The idea of an SUV by Mini may seem strange, but the Cooper S Countryman isn't exactly large. Puffed up just a little more than the standard Mini Cooper, it offers four-door convenience and a decent-size cargo area.
The Countryman is Mini's second major model variation, after the Clubman. It is designed as a compact SUV, a new segment that is expected to grow.
The Countryman looks much like a standard Mini Cooper, with similar headlight, grille, and roofline styling. Mini also offers the same kinds of graphics packages for the Countryman as it does on its other cars.
This rail system through the center of the car is convenient for cup and sunglass holders, but it ultimately proves a hindrance, separating the rear seats so that only four passengers can fit in the car.