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If you want the go-kart driving dynamics that Minis offer but need everyday practicality to haul people and cargo, the Countryman could be your happy medium to happy motoring.
If you want a compact SUV that's more comfortable and offers more room and versatility for the money, look to a mainstream crossover such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, or Toyota RAV4
Minis are known for their go-kart handling. Though not necessarily lightning fast, these diminutive British vehicles are immensely fun to fling around corners. That dynamic nature extends to the 2013 Countryman, but due to its larger size and added weight, it isn't quite as agile as its smaller and lighter siblings. For a crossover SUV, though, the 2013 Mini Countryman is immensely fun to drive, especially for drivers willing to shift for themselves via the snappy 6-speed manual transmission. Those drivers will also likely prefer the higher
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By AllMyCarsIsForeign (OR) on Sunday, May 19, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "a blast to drive, great handling, plenty of room,"
Cons: "ergonomically challenged center console and "rail""
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I've owned this car for almost a year and it still puts a smile on my face every day. You get all the driving fun and around-town convenience of a small hatchback: easy to park, great mileage, and fun in the curves. What is amazing is how spacious it is. Four full-grown adults can actually sit comfortably in this car and not feel crammed in. The trunk is more than enough for your average grocery run or shopping trip. What I still love is the turbo-4 engine and how this thing begs to be taken through some winding roads. If you want the mini experience, but want a bit more room, this is a great choice. I also think it's a great comparison to a GTI if you want a more distinctive exterior design."
By Casty (TX) on Friday, May 17, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Unique design but sacrifices functionality"
Cons: "Uncontrollable steering, uncomfortable interior"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Handles too rough. For the cost of this car - and as it is by BMW - you would expect a much smoother ride, Which it definitely is not. The steering is too hard to control. The interior design is all wrong - no cup or storage space. Mirror sizes are insufficient. A/C vents are improperly placed - they are directly behind the wheel so that your hands freeze before the inside of the car gets remotely cooled down. The sun visors are all too short to perform their function and are too small to attach extenders to. The center armrest is useless - it's too low and hides what little space you have. The center over-sized speedometer is also useless - the speed is also depicted above the steering wheel. The run flat wheels are too sensitive thus rendering them useless. Thoroughly regret the purchase of this vehicle."
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