Mini Countryman updated for 2013

31 Oct, 2012 4:55pm Ben James

Interior tweaks and new paint options mark out the revised MINI Countryman

MINI has updated the Countryman for the 2013 model year, with new paint colour and a host of changes to the car’s interior.

The changes include a new centre console layout, door inserts and door armrests. But the most noticeable change is that the window switches have been moved from the centre console to the doors, with the driver's door now incorporating controls for all of the windows and door mirrors together in one place.

There's also new surrounds for the speedo and air vents finished in Carbon Black with an inner ring finished in high-gloss black or, if you opt for the Chrome Line pack, in chrome.

New exterior colours have been added - including Brilliant Copper Metallic and Blazing Red Metallic - while the equipment packages have also been revised, with the aim of making customisation as easy as possible for buyers.

As before, the rear seats comes as a three-seater bench, with two individual rear seats available as a no-cost option.

The three petrol and three diesel engines remain unchanged and range from 89hp to 181bhp. The John Cooper Works Countryman is powered by a 215bhp turbocharged petrol engine.

All-wheel drive is standard on the JCW model, and will remain as an option for the Cooper S, Cooper SD, and Cooper D Countryman. All models bar the One D can still be ordered with a six-speed automatic in place of the standard six-speed manual.

The revised Countryman will arrive in showrooms this November, with no change to pricing, which starts from £16,510.

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Nothing done to ameliorate the hideous exterior though.

You still can't polish a turd....

Resale values of the original BMW Mini should be going through the roof - it's a real looker compared to this Botox nightmare. Moving the window switches is just piddling in the wind.

I'm a big fan of the MINI hatch, but I just can't get on with this Countryman. But, according to a guy I know at the local MINI dealer, its the Countryman thats getting the customers at the moment.

Why do Minis create such a response. It's only a car. Not important in the scheme of things. I wonder how many of the people that get so worked up have owned one or even driven one?

To coolcat, have you tried polishing one. If so you need to get out more!

This car reminds me of a German band back in the 60s who tried to immitate the Beatles.Naff!

Yes, I have, I believe it had a Toyota badge on it. Favour for a neighgbour.

Wanted to be near quality, did you?