2015 MINI Countryman vs. Its Competition

2015 MINI Cooper Countryman

The 2015 MINI Countryman may be small, but its premium price puts it into competition with a number of larger vehicles.

The more powerful BMW X1 is almost as compact--with a cramped back seat--but is based on a rear-wheel-drive platform with the associated handling qualities.

The Range Rover Evoque is larger, pricier, and prettier--and offers more real luxury features.

Neither the Acura RDX nor the Volkswagen Tiguan, which may be closer on paper to what the Countryman offers, have anything like the MINI personality and character--but they do offer more volume for people and goods.

2015 MINI Cooper Countryman2015 MINI Countryman
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2015 Acura RDX2015 Acura RDX
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2015 BMW X12015 BMW X1
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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Autobiography2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan2015 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Quick Specs
The mildly updated 2015 MINI Countryman is a versatile compact crossover, one of the smallest on the market, that maintains MINI's character and fun-to-drive spirit.
A sporty yet smooth driving feel, quiet interior, and top-tier safety all add up to a lot of appeal for the 2015 Acura RDX, although its lack of features and flair stop it short of greatness.
The 2015 BMW X1 runs a little short on versatility, but it's big on style and enthusiasm.
The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque tones down the off-road chops of its older siblings and turns up the design, creating a stylish carlike utility in the process.
The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan delivers on all of the important small-crossover promises, although it's not as exciting as some other VWs.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsSmall SUV 2WDLarge CarsSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name    
FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door sDrive28i5-Door HB Pure2WD 4-Door Automatic S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySports Activity Vehicle5-DoorSport Utility
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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