The Mini Countryman’s closest rivals fall in the crossover category, where it is competitive to buy and run. It’s not cheap and the standard kit lacks many luxuries you would expect, but residuals are predicted to be strong, retaining almost 50 percent of its value after three years or 36,000 miles – nearly 10 percent more than the Skoda Yeti or Nissan Qashqai.
Familiar option packs Pepper and Chili are available. Pepper gives you a few basics you might expect to get anyway like a leather steering wheel, on board computer and front fog lamps. Chili gives you all that plus automatic air conditioning, sports seats and steering wheel, five spoke alloys and some snazzier interior trim. A media pack throws in navigation through a funky full-colour screen , while the vision pack isn’t so much a pack than just the addition of adaptive headlights.
Then there’s the myriad colour combinations for the body, roof, bonnet stripes and door mirrors, almost as many interior trim options, plus a wide range of alloy wheels. You can see how it’s easy to add a fair few thousand to the base price of your Countryman.
The two-wheel drive 1.6 diesel model offers the most impressive combination of mpg, emissions and asking price. Adding four-wheel drive drops on all models, so be sure you want it. All of the petrol units deliver competitive but not startling mpg figures.