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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