Today, “all the news that’s fit to print” includes a thoughtful review of the MINI Countryman. Ezra Dyer kicks off with an observation we at MotoringFile know all to well.
It’s an immutable law of the car business: the more focused a companyâ€™s lineup, the greater the outrage when that company decides to expand its product range. When Porsche introduced the Cayenne S.U.V. as a 2004 model, purist fans reacted as if the company had announced it was branching into unicycles and Justin Bieber merchandise. â€œThatâ€™s not a Porsche!â€ cried many people who have never bought, nor will ever buy, a Porsche.
…Just as the aforementioned companies have long histories of building sports cars, the name Mini evokes sprightly front-wheel-drive two-door hatchbacks. So the new Mini Cooper S Countryman All4 â€” an all-wheel-drive four-door â€” is a pretty significant departure. And yet Iâ€™m not sensing much righteous frothy indignation among the faithful.
While mostly an overview, and not anything readers of this site haven’t heard before, I have to give Dyer credit for being neither an unwavering fanboy, nor a curmudgeonly contrarian when it comes to MINI’s biggest sibling. He neither winks nor scoffs at those quirky things that make a MINI a MINI. That’s refreshing.
In this car, as with other Minis, youâ€™re paying for design. The Countryman interior, in particular, looks like something that other companies may cook up for a concept car but then abandon on the way to the showroom.
So while it’s certainly no new information or startling insights, the article is worth a read nonetheless.