The Mini Countryman is roomier than its predecessor, but there are still far better options out thereread the full model review
Entry-level Cooper models get alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, air-con, a DAB radio, a 6.5in colour infotainment screen and sat-nav. You might want to add a couple of options, but the basics are covered. An automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive are optional.
Despite being a fair bit quicker than the petrol Cooper, it has the lowest emissions and best fuel economy of the range. There is a significant price premium over the petrols, so you’ll need to do plenty of miles to recoup your initial investment.