Out in the country with Mini Cooper D Countryman
No matter where you go in the Countryman, you’re bound to upgrade to famous cricketer status. The Countryman D proved an instant hit with both sexes, with random teenagers, villagers and city folk getting out their camera phones or pulling over to check out the Mini. In that sense, driving this Mini is great fun if you don’t mind the attention.
Being the first Mini to be assembled via the CKD route in India, the Cooper D Countryman is priced at Rs 25.60 lakh, which is Rs 1 lakh less than cheapest CBU petrol-hearted Cooper hatchback on offer in India.
By way of practicality and value-for-money, the Cooper D – unlike other Minis – stands higher off the ground and offers more room. The downside is that its better-specced premium luxury hatch competition, which is roughly similarly priced, is better bang for your buck. The Mini Cooper D Countryman doesn’t have that combination of practicality and oomph that would justify the price.
(Words: Christopher Chaves, Photos: Nitin Rose)