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.
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|2012 MINI Cooper CountrymanBrowse Used Listings||2012 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mazda CX-7Browse Used Listings||2012 Volkswagen TiguanBrowse Used Listings|
|25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-Cyl||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|Compact||Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles|
|FWD 4-Door||FWD 4-Door||FWD 4-Door i SV||2WD 4-Door Manual S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|