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.