Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday Car Pr0n #110

Only five six more weeks until we're done with this series...


2010 Mini Countryman. Yet another in a series, similar to the Porsche Panamera, of "Cars I really don't understand." The entire idea behind the Mini was to capture some of the nostalgia made most famous by the Volkswagen Beetle revival in 1997, bringing back the iconic British micro-car in more modern guise. And then they took and made it bigger, and gave it four doors, and pretty much turned it into yet another small hatchback...

I actually looked at a Mini many years ago as a possible commuter car. Problem I found with it was two-fold: first, the gas mileage really wasn't all that great. I think it got mid-20s around town and low 30s on the highway. The second problem was the price: to get the features I wanted, it was coming perilously close to $30K. Um, no.

I still don't get why they'd bloat up the Mini like this, except as in the same case as the Porsche to expand the line. However, the Mini is a niche vehicle; those looking for something larger have, well, pretty much the entire automotive world to choose from. I guess it's a chance to get into a car made by BMW without spending $40K; other than that I can't see the appeal. Once you get away from the nostalgia angle, it's a box like pretty much every other hatchback.

To each his or her own, I guess...

That is all.

4 comments:

Mark Matis said...

That reminds me of the old joke:

Q: What's the difference between a BMW and a porcupine?

A: With a porcupine, all the pricks are on the OUTSIDE.

libertyman said...

I was interested in one for a while. They have a remarkable amount of room inside. They are also HUGE compared to the original Mini. A friend was able to do a Y turn inside his two car garage, and he raced his for a few years.

Old NFO said...

They are 'city' cars... Not worth a crap on a long trip... IMHO...

Anonymous said...

A lot of room. And still fun to drive.