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First Drive: Mini Countryman Cooper D Chili Pack Company Car Review

Oh look, it’s another Mini that’s got bigger – introducing the New Countryman. At 20cm longer than the outgoing model, it offers 5cm more rear legroom, and a boot that is 20 litres bigger than a Nissan Qashqai (and 100 litres larger than before).

The brand is pitching the car into the C Segment now, and believes it will rival cars such as the aforementioned Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan, Mercedez-Benz GLA and even the Range Rover Evoque. 

Steve Roberts, head of corporate sales for Mini UK, said the brand had worked hard to ensure UK vehicles have a good level of standard specification to appeal to a fleet buyer.

“We know corporate buyers often are limited in their ability to add options, so we’ve added about £1,900 of specification as standard, like sat-nav which we know is essential.”  

                                         


Other new standard spec includes autonomous emergency braking, Bluetooth, cruise control, and eCall.

Around two-thirds of fleet vehicles previously added the Chilli pack, and Roberts expects similar numbers to do so on the new model. This includes LED headlights, part leather seating, bigger alloys and keyless entry.

 

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