The Mini Countryman is a bizarre attempt by BMW to install an estate car cum crossover vehicle in a small town car. As such it’s probably a clever idea to remind customers of the brand’s roots.
Minis are synonomous with ‘swinging London,’ epitomised by their role in the 1969 Peter Collinson film The Italian Job starring a young and trendy Michael Caine. That film ended with the ultimate cliff-hanger, a coach bearing the robbers’ swag, handing over an Italian precipice. This was a famous set-up for a sequel that never got made.
Anyway it wasn’t the greatest film but it was fun, much like Minis.
And the boys from Amsterdam have caught a lot of this joie de vivre in this cleverly-filmed opus.