2017 MINI Countryman vs. Its Competition

2017 Mini Cooper Countryman
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

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.

2017 Mini Cooper Countryman2017 MINI Countryman
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2017 Audi Q32017 Audi Q3
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2016 BMW X12017 BMW X1
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Quick Specs
It may be less mini than before, but the Mini Countryman now does a much better job of feeling like a proper crossover.
The 2017 Audi Q3 isn't the most space-efficient or fuel-efficient in its class, but it gives compact luxury shoppers the ride comfort, easy maneuverability, and flexible cabin they seek.
Pleasant to drive and built to a price, the 2017 BMW X1 is a mainstream subcompact crossover that is pleasant to drive but lacks the brand's "ultimate driving machine" performance.
The Lexus NX is a new direction for Lexus and a capable, smooth crossover that could use a little more smoothing around the corners.
The 2017 Subaru Outback is an extremely versatile, rugged, compact SUV that's relatively efficient compared to other crossovers.
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Cooper FWD2.0 TFSI Premium FWDsDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleNX Turbo FWD2.0i Manual
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Detailed Spec Comparison
 2017 MINI Countryman vs. 2017 Audi Q32017 MINI Countryman vs. 2017 BMW X12017 MINI Countryman vs. 2017 Lexus NX2017 MINI Countryman vs. 2017 Subaru Crosstrek