So, the follow-up to our recent barrage of test drives is this: we bought a ‘cosmic blue’ 2012 Mini Cooper S All-4 Countryman last weekend. They had one on the lot that was very close to our ideal specs, and were able to give us a bit of a deal (though not much, since Minis are all in high demand).

The Countryman, while still fairly small and Mini-esque, has four doors, four real seats, and all-wheel drive. And it drives like a charm, even when you keep it under 4,500 RPM (as recommended during the break-in period). More details and photos will follow later, but for now, enjoy this handful of shots from purchase day:

Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.