Mini Countryman: driven - Introduction
Well, the new Countryman crossover is finally here, and you wouldn't bet against it being a massive success. Crossovers are all the rage these days, and if the Countryman combines this popularity with the inherent popularity of the Mini brand, sales could be astronomical.
Success is by no means a done deal, though, especially with the quality of the cars that Mini has identified as competitors. Of course, there's the car that arguably started the whole crossover craze, the Nissan Qashqai, plus a barrage of talented family hatch competitors spearheaded by the all-conquering Volkswagen Golf. Tough crowd.
If the Countryman is to shine, it needs to take the style and the driving characteristics that Mini is famous for, and combine them with the practicality that the brand most definitely isn't. Question is, has Mini got it right?