2012 MINI Countryman vs. Its Competition

2012 MINI Cooper Countryman FWD 4-door S Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

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 Countryman
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2012 Acura RDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2012 Acura RDX
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2012 Mazda CX-7 FWD 4-door i Sport Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mazda CX-7
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 2WD 4-door Auto S Side Exterior View2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Quick Specs
The 2012 MINI Countryman brings the right mix of sport, utility, and comfort to the compact crossover game.
The 2012 Acura RDX satisfies those who want more driving excitement, but it might leave luxury- or tech-hungry shoppers wanting.
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.
It's not particularly fun to drive, but the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan feels every bit like a premium crossover vehicle.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
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
EPA Class   
CompactSport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Style Name   
FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door i SV2WD 4-Door Manual S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Sport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2012 MINI Countryman vs. 2012 Acura RDX2012 MINI Countryman vs. 2012 Mazda CX-72012 MINI Countryman vs. 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan