Mini’s reputation was never about actually being small, it was about how that size allowed them to make a more tossable, fun to drive car.
The Countryman isn’t the agile microorganism that the Mini once was, but it still drives better than just about any small SUV. Maybe the Mazda CX-5 handles better, but the Mini’s turbocharged four-cylinder makes the car feel significantly quicker, even if it’s 189-horsepower rating only bests the Mazda by 2.
More importantly, the Mini comes standard with a manual transmission. If you’re at all concerned with having fun while driving, that makes it the obvious choice in the class.
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