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Be­com­ing a fa­ther is a life-chang­ing event. Ev­ery­one knows that dads make many sac­ri­fices in or­der to care for their kids. Go­ing out to the movies and meet­ing up with friends fre­quently take a back­seat to child­care du­ties. For en­thu­si­asts, be­com­ing a fa­ther also means get­ting a more sen­si­ble car. But who says that “sen­si­ble” means mun­dane? If you’re an out­go­ing and ad­ven­tur­ous per­son who’s al­ways led an ac­tive life­style, then the MINI John Cooper Works Coun­try­man has to be the car for you.

As the largest model in the MINI range, the Coun­try­man isn’t just spa­cious and prac­ti­cal. It’s ex­tremely ver­sa­tile, too.

There are big stor­age points for a va­ri­ety of knick-knacks, which for a fam­ily man, would in­clude any­thing from baby wipes to stuffed toys. Child seats and blan­kets are eas­ily ac­com­mo­dated in the roomy back­seat. The use­ful 450-litre boot swal­lows your di­a­per bag, pram and shop­ping with ease. Yes, a dad’s life re­volves around his fam­ily. But be­ing a good dad doesn’t mean let­ting child­care du­ties con­sume you fully. Some­times, they must take a back­seat to you.

When your mis­sus of­fers to look af­ter the kids for a few hours, that’s when the ad­ven­turer in you reemerges. Be it wake­board­ing, kayak­ing or hik­ing, the Coun­try­man can take it all on, too.

Of­ten­times, how­ever, all an en­thu­si­ast wants to do is go for a drive – alone. That’s where the MINI JCW Coun­try­man re­ally comes alive. Its tur­bocharged 2-litre engine, which pumps out 231hp and 350Nm, is paired to a sports ex­haust sys­tem to cre­ate a stir­ring sound­track.

And de­spite its size, the MINI JCW Coun­try­man is just as ath­letic as its smaller sib­lings. El­e­ments such as its ALL4 all-wheel-drive sys­tem, sports chas­sis and Dy­namic Dam­per Con­trol en­dow the JCW Coun­try­man with the nim­ble­ness you’ve al­ways ex­pected in a MINI.

So take that cor­ner a lit­tle quicker than you should. Get down and dirty by ven­tur­ing off the beaten path for a mud-bath. For those few pre­cious hours, you feel alive again.

When your lit­tle ex­pe­di­tion is done, you’ll have a big grin on your face and new­found pep in your step.

Af­ter all, you’re more than just a fam­ily man. And with the MINI JCW Coun­try­man, you’ll al­ways be an ad­ven­turer, too.

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