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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mini Countryman

Overall verdict
Mini's crossover is fun and frugal. But a touch...misjudged.


Nippy handling, good choice of engines, affordable running costs


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. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 John Cooper Works ALL4 5dr
6.9s 165g/km 39.8 218 £28,770
The cheapest
1.6 One 5dr
11.9s 134g/km 49.6 98 £16,940
The greenest
1.6 Cooper D 5dr
10.9s 111g/km 67.3 112 £19,900
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