2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman All4

A. J. Mueller

I really like this Mini Countryman All4; I really don’t like the Mini’s price. It’d be nearly impossible to tell people you drive a $35,000 Mini without people thinking you’re crazy. Granted, this example was loaded up with pretty much every option you can get. Best to take the All4 with a manual transmission and maybe the cold weather package; that should keep you well below the $30,000 mark.

When Mini said they were coming out with a four-door crossover I was a bit worried. Would it be a Mini? Would it drive like a Mini? Yes to both. The Countryman does a great job of keeping the fun driving dynamics we’ve come to love with the Cooper, but gave it a bit more space and versatility. It looks a lot better in person than in pictures too, especially in this white with dark smoked wheels.

If you can avoid checking too many option boxes, the Mini Countryman will not disappoint.

Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator

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