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£27,410 when new
Not got any better looking, the Mini Clubman, has it? Oh stop. For one thing, Mini’s six-doored long-roof is now potentially more useful. For £1,415, Mini will supply it with driven rear wheels, and a pair of enormous ‘All4’ badges for each front door. With a manual gearbox and 192bhp Cooper S engine, that’s a £24,310 bill. Wouldn’t I just have a Countryman if I wanted a four-wheel drive Mini? Maybe several years ago, but in 2016, the Countryman crossover is a six-year old, dated-feeling car. And for Mini’s cognoscenti, that’s hardly chic, is it? So, if you’re looking to sneak under the me-too-soft-roader radar and drive an all-season alternative to say, an Audi A3 Quattro, the quirky Mini now has the ego-massaging security of four-wheel drive.