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Overall Rating

4 stars

The countryman is a practical bigger MINI crossover its looks are controversial but is fun to drive.

For
  • More space whilst retaining MINI features
  • Efficient diesel engines
  • Fun to drive
Against
  • Looks are controversial and a personal taste but 30% of Brits seem to like it
  • Road noise can be loud
  • Few second hand bargains as keeps its value well
Road Test

Adding a bit of practicality to the MINI range the Countryman is longer than the usual models adding more flexibility and practicality. Almost 1 in 3 MINI sales in the UK opt for the Countryman. The size of a medium hatchback such as Golf or Focus. A high standard of specification as standard with front wheel drive or four-wheel drive ALL4 option. Inside is quite spacious even in the back with decent head and legroom. The dash is the same as in all MINI's so clean and clear with distinctive dials. 350-litre boot space that increases to 450-litres with rear seats pushed forward. Choice of 1.6-litre or 2.0-litre engine in petrol and diesel and a huge choice of trims. The 1.6-litre diesel engine returns a great 64mpg with road tax at 30.00 offering good running costs, however the Countryman isn't cheap it is over 16k new for the entry One D and residual values are high so there are few second hand bargains around. The Brits seem to like the additional space and flexibility of the Countryman.

Need To Know

Best Models: 1.6-litre diesel


Alternatives
  • VW Golf
  • Ford Focus
  • Vauxhall Astra
Mini Countryman (2010-14)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

3 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars

Reviews - Kia

Kia Picanto (2011-15)

Overall Rating

4 stars

The Kia Picanto has grown in size and looks, efficient engines and a high spec.

For
  • Mature, sharp angled looks
  • Efficient engines
  • Good spec as standard
Against
  • Un-even ride at high speeds
  • Kia have dropped the diesel engine
  • Increased space in rear but still cramped for adults
Road Test

The Picanto has grown up in looks for Kia's smallest model. The girly feminine edge has gone for a more mature, shaper angled look with a large rear window and strong bumper. Available as 5-door and 3-door body styles. The 3-door has a moulded sporty edge which is distinctly different from the 5-door and will appeal to the younger driver. The Picanto has also grown in size increasing passenger space and a larger boot. Inside has a simple layout with automatically controlled air-conditioning, electronic and heated folding door mirrors with side repeaters, automatic light control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, retractable dual cup holders, heated front seats and Intelligent Stop and Go that further enhances fuel economy. Engines are Kappa four-cylinder, 1,248 cc petrol engine that generates 85 ps and a three-cylinder, 998 cc petrol engine produces 69 ps. This combination of advanced technologies means that exhaust emissions have been significantly reduced, so that the new, petrol only, Picanto line-up will have a CO2 rating of 99 to 125 g/km. Fuel economy will range from 67.3 to 42.2 mpg, contributing to lower running costs. Competitively priced and cheap to run the grown up Kia Picanto is a small car that's grown up.

Need To Know

Best Models: 1.25-litre


Alternatives
Kia Picanto (2011-15)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

5 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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