This 2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Cooper S is one of the most
interesting future classics around. After all, it has the size and
versatility of a modern crossover. But they also made sure to give
it the retro-good looks of the Mini. And with a peppy turbo motor
and such nimble steering, it needs no labels to define what is a
blast to drive.
The factory Light Coffee is distinct and attractive, and we could
describe the Countryman in the same way. It's a true crossover with
taller lines and a beefier face than its other Cooper siblings. But
the same principles of usefulness that's a Mini cornerstone still
apply. So you have svelte dimensions, but with four full doors and
a large rear hatch. And there's plenty of sporty style with bright
dual exhaust tips, crystal clear headlights, fender vent trim,
flared fenders, and 17-inch alloys. It all looks quite nice today,
because while this is an actual mileage odometer, you can see
they've been done with care and maturity. And this one really was
ordered carefully with plenty of distinction. For example, the
white roof is a great Mini piece, and the coordinating mirror caps
and racing stripes on the hood make for a distinct two-tone style.
So you may just give this one a nickname like coffee and cream.
The black leather seats look fantastic, which is another sign that
this car comes from a good and caring home. You slip behind a
grippy three-spoke factory wheel, and ahead of you is a large tach.
In the center is the large speedometer reminiscent of the original
Austin Mini. Below that, your control for the AM/FM/CD stereo, air
conditioning, power windows, power locks, heated seats, and other
luxuries are on cool toggle switches. And this is a true modern
classic with desirable features like Bluetooth and voice
recognition. You even get the safety convenience of front airbags,
side airbags, and ABS. This is truly a thoughtful mix of retro
touches with modern luxury. The taller size of the Countryman
really works in its favor when it comes to passengers and cargo.
The rear gets dual bucket seats and a sliding cup holder system.
And the extra headroom makes it quite comfortable. Plus, since the
seat doesn't need to do a big recline, you can also get more road
trip-sized luggage in the trunk.
The 1.6-liter motor is a great powerplant to have. It's a lively
unit that has fuel injection, dual-overhead camshafts, and variable
valve timing. And the turbocharger of the S modern really means you
have a modern motor with a peppy attitude. Also, what makes these
Minis so much fun is the suspension. Mini's BMW parents made sure
it was given a fully independent setup that lived up to the
sporting heritage that made original Mini Cooper giant killers on
the racetrack and rally circuit. That's the key to a car like this.
It's a secret sports car that's ready to charge forward at a
moment's notice, but the four-wheel disc brakes, six-speed
automatic transmission, power steering, and cruise control also
make it easy to live with every day.
Complete with owner's manual, this is your secret sports car that's
been nicely cared for and presented in a terrific color combo. No
matter if you're looking for an affordable future classic or
something cool to keep the miles off of your vintage ride, this
irresistible price means you need to hurry up and grab this deal.