2016 MINI Countryman vs. Its Competition

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While the 2016 Mini Countryman is as small or smaller than any of its competitors, it carries a premium price that means it competes with larger vehicles.

The Acura RDX offers more space for people and goods, and has a tech-forward personality rather than the Mini's character.

The Audi Q3, which like the Mini is based on front-wheel-drive hatchback underpinnings, also has more of a luxury and tech vibe.

The BMW X1, on the other hand, while almost as small inside as the Mini—with a cramped back seat—is based on a rear-wheel-drive platform and benefits from those handling qualities.

Then there's the Range Rover Evoque, which is not only larger, pricier, and prettier but offers considerably more real luxury features and a brand that oozes prestige rather than quirky charm.

Finally, the Volkswagen Tiguan, now by far the oldest vehicle in the segment, is also larger, but at this point, it's fallen behind in refinement and technology features—and will be replaced by an entirely new model within a year or so.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Mini Counryman retains a fair amount of the Mini character and fun-to-drive spirit, but a growing crop of small crossovers give it more competition than ever.
The 2016 Acura RDX is a smooth and responsive crossover SUV; it’s easy to live with, as long as the back seat fits your passengers.
The 2016 Audi Q3 gives compact luxury SUVs a good name with cozy ride quality and accommodations—but it's not the most space- or fuel-efficient vehicle of its kind.
The 2016 BMW X1 is heavy on sport and light on utility -- a combination that's likely to please a number of buyers.
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque breaks through with a more urban, street-smart style and tones down the off-road chops.
While it's not as fun as other VWs and the old design leaves it behind in terms of safety, technology and fuel economy, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan delivers on most of the important small-crossover promises.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 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-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsSmall SUV 2WDN/ALarge CarsSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-DoorFrontTrak 4-Door Premium PlusAWD 4-Door xDrive28i5-Door HB SE2WD 4-Door Automatic S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySports Activity Vehicle5-DoorSport Utility
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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