Earlier this week MotoringFile took delivery of our Countryman long term tester. Why is this one special? It’s not like the site’s contributors are totally devoid of MINIs. Nathaniel has an R53 and DB has an R50. But I’ve been without a MINI (of my own) for almost three years. Yes the person who founded MF has been MINI-less since 2008. So this new Countryman is not only about us testing a new MINI (long-term) but it’s also about me getting back in a MINI. And not just any MINI but the Countryman. The car that will reinvents what we thought a MINI could be.

But lets get that out of the way and talk about what we’ve got in the garage. Last March you helped us spec out our Countryman so many of you likely remember what we ended up with. Perhaps unsurprisingly, you thought we should go big with the options and the model. So that meant an All4 Cooper S for starters. And when it comes to options, there weren’t many things we said no to. Navigation, all packages and every creature comfort you could imagine. On the outside you helped us choose Light White and Pure Red on the inside. It’s like a fine gray english suit jacket with a surprising touch of color on the inside. And it works. In fact in person it’s exactly what we were hoping for to help give our R60 just a dash of color and irreverence.

You can see the full list and initial thoughts after the break.


– Light White Body Color / STD
– Anthracite Headliner / $250.00
– Center Console & Door Trim in Piano Black / $0.00
– Center Rail / STD
– Chrome Line Interior / $250.00
– Door Panel in Carbon Black / STD
– Flat Load Floor / $250.00
– Leather Sport Wheel w/Multifunction / STD
– Piano Black Cockpit Surface / $250.00
– Pure Red Color Line / INCL
– Rear-mounted Bike Rack Prep / STD
– Roof Rails / STD
– Black Roof/Mirrors / $0.00
– Leather/Cloth: Pure Red / $1,000.00
– Sport Seats / STD Blank Line


Cold Weather Package / $750.00

– Heated Front Seats
– Heated Powerfold Mirrors & Washer Jets

Conv. Package + MINI Connected $2,750.00

– Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror Center Arm Rest Comfort Access System
– MINI Connected MINI Connected with Nav System
– Rain Sensor and Auto Headlamps
– Universal Garage Door Opener

Premium Package / $1,750.00

– Automatic AC
– Dual Pane Panoramic Sunroof
– Harman/Kardon Sound System

Sport Package / $1,500.00

– 18″ 5-Star Double Spoke Anthracite
– Black Bonnet Stripes
– White Turn Signals
– Xenon Headlamps


– 6-Speed Getrag Manual / STD
– Start/Stop Button / STD
– 7 Airbags w/Side Curtain System / STD
– ALL4 All Wheel Drive System / STD
– Dynamic Stability Control / STD
– Dynamic Traction Control / STD
– Sport Button STD Sport Suspension / $500.00
– Adaptive Light Control / $100.00
– Front Fog Lamps / STD


– 6-spkr AM/FM CD Player / STD
– HD Radio / STD
– Sirius Satellite Radio / STD
– On-Board Computer / STD
Rear Park Distance Control / $500.00

MSRP w/Factory Options $37,500.00

There you have it. A completely loaded R60 MCS with All4 that we can poke and prod for one year. In addition, this Countryman signals the start of what we’re calling the MotoringFile Garage. With MF Garage we’ll be bringing you updates on everything MINI related in our garages including of course the Countryman you see above.

Initial Thoughts

Most will have to wait until next week. There have been niggles here and there but I’m seeing 24mpg in the city and 32mpg on the highway in a versatile, fun to drive four door with all wheel drive and a manual. Not an easy combination to find.

Look for must more next week.