Richard Bremner goes looking for an original glassfibre Mini in a Countryman in the Chilean desert

Fancying an extended jaunt in a Mini Countryman, Autocar’s Richard Bremner drove one from Santiago, in Chile, to Arica, the northernmost town in the country.

The journey took him and photographer Paul Harmer through the Atacama desert on a mission to uncover an obscure piece of Mini history, taking in salt pans, ghost towns and the occasional brush with the law on the way.

You can read Bremner’s blog for more on the mission, and see some of the some spectacular images of the Countryman in the Atacama.

The full story is in this week’s Autocar magazine, on sale today.

See all the latest Mini Countryman reviews, news and video

Our Verdict

Mini Countryman
Mini bigs itself up in a quest to find new and retain old customers

The Mini Countryman represents the biggest stretch yet for Mini – for the car and the brand

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