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The Top Gear car review:Mini Countryman
For:Nippy handling, good choice of engines, affordable running costs
Against:It's old, and can you really look past the styling? Some versions are expensive, too
What is it?
The least mini Mini is a bulked-up crossover with the option of four-wheel-drive. Some people are rude about the way it looks, but whatever you think of the idea of a bloated Mini, it was actually a welcome addition to the range, and one that families seem to love. The styling causes arguments, but some will see that as all the reason they need to go and buy one. Mini has grown up, and the Countryman is a pretty good shot at its first SUV. Feeling its age now, though, and soon to be replaced.