MotoringFile. While Countryman is the largest MINI ever, according to research MINI USA has received, its #1 complaint from US is...... It's too small! Remember Countryman is a MINI that raised eyebrows of many MINI faithfuls when it was first unveiled. But just like all other MINI (R50, R53 and R56) many American consumers think it's not big enough.
I personally find this very ridiculous and MINI USA is apparently on the same page. If one is buying a 'MINI', one is not buying 'big' or 'large'! While Countryman is one of the smallest crossover in the market place, it's still the biggest MINI with cleverly packaged interior that provides surprisingly adequate space for four, excluding their luggage, mind you. Can it have more luggage space? Sure! You can go buy BMW X1 or X3!
IMHO, Countryman is a car that is big enough for everyday living, yet small enough to keep the MINI brands ideals. It has well proportioned, yet funky MINI design language, fun driving characteristics/dynamics of MINI, and unique features/configurations only MINI can offer.
Also, as a Countryman owner, I can say that I am happy with its size (it is still shorter than Volkswagen Golf!) and hope it doesn't grow any bigger in the future at the expense of losing its fun character.
What do you think? Do you think Countryman is too 'Small'?
[ Source :: MotoringFile ]