Mini Cooper S Countryman All4

Mini Cooper S Countryman All4     Photo: Photo courtesy Mini USA

THE SELL: The SUV according to Mini.
THE TEST: The four-door, AWD Countryman is still a Mini (it's just 13.4 feet long), but it comfortably fits four six-foot adults, with hidden storage areas for packing in gear and adjustable rear bucket seats that let skis, boards, or rods fit easily between them. It's quick, tight, and responsive, but, since it's the biggest and heaviest Mini yet, the turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine (with 181 hp) felt a bit wimpy when passing.
THE VERDICT: Calling it an SUV is a stretch, but it manages to pack in four people (and 16.5 cubic feet of luggage) while still fitting into compact spots. $27,650; 25 mpg city/31 hwy; miniusa.com

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