The proportions, profile, and many of the details are like those of the more road-oriented MINIs, but up-sized. In fact, the Countryman's design was the inspiration, or at least the predecessor, of the redesigns the rest of the lineup have seen recently.
It's not so much what makes the Countryman like its cohorts that's interesting, however--it's what makes it different. The large, flared fenders, tall ride height, plastic-clad bits, and four-door layout make it clear that this MINI is meant for suburban utility as much as urban mobility.
Inside, the Countryman shares more in common with its Cooper counterparts in design terms, with familiar, quirky MINI sensibilities: large, round gauges, including the center-mounted speedo; ovoid pedals; a levers-and-knobs center stack; and ample MINI-wing badges. If anything, it's somewhat less busy and complicated than the average MINI--perhaps because the details are spread out over a slightly larger area.