Mini John Cooper Works Countryman Unveiled
The engine is the most powerful unit ever fitted in a Mini!
The updated version of Countryman SUV has made its entry in the Indian automobile market. It comes in a single variant, which is named Mini Countryman Cooper D . With this facelift, it received some cosmetic changes to its exteriors. Now, it has a new radiator grille and LED daytime running lights in its frontage. The bumper is slightly tweaked, while the headlight cluster looks a bit bigger. Meanwhile, its side profile looks quite refreshing with the new 17 inch alloy wheels. Its interiors are not modified much, yet it includes a few additions like a new infotainment system with black dials and chrome inserts on vents as well as switches. Along with these, it is offered with sports leather seats, multifunctional steering wheel with height adjustment facility and a striking dashboard as well. Under the bonnet, it has a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that is paired with a six speed steptronic automatic transmission gear box. It produces 112bhp maximum power along with torque of 270Nm. On the safety front, it has some vital features such as airbags, anti lock braking system, dynamic stability control, engine check warning, and various others that guarantee maximum protection. Besides all these, the manufacturer has offered it in a few exciting body paint options for the customers to select from.
This SUV has got all the looks and style that can easily lure any buyer. The one aspect that remains the highlight in its front fascia is the modified radiator grille, which has a neat chrome finish. This is flanked by a bright headlight cluster that includes xenon headlamps and turn indicators. The bumper is revamped a bit and fitted with an air intake section as well as a pair of fog lamps. At the tip of its bonnet, the company's insignia is finely embossed, whereas the large windscreen comes equipped with a couple of wipers. On the sides, its wheel arches are now fitted with a new set of 5-star triangle spoke designed, 17 inch light alloy wheels. These rims are covered with 205/55 R17 sized tubeless radial tyres that ensures excellent grip on roads. Also it has roof rails, outside rear view mirrors and door handles. Besides these, the visible character line, which stretches along with its length further gives a sporty appeal to its sides. Coming to its rear end, it has a wide windscreen featuring defogger, whereas the 'Countryman' lettering above its license plate further enhances its appearance. A few other aspects like radiant tail lamps with chrome surround, well sculpted bumper, and roof mounted antenna completes its rear profile.
Inside the cabin, it has a restyled dashboard that looks quite unique with almost every equipment in circular shape. These include the leather wrapped steering wheel, round shaped air vents and even the advanced infotainment system. Besides these, the chrome accentuation on a few of them further gives it a rich appeal. There are sports seats incorporated at front along with height adjustment facility. All the seats are covered with premium leather upholstery, whereas the center armrests offer additional convenience to its occupants. This roomy cabin can accommodate five people with ease and includes fine inlays with different color options. Other aspects inside include door armrests, storage compartment, center console, smokers package, assist grips as well as instrument cluster that gives out different notifications.
Engine and Performance:
The car maker has equipped it with a 2.0-litre diesel power plant that displaces 1998cc. It is a four cylinder mill that has 16 valves and is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. This motor is integrated with a common rail direct fuel injection system and has a turbocharger, which assists in delivering enhanced power output. It can churn out a peak power of 112bhp at 4000rpm besides generating torque output of 270Nm that ranges between 1750 and 2250rpm. It comes mated with a six speed steptronic automatic transmission gear box that makes gear shifts quite easier. On the highways, it can return a mileage of around 19.2 Kmpl, while it comes down to nearly 13.69 Kmpl within the city. This propels the vehicle in achieving a top speed of approximately 185 Kmph and enables it to break the 100 Kmph speed mark in about 11.3 seconds, which is rather good.
Braking and Handling:
It is bestowed with a proficient suspension system that helps in maintaining the stability of vehicle irrespective of road conditions. It comprises of a single joint spring strut on its front axle and a multiple control arm on the rear one. On the other hand, a robust set of disc brakes are fitted to both its front and rear wheels. It is further accompanied by anti lock braking system that further boosts this mechanism. Then, there is a power assisted steering system offered that comes with tilt adjustment function. It ensures excellent response and makes handling quite easier to the driver.
In terms of comfort, it comes equipped with an automatic air conditioning unit along with air vents that helps in cooling the entire cabin quickly. All its four windows are power operated, whereas the sunvisors come along with vanity mirrors. There is an accessory power socket using which, its passengers can charge their phones. The company has updated its music system with a radio unit and a CD player. This unit comes with connectivity options like auxiliary input and USB port. It also enables Bluetooth wireless data link for hands free phone and has high quality speakers that gives good listening experience. Apart from all these, it includes floor mats in velour, on-board computer, lights package, rear reading lamp, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors, multifunctional steering wheel and many others.
The list of protective aspects in this trim includes a warning triangle, first aid kit, park distance control, run flat indicator and dynamic traction control. In addition to all these, it also has front and rear three point seat belts, dynamic stability control, six airbags, power door locks, anti lock braking system as well as brake assist system that enhances the level of security.
1. Availability of numerous comfort aspects.
2. Overall engine performance is good.
1. Mileage is not that satisfying.
2. Its expensive price tag is a major disadvantage.
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