It might cost more than before, but the Countryman is 20 centimetres longer, making it a true contender in the booming medium SUV class. There’s loads of space inside and refinement impressed our testers, as did the performance of its 2.0-litre diesel engines. You expect any car wearing the MINI badge to drive well, and the Countryman doesn’t disappoint, staying flat through corners with tenacious grip. The interior is quirky and well-finished, with lots of kit.
|Price||£24,425 to £29,565|
|Trim levels||Cooper D, Cooper ALL4, Cooper SD, Cooper SD ALL4, Cooper S E ALL4|
|Engines||2.0 Diesel (148bhp), 2.0 Diesel (188bhp) 2.0 Petrol Plug-in hybrid (221bhp)|
|CO2 emissions||49 to 129g/km|
|Combined fuel economy||57.6 to 134.5mpg|