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Super-sized Mini Countryman gets priced and dated for UK

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When is a Mini not a Mini? Well, some would say when BMW bought it, but in truth, it's probably with the launch of the Mini Countryman, heading your way in September from £16,000.

The newly-launched model still keeps those past-inspired looks and that iconic name, but a size up makes this more of a family runaround than a nippy number about town. That's no accident – this is indeed the Mini for when your single days are numbered.

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The Countryman is 400mm longer than the hatchback, packing considerably more interior space, four passenger doors and five seats, with a choice of five engines, two of them (One D and Cooper D) using the existing Mini diesel engine, while the  One, Cooper and Cooper use new petrol units and all are offered with four-wheel drive, as well as air-conditioning, stability control, DAB digital radio, USB connectivity and six airbags.

Prices start at £16,000 at that September launch, with the top-end Cooper S models starting at £20,810. Grown-up Mini or no longer a Mini at all? What do you think?

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