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Award-winning lifestyle blogger Em Sheldon recently teamed up with Stratstone MINI Leeds on a special project ahead of the delivery of her brand new MINI Countryman. Em covers all things beauty, fashion, fitness, travelling and more on her blog Emtalks, and currently splits her time between Leeds and London.

Em is a long-standing customer of Stratstone. Em has previously owned 2 MINI'S, before deciding to purchase her third MINI 4x4 Countryman. As an extra-special treat for Em, and to tide her over before the delivery of her brand-new Countryman, Stratstone MINI Leeds offered use of their MINI Countryman for the weekend. Also, Em Sheldon got to test out the New exciting features of the MINI Countryman.

The New MINI Countryman allows greater grip, through the new smart four-wheel drive system that distributes power across all four wheels.

Also, the MINI Countryman has simple charging ports and economical driving modes because it's now available as a hybrid. Along with its advanced technological features, MINI Countryman is now the biggest MINI yet. It is a whole 20cm bigger than the previous model and that space is used wisely - adding additional storage space, legroom and more room in the boot.

Not only did Em love the new features on the Countryman, but she loved how the MINI was branded with Emtalks signage too.

"The lovely team at Stratstone let me borrow the MINI Countryman for the weekend. Part of me is sad as I had to hand it back and go back to my tiny MINI. I guess it's like giving candy to a baby and then taking it off them haha, I realised I never want to hand this incredible car back!"

- Em Sheldon, Emtalks

We caught up with Em after her weekend getaway to hear all about her experience, and her thoughts on the MINI Countryman.

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What do you love about MINI?
I love how cool and on-trend the brand is. The cars are all beautiful and actually, I struggle to choose a favourite! Plus, the MINI community is so warm and welcoming.

Why did you pick the Countryman?
I really needed space, comfort and wanted the car to feel super luxurious, it's safe to say the Countryman feels extremely luxe but provides me with comfort and style too. The technological features are epic also.

How did you find the weekends adventure?
Driving around for a weekend in the Countryman only made me remember why I chose this car. It drives beautifully on the steepest, bumpiest and windiest of roads and as someone who gets a lot of travel sickness, I find it so comfortable as a passenger too.

How did you find your Stratstone experience?
The team at Stratstone are beyond helpful, every step of the way. They let me take the car on a test drive and I instantly fell in love. I sat with the team whilst I added things onto my car and their advice was genuine, honest and they had my best interests at heart when choosing the car. I've been so impressed with them which is why all three of my cars have come from Stratstone.

With its sporty, and stylish looks, the MINI Countryman is perfectly at home whether out and about in town or adventuring in the countryside.

Ready to take on any environment with its MINI All4 All-wheel-drive the Countryman is the perfect partner to take you from city to country and everything in between. With an efficient engine and innovative technology, the Countryman is built to suit almost every kind of driver and is a very versatile vehicle.

On behalf of Stratstone we would like to thank Em Sheldon for taking your time to do a Q&A with us, and we hope that you enjoy your new MINI 4x4 Countryman.

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