Mini Countryman vs Audi Q2 and Seat Ateca
Mini has boosted practicality in the latest version of the Countryman. So does it now mix function and looks better than its small SUV rivals from Audi and Seat?...
The Q2’s MMI infotainment system is operated via a rotary dial controller rather than a touchscreen. It’s also the easiest to use. It gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which mirror your smartphone onto the car’s screen, as well as sat-nav, two USB ports, a CD player and Bluetooth. Upgrading the stereo from eight speakers to 10 costs £250 and brings improved sound quality.
As standard, the Mini isn’t as well equipped as the others, although the 6.5in screen and sat-nav are operated with a rotary dial controller and are easy to use. It costs £645 to upgrade the stereo from eight speakers. The 8.8in screen shown here is part of the optional £950 Media Pack fitted to our car and is the best screen of the three. It’s definitely worth specifying if you can afford it.
All three cars get a DAB radio, satnav, USB ports and steering wheelmounted controls. The Ateca’s 8.0in infotainment screen is the second biggest here and responds quickly enough to not be frustrating, plus it zooms in on icons as your finger gets closer to the screen. Upgrading from eight to 10 speakers costs £330; that’s the only media option you’re likely to want. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.