Here in the Philippines, the Crossover SUV has become a very popular choice for many, especially for our fellow Filipino family man who opt to have a ride which can let him take his family anywhere on and off the road. But things went different when MINI Philippines brought in their MINI Countrymen to the market. Is it a sedan, a crossover? Nah, it’s both. The Countryman sports an SUV-inspired version of its distinctively MINI compact design, thus possessing the largest body among its mates, yet still is smaller than most crossover SUVs we know. The Countryman seats 4 or 5, with ample comfort and room for extra luggage needed for a great getaway. Unique is its Center Rail storage cubbies, which allows the front and back passengers to have easy access to tumblers and cellphones just by moving the rail back and forth.
Aside from an optional permanent 4WD system, the Countryman is armed with a couple of powerful engines (122hp and 184hp), with the range-topper reaching 215kph. The Countryman’s small profile did not deterred it from tackling some of the country’s entry-level off-road paths that are already a daunting task to achieve for many in its class.