The New MINI Countryman with Facelift

The MINI Countryman with the facelift. MINI Countryman was revealed at the same year when the Range Rover Evoque was revealed. And MINI did a minor facelift to Countryman before the Evoque received one. Personally, I loved Evoque at the beginning but my emotions followed my brain and I started to prefer MINI Countryman due its technological advantage based on BMW. 
Literally, MINI Countryman is a tiny X5 with the MINI design philosophy. For some people that’s not tempting but for me, I like it. BMW offers wide range of gadgets and efficient engines. Countryman may not offer the same level of off road experience like the Evoque, but that’s the compromise.
The facelift of MINI Countryman is the new LED headlights and more personalisation options. Also, minor revisions to improve the aerodynamic performance. The 6-speed automatic gearbox is still with us, I think there won’t be any 8-speed auto near soon. In addition, MINI Countryman received the updated the information system that allows you to install apps like on your smart phone.
Worth to buy? Yes, it offers larger boots space, four-wheel drive and BMW infrastructure. And slightly more aggressive look.

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MINI Attempts The First Unassisted 360-degree Backflip In A Countryman JCW

MINI attempts the first unassisted 360-degree backflip in a Countryman JCW !?!
Is this a remote control Mini Countryman JCW? No!
Is this MINI Countryman JCW driven by a kid? No, again.
Who drives the MINI Countryman JCW in 360-degree back flip? French driver Guerlain Chicherit.
Is Guerlain Chicherit a kid? No.
How old is Guerlain Chicherit? 34 years old.
Why Guerlain Chicherit does 360-degree with a MINI Countryman JCW? For advertisement and make the video viral like this.
Is this a normal MINI Countryman JCW? Yes. 1.6-lt turbo petrol engine with 218 HP and 300 Nm of torque. Needs only 7 seconds to reach 100 km/h with the top speed of 225 km/h.
Can I buy this MINI Countryman JCW? Yes, if you have the money!
Does the MINI Countryman JCW land after the 360-degree backflip? I think MINI lands properly after the 360-degree backflip. Otherwise, Guerlain Chicherit would be on news on each TV channel with a crashed MINI Countryman JCW.
Are you SIRI from the Apple? No, I just wanted to write in this way.
Do you have photos of MINI Countryman JCW? Yes, just look below. I mean below the post :)

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Range Rover Evoque vs. Mini Countryman

Range Rover Evoque vs. Mini Countryman. I should have written about them long time ago. But I didn’t and I really don’t know why. Last year, around these times, Land Rover revealed the Evoque and just before that, Mini revealed the Countryman.

Many people like me, assumed that Mini Countryman is going to be a rival for Evoque and they will eat their market share. However, this did not happen. Countryman has its own customers and Evoque has its own customers.

Since the beginning, Range Rover Evoque represented as a posh, show-off oriented and expensive. This strategy was good and was bad. Because, some people do not consume products that are too popular and perceived as a symbol of wealth. And some people love to consumer products that show their wealth.
However, with Mini Countryman things were a bit different. Mini did not engage with any celebrity or tried to promote Countryman as a something posh or show-off oriented. So, they did not turn into complete rivals.

But that is not the real reason. Evoque and Countryman have a huge gap among each other and that is called, price tag. A fully loaded Evoque can go up to £55,000 and Countryman can go up to £33,000. As you can see, there is a £22.000 of gap!

Honestly, I really love the design, driving experience of Range Rover Evoque and I would really want to own one. But £55.000 for a such a small car is too much from my perspective. And when I consider Mini Countryman for £33.000. It may be expensive but it is not that expensive. And also, Mini offers the same technology from BMW. With Countryman, you may order some of the features that are available in BMW. And that’s plus either.

I am not saying Evoque is not good or anything else but it is expensive. Actually, Evoque is targeted for people who will not say it is expensive.

In the end, Evoque and Countryman are really good cars. Evoque offers very good off road capabilities, Land Rover technology, high quality production and great design. Countryman offers off road ability, enjoyment of Mini, go-kart feeling, high quality and unique character. If I dismiss the price tag, just buy the one that matches with your personality. I think this is the best answer for the comparison.
Mini Countryman is offered with 1.6-lt petrol engine with 98 PS (One) / 122 PS (Cooper) / 184 PS (Cooper S); diesels are 1.6-lt  90 PS (One) / 112 PS (Cooper) and 2.0-lt 143 PS (Cooper S)

Range Rover Evoque is offered with 2.0-lt petrol engine with 240 PS and 2.2-lt diesel with 150 PS and 190 PS.

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New Mini Paceman (Coupe Countryman)

Mini Paceman’s (Coupe Countryman) photos were released on Mini’s Facebook Page with partial camouflage. Paceman is the coupe version of the Countryman model, which is targeting the market of Range Rover Evoque Coupe. However, Evoque is the leader of its market! It is really hard to eat Evoque’s market share.
Mini Paceman will be available with the same engines from the Countryman and this is the best strategy to keep cost at low! 1.6-lt petrol engine with 122 PS, 1.6-lt turbo petrol engine with 184 PS and 218 PS. Most probably Paceman will be available with the all-wheel drive option as well.
I really wonder the ease of reaching the rear seats. In Evoque, it is quite impossible!

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