MINI Countryman hatchback
Price: £16,615 - £29,800
- Generous load space
- Impressive engines
- Best-handling model in crossover class
- High-spec versions are expensive
- Firm ride
- Cheap interior
The MINI Countryman was the first four-door MINI, bringing a welcome dose of practicality to balance out MINI's recipe for fun and driver appeal. This is a MINI that can comfortably seat four adults and carry their luggage without cramping anyone's knees or limiting passenger headroom. It's also the first MINI to have a boot of a useful size too.
The Countryman comes with either two or four-wheel drive, with the latter giving the car some basic off-road ability. More unusually, the Countryman can be chosen with either a four or five-seat interior layout. We’d actually go for the five-seat model, but the four-seater does offer individual sliding rear seats that can be used to open up extra space in the boot, which should be appealing for those who regularly fill their cars with luggage or shopping. It's quite an expensive car, but offers a luxurious, premium alternative to crossover rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai or Skoda Yeti. The MINI Countryman comes in six main specifications – the entry-level One, then the Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper D, Cooper SD and the top-of-the-range performance-focused MINI Countryman John Cooper Works (JCW).