Mini Countryman: driven - How much will it cost?
On top of that, given Mini's track record for strong residual values, you'll get a good slice of that back when you sell your Countryman on after three years. In fact, it'll probably outstrip even a Golf in this regard.
The Mini has a slight edge for other running costs, too. Every version comes with engine stop-start and other energy-saving measures as standard, so most models have the beating of the equivalent Golf for fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
The standard kit list isn't half bad, either. All versions get air-conditioning, Bluetooth, roof rails, rear parking sensors and a DAB radio with USB connection, while six airbags and stability control are also standard.
So, has Mini got the Countryman right? Granted, it's not quite the revolution in Mini practicality that it could've been, but it'll definitely make Mini ownership a viable prospect for some buyers who always fancied one but needed more space. The driving manners certainly don't disappoint, either.
What the Countryman does, though, is give Mini a broader appeal – when you're as rich in the appeal department as Mini is, that's no mean feat. Just shows what you can achieve by shunning conventions.
You'll like Brilliant to drive; stylish; realistic for families
You won't It's boot space or cabin space, not both
What Car? says – The most practical Mini yet, and it's still great to drive