Just like with the Clubman, MINI went back to the drawing board for its new Countryman, and the result is a seriously talented small SUV. Sharing its platform with the BMW X1, the Countryman is 20cm longer, giving it a big boost in practicality. Your kids, dogs and luggage will all fit, and the quality and fit and finish of the interior makes the Countryman feel special. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is a cracker too, but the plug-in hybrid in the Cooper S E ALL4 might be even more exciting, with crazy official figures of 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds.
Price Ј25,340 to Ј30,540 Trim levels Cooper D, Cooper SD, Cooper S E ALL4 Engines 2.0 Diesel (148bhp), 2.0 Diesel (188bhp), 2.0 Petrol plug-in hybrid (221bhp) Engines 5-door SUV CO2 emissions 49 to 129g/km Combined fuel economy 57.6 to 134.5mpg