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The MINI Countryman is arguably the best small family car on the market thanks to its precision handling, excellent fuel economy, and abundant space. The latest model boasts a unique design that stands out from the crowd. Starting at an affordable price, competitors like the Subaru Outback don't stand a chance when it comes to value. Even luxury competitors, like the BMW X1, find themselves outclassed by the new MINI Countryman.

MINI Countryman vs Subaru Outback

  • The MINI Countryman boasts plenty of peppy turbocharged engine options while the Subaru Outback's standard four-cylinder engine feels weak for the size of the vehicle.
  • When it comes to weight, the Countryman undercuts the Outback by more than 600 pounds.
  • As for convenience, the Countryman boasts available keyless start, a feature the Outback lacks entirely. Heated mirrors also come standard in the Countryman, another feature the not standard on the Outback.
  • Safety is key in the MINI Countryman, which comes with standard Rain Sensing Wipers. The Outback lacks any comparable feature.

MINI Countryman vs BMW X1

  • The MINI Countryman starts at under $28,000, making it a much more affordable choice than the BMW X1, which starts at nearly $36,000.
  • As for base curb weight, the BMW X1 comes in at a hefty 3,697 pounds while the Countryman weighs just 3,300 pounds.
  • While both the X1 and Countryman earn an EPA-estimated 32 mpg highway, the Countryman earns better city fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city.
  • Drivers that love precision handling will find the Countryman's six-speed manual transmission right up their alley. The X1 only comes standard with automatic transmissions.
The MINI Countryman offers a roomy 47.6 cubic feet of cargo space along with seating for up to five passengers, making this car a great choice for families. The latest model year brings a new hybrid version of the Countryman as well. There's a lot to love about the latest MINI Countryman!

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