It's hard to properly categorize the Mini Countryman since it's quite a bit cheaper than comparable luxury rivals, but it's definitely a step above mainstream rivals.
First, cross-shop the BMW X1, which is basically the same thing underneath but has a far more sedate personality.
At the opposite end of the spectrum sits the Subaru Crosstrek, a compact hatchback on stilts that follows a close recipe to the Countryman.
Then dig deeper into luxury with the Audi Q3 that offers a sporty driving experience if a cramped interior.
The same is true with the Mercedes-Benz GLA, which never quite feels high-end but has been a hit for the brand.
Finally, the Lexus NX is more convincingly luxurious and it offers a hybrid—but it's a lot more expensive comparably equipped.
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|2017 MINI CountrymanBrowse Used Listings||2017 Audi Q3Browse Used Listings||2017 BMW X1Browse Used Listings||2017 Lexus NXBrowse Used Listings||2017 Subaru CrosstrekBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4|
|Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||Large Cars||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 4WD|
|Cooper FWD||2.0 TFSI Premium FWD||sDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle||NX Turbo FWD||2.0i Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2017 MINI Countryman vs. 2017 Audi Q3||2017 MINI Countryman vs. 2017 BMW X1||2017 MINI Countryman vs. 2017 Lexus NX||2017 MINI Countryman vs. 2017 Subaru Crosstrek|