IT IS no coincidence that the genuinely pint-sized models of times long gone by are viewed much less and much less commonly, as basic safety polices and consumer demands have viewed most cars grow in dimensions to the stage in which brands like Mini can barely match their name.


The most evident example of that is the Countryman – Mini’s supplying in the smaller SUV section, which is admittedly a key section in this day and age. 


In spite of staying much bigger and heavier than the unique Minis of the 1960s, the new breed can arguably offer a additional dynamic experience than its forebears many thanks to a marked boost in not only handling dynamics, but outright electrical power.


We took the most impressive member of the Countryman line-up – the potent JCW variant – out on the highway to see no matter whether added electrical power is a deserving substitution for mild weight.

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