Looking for a maxi Mini? The manufacturer has just released pricing on the 2011 Countryman models, which will start at $22,350 for a stripped FWD version. If you want the full-meal-deal Cooper S version with AWD, 4 Wheels News tells us that it’ll set you back a few dollars shy of $30,000. That money buys you a four door Mini with their ALL4 torque-vectoring AWD system, tied to a turbocharged 1.6 liter motor good for 184 horsepower. Base models make do with the normally aspirated 1.6 liter four, good for 122 horsepower to the front wheels.
Europe also gets a choice of two clean diesel motors, but we’re left out on this side of the pond. That’s a shame, because I think a clean diesel in a commuter car like the Mini makes a lot of sense. Their larger diesel motor makes 112 horsepower and 177 ft lb of torque, which is good enough to get the Mini from zero to sixty in less than ten seconds. It’s rated at 64.2 MPG combined, which is quite a bit higher than most hybrids deliver.