2013 MINI Countryman vs. Its Competition

2013 MINI Cooper Countryman FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The MINI Countryman's priced at a premium, even though interior space is at a premium compared to some big domestic crossovers.

In that sense it's a lot like its cousin, the BMW X1, a compact rear- or all-wheel-drive ute new this year, with a turbo four or turbo six powerplant and a very, very small back seat.

The Range Rover Evoque's a titan compared to these two, even as a three-door, but its price tag of $43k or more is substantially stiffer, too.

More in the price ballpark with the MINI are the considerably less flavorful VW Tiguan and Acura RDX; turbo four or V-6, respectively, they're both relative wallflowers in terms of styling and content, though dynamically they work pretty well.

2013 MINI Cooper Countryman FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2013 MINI Countryman
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2013 Acura RDX2013 Acura RDX
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2013 BMW X12013 BMW X1
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2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque with Black Design Pack2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Quick Specs
The biggest MINI, the Countryman adds crossover flexibility to the lineup without diluting the fun-to-drive factor too much.
The 2013 Acura RDX improves on the sporty crossover theme with refined ride quality, more features, and better fuel economy.
In our first drive, the 2013 BMW X1 seems a little more enthusiastic than it is versatile.
The 2013 Range Rover Evoque nails the coupe-crossover concept, and puts the off-roading on mute with a sexy shape and a casual elegance.
The 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan is a little conservative in look and feel, but otherwise it has everything that urban crossover shoppers want.
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25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
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CompactSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility 4WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
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FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door 28i5-Door HB Dynamic Premium2WD 4-Door Manual S *Ltd Avail*
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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