For The Mini Countryman blends the retro style that Mini buyers love with enough practicality for a small family. All versions are frugal and well equipped.
Against It isn’t as much fun to drive as other Mini models, the ride is unsettled and some versions are very pricey.
The Mini Countryman is the only Mini that’s a viable prospect for a growing family, but there are much better alternatives for the money. By Steve Huntingford
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There are plenty of other choices to be made once you’ve chosen the Mini Countryman. First, you have to choose an engine. The One has 97bhp, the Cooper has 120bhp, and the turbocharged Cooper S has 181bhp. There are diesel versions, too – the One D has 89bhp and the Cooper D has 110bhp, while the SD has 141bhp. There’s even an outrageous 215bhp JCW hot hatch version. All things considered, though, we prefer the entry-level diesel.
The amount of kit you get will depend on your engine choice, but all versions come with air-conditioning, rear parking sensors, roof rails, Bluetooth and a DAB radio with a USB input. That’s not bad considering that Mini is often quite stingy with equipment.
Being a Mini, there are also has a dizzying range of options and accessories to choose from. We’d recommend that you take Mini up on their offer of the TLC servicing package. For a nominal, one-off fee, this takes care of all the costs from your first few services.
Update 13,500: MPG continues to improve, 49 mpg on a recent 180 mile round trip including a long hold up on a motorway. Around town 44 mpg is…
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