2021.07.05.  1,252 reads
				[시승] Responsible for the future of the mini brand Mini Countryman Cooper S ALL4 Magazine Car Life 3

2021.07.05. 1,252 reads [시승] Responsible for the future of the mini brand Mini Countryman Cooper S ALL4 Magazine Car Life 3

Responsible for the future of the mini brand
Mini Countryman Cooper S ALL4

Countryman is a model that melts the sensibility of the mini into an SUV and plays a very important role in securing the diversity of the mini brand. The 2.0L turbo engine of the Cooper S shows vigorous acceleration even in the mid-high speed range with a steady sense of torque.

The current Countryman is the second-generation F60 released in 2017. Last year, she underwent a facelift and slightly refined her appearance. First of all, the grille and bumper design have changed. The design of the bumper intake and the side intake that functions as an air curtain stands out. The Union Jack design was added to the rear combination lamp to emphasize the British-born identity. The 19-inch wheels fit perfectly because of its rather large size compared to other minis. New mini turnstyle spoke two-tone wheels.

Digital instrument cluster instead of analog meter

When you sit in the driver’s seat, the new instrument cluster greets you. In the place where the existing analog instruments were removed, a cute 5-inch monitor with an oval shape was installed. The tachometer and fuel gauge are placed in a semicircle on the left and right sides, and the speedometer is digitally displayed in the center. Other than that, nothing has changed significantly from before. The unique sensual design and high quality are still there. Although the size and appearance are a bit far from ‘mini’, the details were thoroughly obsessed with the mini DNA. The modern and classic blend harmoniously with the large circular infotainment system of the center fascia, the color indicator around the perimeter, and the electronic shift lever that contrasts with the classic toggle switch. The beige leather seats support the body well, and although the body is not very large, the headroom is generous, so the interior space feels spacious. The easy opener that opens the back door with a kick or the cargo compartment that can extend up to 1,390L is also good for use.

Sufficient torque even at high speed
The test drive was a Countryman Cooper S All 4 with a 2.0L turbo engine and four wheels. It has a maximum output of 192 horsepower and a maximum torque of 28.6 kg·m in the range of 1,350 to 4,600 rpm. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds is not very impressive, but the true value of this car is revealed in the mid- to high-speed range. The previous-generation mini turbo engines quickly showed the limitation of displacement in the mid- and high-speed range, and there were many times when it was disappointing to lose power. However, even at a speed of 150 km/h or higher, the second car continues to feel torque and raises the speedometer needle. Highway overtaking acceleration is cool. According to the specifications, the top speed is 223 km/h. Thanks to the fast moving lower body for an SUV, it’s quick in any winding. Even though it’s not full of energy, it’s surprisingly fun to run, so it’s not particularly enviable of JCW.

Union Jack pattern brake lamps show the nationality of the mini brand

BMW, which acquired the British Rover, sold it back, leaving only the Mini. However, the Mini was not a brand, but a single model. Maintaining continuity as a brand was an entirely different matter. The Coupe, Roadster and Paceman were discontinued in various attempts, but the Countryman survived and became a definite part of the mini lineup. Countryman is versatile and kind, full of charm that encompasses the sensibility of a mini brand, running and the convenience of an SUV.

2.0L turbo engine provides cool overtaking acceleration with steady torque

writing Editor-in-Chief, Soojin Lee Picture savage beom-soo

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