Debuts at the 2010 New York Auto Show
2011 Mini CountrymanUnder the direction of BMW, Mini has convinced US buyers that its OK to drop $30,000 on a loaded small car.
The Countryman is a larger risk-taker — its the first Mini with four doors and optional all-wheel-drive. Its 6.3 inches longer than the stretched Clubman, and the goofy-chic is amplified by a higher stance and buggier headlamps.
Inside, a rail splits the cabin in half lengthwise, replacing the traditional center storage bins and center rear seat. Instead, detachable arm rests, cupholders, and junk compartments can slide from front to back.
Smarts big small effort, the Europe-only ForFour, was discontinued after three production years. This kind of car isnt Minis core strength, either, but the crossover segment could use some more funk.