The first four-door MINI, the MINI Countryman, has introduced a little extra practicality into MINI's usual blend of fun and driver appeal. The Countryman's dimensions offer prospective buyers a new MINI that can seat four adults in relative comfort and take their luggage in the usefully sized (if not exactly enormous) boot, too – which is a first in the MINI range. You can get MINI's first foray into the crossover market with either two or four-wheel drive, with the latter giving the Countryman some limited off-road capability. More unusually, the Countryman can be chosen with either a four or five-seat interior layout. We’d recommend the five-seat model, but the four-seater does offer individual sliding rear seats that usefully open up extra space in the boot, which will be appealing for big shoppers. And while it is by no means a cheap car, the Countryman does offer a luxurious high-end alternative to other crossovers such as the Nissan Qashqai or Skoda Yeti. The MINI Countryman is available in six main specifications – the entry-level One, then the Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper D, Cooper SD and top-of-the-range performance-focused MINI Countryman John Cooper Works.