As said, we were really impressed with the comfort provided by the MINI Countryman, although we hadn’t tested a top-of-the-range configuration. In fact, besides the seats that were impressively good, most features were at a more decent level.
And this may be exactly one of the issues. Paying EUR35,000 for a car that comes with automatic air conditioning (to be read “the most basic”automatic air conditioning setup) and not even heated seats, isn’t exactly the smartest thing to do unless you’re a MINI fan and you really enjoy the idea of being a MINI driver.
So, as we’ve mentioned before, the version we tested was equipped with automatic air conditioning, a central armrest with some kind of storage support which proves to be too small for larger mobile phones, smartphones or wallets plus MINI’s very own Center Rail that offered a couple of additional storage compartments. In fact, storage is not at all a problem inside the Countryman and there’s a place for everything. There are two cup holders at the bottom of the center console, the adjacent storage compartments on the front seats, the Center Rail, the armrest plus additional storage places between the rear seats (depending on the configuration you choose).
However, we missed a lot of features and, after having a look on the options list, we finally understood that this is where BMW got involved once again. Following the perfect BMW trend, MINI Countryman has more features on the options list rather than in standard form so, if you’re looking for a better equipped configuration, check your bank account.
Regardless if we’re talking about the heated or ventilated seats, the audio system, the navigation system, the sunroof or many other comfort features, you can find them all on the options list with a pretty high price to pay.
Last but not least, ergonomics is above the average, but MINI Countryman is far from excelling at this particular chapter. Although we initially swore like hell because of the power windows controls mounted on the center console, it takes a few minutes to get used to them. In the end, it proved to be a smart solution, as this manages to retain the original MINI style, with minimum discomfort to the driver.Continue reading