The 2012 MINI Cooper Countryman enjoys a relatively sparse segment in the market, though that is set to change in the coming years. However, the vehicle still manages to offer a lot, including a healthy dose of practicality, some off-road capability, and plenty of style.
Some rivals on the horizon include the recently revealed Ford EcoSport and Buick Encore, though neither of these is due until the 2013 model year or later.
If you’re in the market today for a compact crossover that’s pretty much smaller than any other crossover out there, then the MINI Cooper Countryman is the vehicle for you. The next closest rival is probably the Volkswagen Tiguan, though the VW is easily one size up.
Despite its small proportions, the MINI still offers four doors and four useable seats. Taller, bigger, and with a more boldly-styled front end than your regular MINI Cooper, the Countryman is instantly recognizable, both as a MINI and as something out of the ordinary. Inside, the...