Ok, almost none: With the roof tent, the maximum speed is 130 km/h, but that is easy to get over with the current fuel prices.
The second limitation is the height: with the roof folded, the Countryman measures 2.09 meters. Thus, most garages are taboo. But who wants to pitch their tent in the garage?
Roof tent set up in five minutes
Speaking of supermarkets. There we get some food, pack the gas cooker and a change of clothes. That’s all it takes to enjoy a weekend with the Mini that’s just different. Quickly search for a location on Google Maps that is suitable for an overnight stay and off you go.
With a little practice, the roof tent can be set up within five minutes: After opening the safety locks, the tent unfolds automatically thanks to the built-in gas pressure springs and is practically ready for occupancy.
With two adults and a child, it gets quite cozy in the roof tent, but that’s somehow part of the romantic camping atmosphere. Simply fold it back in the next day and off you go.
In bad weather it gets tight
The biggest differences to RV camping are the organization – and the role of the weather. With a mobile home, for example, you don’t have to worry about sanitary issues, there is a toilet on board if necessary – not in the Mini.
And we had doubts in the roof tent one evening, when it was quite windy on the Baltic Sea, whether everything would hold up and go well. In addition: When the weather is bad, it gets tight. We do not have an awning that adds a lounge or changing area to the Mini.
This is hardly a problem when the sun is shining, but when it rains you would like to change your clothes in the dry. But: The Mini is a good choice for relaxed weekend adventure trips in good weather – to break out of everyday life and experience something different.
In a nutshell
What will the neighbors say if I drive up?
Is that a tent in the roof box? How cool is that!
Why would I recommend the car to my best friend?
The Mini perfectly combines adventure with everyday life.
What do I remember?
2.09 meters headroom. does that fit?
Shopping 450 liters in the trunk are neat. Points 4/5
Transport A lot goes in, but nothing on the roof with a tent. Points 3/5
Vacation A little too tight for longer camping trips for two. Points 3/5
hobby Perfect if the hobby is called “short trips”. Points 5/5
family life The Countryman copes well with everyday family life. Points 4/5
Specifications and price: Mini Cooper SD Countryman All4
• Power 140 kW (190 hp)
• Torque 400 Nm
• L/W/H 4297/1822/1557 mm
• Trunk 450-1390 l
• 0-100km/h 7.6s
• Top 224 km/h
• Consumption (WLTP) 5.4 l diesel/100 km
• Price from 40,850 euros