Driver coaching displayStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,252
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,273
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58/42
Length (in.)161.8
Width (in.)70.4
Height (in.)61.5
Wheelbase (in.)102.2
Track, front (in.)60.0
Track, rear (in.)61.1
Turning circle (ft.)38.1
Legroom, front (in.)40.4
Legroom, rear (in.)33.8
Headroom, front (in.)39.9
Headroom, rear (in.)37.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)52.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.1
Seating capacity4
Step-in height, measured (in.)15.9
Trunk volume (cu-ft)16.5
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)41.3
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)25.8
GVWR (lbs.)4,101
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)860
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)Not rated
Ground clearance (in.)6.3


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance3 years/36,000 miles

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