Mini is putting the "country" into its Countryman SUV by launching a new rooftop tent for its biggest offering. The Anglo-German automaker worked with the tent specialists at Autohome to create an OEM-quality product that is large enough to comfortably sleep two people. It attaches to the Countryman's roof rails and, when stowed, appears as a traditional roof box that generates minimal wind resistance.
Once the tent box is installed, the tent can be deployed by releasing three safety clasps. There is no need to struggle with handles, poles, and ties the tent automatically raises via its four gas struts.
Inside the rain-proof tent is a "high-density" mattress with cotton cover and a battery-powered LED light. There are two zippable windows, two doors, and interior storage in the form of wall-mounted pockets. Ingress and egress is easy a stainless steel ladder is provided with the tent.
The rooftop tent is nearly 7 feet long and 4.2 feet wide, so it will be cozy for two campers. But because the 2017 Mini Countryman's interior is more spacious than that of the previous model, stashing all their camping gear shouldn't be an issue. The Countryman offers the usual drivetrain choices, including a 134-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter I-3, 189-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four, and a John Cooper Works version of that engine that makes 228 hp. There's also a plug-in hybrid variant that makes a combined 221 hp from a turbo-three and a rear electric motor. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Mini's ALL4 all-wheel drive system available.
Interested would-be campers should talk to their Mini dealership for pricing and availability.