Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The Mini Countryman JCW is large by small SUV standards and makes good use of its not-so-mini dimensions inside. Its high roof and low seating position mean most drivers should have plenty of room to get comfortable, and its wide body means you shouldn’t be rubbing elbows with your passenger.
Space in the rear is slightly limited due to the height of the seats, so taller passengers might find their head annoyingly close to the roof lining. The Cupra Ateca or larger sports SUVs such as the Skoda Kodiaq vRS are likely to stack up rather better if you plan to intersperse your back-road fun with more mundane family duties. On the plus side, sliding seats are optional as part of the Activity Pack, for extra legroom or luggage space when you need it.