Sure, the Mini Countryman is no longer all that mini, but it's still a stack of fun to drive and undercuts its BMW X1 donor vehicle. Is it worth a closer look?
The 2017 Mini JCW Countryman is pretty much what we've come to expect from the go-fast arm of the BMW-owned British brand – and it's more practical than ever before.
The new Mini Countryman benefits from being based on the excellent BMW X1. Rather than a compromised hatchback, it's now a purpose-built SUV.
The all-new 2017 Mini Countryman is a convincing compact SUV, one with class and charisma. And in top-spec diesel all-wheel-drive form, it's quick and charming, too.
The 2017 Mini Countryman crossover is more convincing than before, offering a cool alternative to the Audi Q2 or a higher-grade Mazda CX-3.
For the first time the Mini Countryman is a purpose-built small SUV aimed at providing Mini fans with yet another option. Based on BMW X1 architecture, Mini is adamant it must retain its point of difference.