Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
3 minute read
27 Nov 2020
7:00 am

Facelift Mini Countryman out to show that practical can be fun

Charl Bosch

'Maxi-Mini' aims to prove the purists wrong.

Facelift Mini Countryman Cooper

Since its initial debut a decade ago, the Countryman has served as not only the biggest Mini ever made, but also the most controversial in the eyes of purists still unwilling to accept that Britain’s immortal ‘people’s car’ had become a standalone brand with an SUV as its flagship instead of a small three-door hatch. Unofficially dubbed the maxi-Mini, the Countryman, in spite of also contradicting the concept of what ‘mini’ should be, received approval for a second generation three years ago which, after a subtle facelift earlier this year, arrived on local shores recently in Cooper and Cooper S...