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MINI Countryman - best small 4x4s

Don’t let the MINI purists deter you - the Countryman is a solid 4x4 with plenty of style and practicality

The Countryman might be far removed from MINI’s hatchback beginnings in terms of size, but it’s still great to drive. This is because the Countryman shares a platform with the BMW X1 - one of the best handling SUVs you can buy. 

The Countryman should be capable off-road thanks to MINI’s ‘ALL4’ all-wheel drive system which is available on the base-spec Cooper, Cooper S and the diesel Cooper D. The plug-in hybrid version and 306bhp John Cooper Works models come with ALL4 as standard. On the road, the Countryman is slightly firm due to the stiff suspension but the off-set of this is little body roll and engaging handling overall. 

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Given how the Countryman’s exterior is bold and divisive, the interior is typical MINI and is full of classy design touches. The quality is among the best in its segment with plenty of customization thanks to a long options list. If you’re looking to take your Countryman into the wilderness, it might be best unticking the ‘Sport’ package box so as not to scrape the 18” John Cooper Works ‘Thrill Spoke’ alloy wheels.

Best small 4x4s to buy now

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    1. 1. Skoda Karoq
    2. 2. Volvo XC40
    3. 3. Dacia Duster
    4. 4. Mini Countryman
    5. 5. Mazda CX-3
    6. 6. Jeep Renegade
    7. 7. Fiat Panda 4x4
    8. 8. Suzuki Jimny
    9. 9. BMW X1
    10. 10. SEAT Ateca
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