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8.0
/ 10
On Styling
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On Styling
The 2014 Countryman manages to capture the MINI essence despite its size and tall-wagon proportions.
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The front fascia ditches the cutesy appeal of the current Cooper in favor of a more aggressive, bulgy stance. Yes, it's snarling at you.
Autoblog

If Mini's first crossover -- the Countryman -- succeeds, it will be due more to its style and versatility than for the driving experience
Los Angeles Times

Is it a bit ugly? From some angles it seems odd, and its unprecedented size and ride height play havoc with your Mini preconceptions.
Top Gear

The retro-looking dashboard, with its large central speedometer and toggle switches, will be familiar to anyone who has spent time in more recent Mini models.
Inside Line

Like its predecessors, the Countryman is a two-box design with a happy face consisting of through-the-hood headlamp eyes and upper and lower grilles.
Automobile

The MINI Countryman doesn't exactly look like what we've come to know as a modern MINI, but it doesn't not look like it, either. There are some similarities of proportion and style, but parked beside each other, the differences are obvious.

That said, the MINI Cooper Countryman in its many forms, including S, ALL4, and John Cooper Works cuts a unique figure. Sure to stand out from the crossover crowd in any office parking lot, the aggressive front-end, wide grille, flared fenders, and trim dimensions combine to give a sense of fun and athleticism not often found in the segment.

The lines themselves are modern and sculpted, but the upright nose, short hood, floating roof, and big round headlights are variations on MINI traditions.

The interior of the Countryman is, like its Hardtop and other counterparts, quirky. Big circular gauges dominate the information displays, while ovals, levers, and switches form the rest of the control theme. MINI wings flutter throughout the cockpit.

New for this year on all Countryman models is a John Cooper Works appearance package, which lets buyers add the sporty style of the JCW model without the added expense of the performance upgrades.

Conclusion

The 2014 Countryman manages to capture the MINI essence despite its size and tall-wagon proportions.

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