Yes. I wish the Z had a couple of pancake motors in the rear hubs.
The heart and soul of the hybrid is a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine,
Wow. Which cylinder has the soul, and which one has the heart?
As is to be expected, there are multiple driving modes. The electric side has EV, Auto, eDrive and Save. The latter allows the driver to preserve and charge the battery for use at another time. The engine has the usual Eco, Mid and Sport modes. If fuel economy is your bag, pick Auto eDrive and Eco — but the downside is the somewhat lethargic feel because of the quest for outright efficiency. Auto eDrive and Mid mode is best for everyday use, as everything feels sharper without giving up on the quest for economy.
Y'know, real clever and all, and even I am amused by the Z's behavior buttons, but isn't it about time the cars can figure out from what we're doing with the throttle how we want it to behave? Kick-down throttles used to do this without the gimcrackery.
it is 126 kilograms heavier than the Countryman Cooper S.
Ah. Precious road-hugging weight. You don't want to be in one of those cars that get blown all over the road because they're so light.
During the last kilometre of the drive, it highlights the available parking in the area. Once parked, it allows the driver to find the Mini on a smart phone using the app’s map. There are too many functions to go into in detail, but it is a welcome addition.
Good lord, how dim are
while the backup camera and sonic sensors eases the parking chore, the scene through the rearview mirror is hampered by the headrests and there’s no blind spot monitoring....
Hey, monkey brains- THAT'S WHAT THE REAR CAMERA IS FOR, duh.
frankly, unforgivable on a car pushing $50,000.
I don't know how bad 50K is anymore (regardless the conversion), but as a co-worker just spent 70K on a load of crap GMC troop transport, I guess we shouldn't be shocked.
The shocking part is how amazingly close the looks of the Countryman come to duplicating the appearance of ass on a cracker. A hairy one. Like the Camaro, Mustang, Charger, Challenger and on and on, could we get over fifty-year-old designs and start over, perhaps even with new names?
And I'm still wary of the tales of the Mini being a sixty-thousand mile car.
The hybrid Countryman brings the benefits of the space and pace, but with much fuel economy. There are some nits to pick, but as a package, the Countryman Cooper S E plug-in hybrid gets it done without being a dullard to drive.”[/I]
Of course. "I'm an Automotive Journalist, so Every Car I Review is the best automobile that's ever been made. Can I have my check now?"