Review

MINI Countryman hatchback

The MINI Countryman gives traditional three-door MINI looks in a larger five-door body, which means there is much more space inside, and a much larger boot than you’ll get in the normal MINI hatchback. The Countryman's looks are stretched over a longer body, meaning the five-door can’t match the three-door's cheeky style. Rivals include the Skoda Yeti and even premium hatchbacks such as the Audi A3 Sportback.

For 2014 the model got a light facelift. That brought with it new-style alloy wheels, Jungle Green paint finish. The black exterior pack is a new addition, which adds black surrounds to the front and rear lights.  

MINIs are known for being fun to drive, and the Countryman continues that theme. It's a lot taller than a MINI, which means there's more body lean in the corners, but it's nothing too bad. The Countryman can also be had with four-wheel drive (in the MINI Countryman ALL4), which gives grip on slippery roads that the smaller MINI can’t match.

That said, the Countryman is better suited to road driving than off-roading and its range of engines offer a choice of peppy performance, or cheap running costs. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is particularly rapid, while the MINI One D Countryman is the most economical.

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