TEST DRIVE: MINI COOPER S COUN­TRY­MAN

CLEO (Malaysia) - - ROAD RULES -

While this ver­sion may come with four doors and is slightly longer than usual, you will never mis­take it for any­thing else but a MINI. Its over­all dis­tinc­tive de­sign makes it in­stantly recog­nis­able. You can per­son­alise the mir­ror caps and roof ac­cord­ing to the body colour or keep it in its orig­i­nal black or white. There are other add ones like roof rails and side scut­tles with white in­di­ca­tor lights.

The MINI Coun­try­man has a gen­er­ous amount of space for pas­sen­gers, lug­gage, and then some. The rear bench seat ac­com­mo­dates three peo­ple and can be folded for more trunk space.

Driv­ing the MINI Coun­try­man feels like you’re ma­neu­ver­ing a go-kart be­cause of its im­pec­ca­ble trac­tion on any sur­face imag­in­able. More im­por­tantly, it feels com­fort­able! The 1.6 litre en­gine pro­duces a sat­is­fy­ing rum­ble that proves its power and stur­di­ness. The MINI Coun­try­man has pretty de­cent fuel con­sump­tion and also comes in a 2.0 litre en­gine vari­ant.

Its body has been re­in­forced at strate­gic points guar­an­tee­ing a com­bi­na­tion of com­fort and pro­tec­tion. It scored a whop­ping five stars on the Euro NCAP crash test be­cause of its high safety fea­tures. It also comes with the stan­dard six airbags, four-disc brakes with Anti-lock Brak­ing Sys­tem (ABS), Cor­ner­ing Brake Con­trol (CBC), and Elec­tronic Brake­force Dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD) sys­tem.

An up­dated clas­sic that’s a great drive. We def­i­nitely love this one!

The MINI Cooper S Coun­try­man is priced at RM285,888 OTR ex­clud­ing insurance.

Th­ese are the eas­i­est to deal with pro­vided you take care of it ASAP. Mix 12 cups of hot wa­ter, one cup of vine­gar, and two tea­spoons of fab­ric soap into a spray bot­tle. Use a dry cloth to soak up ex­cess spillage and spray your con­coc­tion onto the spill.

Use reg­u­lar white tooth­paste, not the gel kind. Rub into the stain and it should dis­ap­pear.

Wet a cloth with luke­warm wa­ter and dab over the stain. Then, mix half a tea­spoon of fab­ric de­ter­gent with one litre of cold wa­ter and dab again. Lift the cloth and spray with warm wa­ter to clean off the soapy liq­uid. Use a clean, dry cloth and place it over the wet spot. Press down to ab­sorb the ex­cess mois­ture.

Dab the stain to re­move ex­cess ink. Spray hair­spray and let it soak for five min­utes. Use a fresh, dry towel to wipe. Rub­bing al­co­hol will also work but re­mem­ber to dab to pre­vent spread­ing. A mix­ture of two tea­spoons of salt with one cup of cold wa­ter will dis­solve the stain. Keep dab­bing un­til the stain goes away.

ALEXALEXANDER SKARS­GARD SKAR

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