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2012 MINI Cooper Countryman vs. Its Competition

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While the MINI Countryman has the small-crossover styling battle largely won on sheer flavor, the Acura RDX and Volkswagen Tiguan have their own set of strengths.

The RDX has more cargo space, a very nice interior, and similar drivetrain options to the Countryman.

The Tiguan has the usual, substantial German feel, but lacks the charisma both in looks and performance.

Mazda's CX-7 might not be an obvious comparison, but it has a lot of driving appeal and similar utility, though it's not quite the head-turner or image-builder the MINI is; the back seat's a tight fit, and the price-to-prestige ratio is nowhere near that of the MINI.

2012 MINI Cooper Countryman FWD 4-door S Angular Front Exterior View2012 MINI Cooper Countryman2012 Acura RDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2012 Acura RDX2012 Mazda CX-7 FWD 4-door i Sport Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mazda CX-72012 Volkswagen Tiguan 2WD 4-door Auto S Side Exterior View2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
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The 2012 MINI Countryman brings the right mix of sport, utility, and comfort to the compact crossover game.
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The 2012 Acura RDX satisfies those who want more driving excitement, but it might leave luxury- or tech-hungry shoppers wanting.
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If you'd rather not be seen in a minivan and think most crossovers are a snooze to drive, the 2012 Mazda CX-7 is a great alternative.
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It's not particularly fun to drive, but the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan feels every bit like a premium crossover vehicle.
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25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylTurbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4
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CompactSport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
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FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door i SV2WD 4-Door Manual S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Sport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door
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