2014 MINI Countryman vs. Its Competition

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Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The MINI Countryman's premium price might not reflect its diminutive size, a factor some alternatives don't have to deal with.

The BMW X1 is nearly as compact, but offers more powerful engines--as well as a very small back seat.

Range Rover's Evoque is a bit larger, too, and more expensive, but its design is less quirky and more beautiful, and its luxury is more luxurious.

The Volkswagen Tiguan and Acura RDX might be closer to natural rivalry with the Countryman, but neither offers the personality of the MINI, despite offering more space.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 MINI Countryman puts the brand's fun-to-drive spirit into the body of a versatile compact crossover.
The 2014 Acura RDX offers a relatively sporty look and driving feel, as well as a quiet, comfortable interior and top-notch safety; but features or flair it's no standout.
The 2014 BMW X1 has plenty of style and enthusiasm, although it's a little short on some of the versatility and utility you might expect.
The 2014 Range Rover Evoque may not be as burly as its bigger brand-mates, but it's every bit as sophisticated and stylish.
The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan offers just about everything a compact crossover should, though its a little conservative in style and feel.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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