It’s big. Yes the new Countryman is a full 7 inches longer than its predecessor. It’s also heavier with the average weight gain across models around 350 lbs. Yet it’s faster overall with 0-60 times down in most cases. For the Cooper manual this means a 0-60 dash that’s now 1.6 seconds faster. Like the Clubman that came before it, this weight gain only tells a part of the story. This is a larger much more comfortable car that will appeal to a wider array of buyers. If the concept behind the Countryman is to get more people interesting in the brand and purchasing MINIs, this new version is set up well to succeed.