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Giant

MINI Countryman

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PhilD

Wow thats looks great, really cohesive and balanced design with nicely integrated details. Now, let me go and put my contact lenses in so I can read all about it.
Michael

I didn't think they could make it look worse but they've surpassed themselves.
Bob Sacamano

Looks alright that. I was never that impressed by the Countryman when it came out but my mother has had a 1.6 auto for the last 4 years and she loves it and the looks have grown on me.
simonp

That dogshit brown paint really suits it.
Giant

Looks an improvement over the current one to me, but that is damning with the faintest of praise (sorry Doc & Mother Sacamano).  

Not a new or original observation, but MINI and FIAT are both really suffering (looks wise if not sales wise) from having headed down the cul de sac of sticking with retro styling of an iconic 60 year old model and stretching and forcing this styling onto size and shape vehicles that it clearly doesn't suit.
Big Blue

If you want the lifestyle image, brand cachet and also need to actually fit stuff (like a double bass) in it, this is the car for you.

It's not for me however.
Twelfth Monkey

Looks like an unhappy frog.
Frank Bullitt

Giant wrote:
Looks an improvement over the current one to me, but that is damning with the faintest of praise (sorry Doc & Mother Sacamano).  

Not a new or original observation, but MINI and FIAT are both really suffering (looks wise if not sales wise) from having headed down the cul de sac of sticking with retro styling of an iconic 60 year old model and stretching and forcing this styling onto size and shape vehicles that it clearly doesn't suit.


As always, styling is subjective - I disagree on account of liking the original Countryman (it was on our shortlist in 2014) and being a fan of the 500X too, so scaling an icon can work; the problem here is the current MINI looks awful and therefore scaling does not create a stunner, just a bigger pile of awful, which this Countryman appears to be.
Racing Teatray

Peculiar grille aside, I don't mind that too much. It's a notable improvement on the Clubman - we sat behind an eggyolk-yellow specimen in traffic on Sunday evening and it was just horrible in all respects. The rear light graphics are actively disturbing - like some alien reptile complete with nictating membrane...
Nice Guy Eddie

Better than the old one and the interior is rather pleasant
Grampa

I really like that - a big improvement, but I also like the current 3 door - it's the 5 door that doesn't do it for me.
PG

I like that. The extra length balances the height. And the interior is a huge step forward from the current model. I suspect that this and the 3 door will easily be the best selling  models (as I think they were for the last generation).

It seems that in every MINI generation, some models work and some do not. Currently the 5 door and Clubman look weird.
BeN

I think that looks okay actually. Not the prettiest thing in the world but not terrible either.
Martin

I think it's better than the old one as well, especially the interior.
cbeaks1

Just losing the horrible stepped roofline would make a huge difference to me.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

cbeaks1 wrote:
Just losing the horrible stepped roofline would make a huge difference to me.

+1.... and the droopy ends to the front grille. Why didn't they make the lower edge straight, above the bumper, with a chrome edge instead of making it look like it's frowning?
gonnabuildabuggy

PG wrote:
I like that. The extra length balances the height. And the interior is a huge step forward from the current model. I suspect that this and the 3 door will easily be the best selling  models (as I think they were for the last generation).

It seems that in every MINI generation, some models work and some do not. Currently the 5 door and Clubman look weird.


I like the current 3 door a lot, and quite like the 5 door too. The new one looks even better.

I'm not sure there will be a new Paceman (3 door) though?

The only downside is the the interior of the 3 door being 4 seats only. A big downside on what is a medium sized hatch.
Grampa

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
cbeaks1 wrote:
Just losing the horrible stepped roofline would make a huge difference to me.

+1.... and the droopy ends to the front grille. Why didn't they make the lower edge straight, above the bumper, with a chrome edge instead of making it look like it's frowning?


As with the current model, the droopy ends are for the Cooper S only, the Cooper gets the 'normal' shaped grille and a completely different front bumper - I prefer the front of the Cooper S when it comes to the Countryman though.
https://www.mini.co.uk/en_GB/home...ryman/mini-cooper-countryman.html
Tim

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
.... and the droopy ends to the front grille. Why didn't they make the lower edge straight, above the bumper, with a chrome edge instead of making it look like it's frowning?


The timing is apt - it's clearly in reference to 'Movember'  
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Tim wrote:
The timing is apt - it's clearly in reference to 'Movember'  

Limited edition MINI Mansell to follow ???
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Hmmm ... have to wait until I see it in the metal, and as always with Minis, very spec-dependent.

I don't like the crease over the rear door handles - so many new cars have overdone or downright unnecessary details like this - Audi (of all people!) being particular offenders.

I prefer the side vent on the old one, and I'm not keen on the strange black insert in the back bumper, but the interior certainly looks good, though I hope they'll offer the individual rear seats again.

At least they've put the rear lights on the right way up this time!
Tim

The interior looks a bit messy to my eyes and has one of those features that annoys the hell out of me - a round shape that contains squares/rectangles.

My Nissan has a much smaller version for the digital clock (round 'gauge' with a square clock inside it) and the early 2000s Passat had the same feature for the rear lights except in reverse - round lights inside a rectangular shape.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

The configurator does not seem to work on the new bodystyle yet :-(
Tim

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Tim wrote:
The timing is apt - it's clearly in reference to 'Movember'  

Limited edition MINI Mansell to follow ???


If they put the original (BMW MINI original that is) whiney engine back in they could really have a proper Mansell Editiion.

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