Two years on from launch the MINI Countryman is getting a few tweaks for 2013 – but they don’t amount to much.
We still struggle with the MINI Countryman visually – especially if it’s parked next to a regular MINI – but it is a pretty able car and actually quite appealing (as we discovered when we reviewed the Countryman Cooper D All4 last year).
But two years on from launch of the Countryman it’s getting a few tweaks to take in in to 2013, but they are pretty minor.
The rings round the centre speedo and air vents now come in gloss black (unless you opt for the Chrome Line interior pack, and then they’re chrome. Unsurprisingly), there are new door inserts with better padding and BMW has finally moved the electric window controls where they belong – on the door.
What BMW has also done is make a five seat spec standard so all those yummie mummies who used to drive the MINI but need something bigger for the sprogs can actually squeeze in an extra one. The four-seat configuration is now a no-cost option.
There’s some new paint colours to go with the minor interior tweaks – including Brilliant Copper metallic and Blazing Red metallic – and a restructured range of add-on Packs to more easily part customers from their wallets.
Under the skin much is as it was, but from now on the MINI One Countryman and MINI Cooper Countryman’s engines will be EU6 compliant.
And that’s it for the 2013 MINI Countryman.