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The new MINI Countryman

builds on MINI DNA to create a roomy off-road adventurer.

The new Countryman is 200mm longer and 30mm wider than before, as it moves up a class into the C-segment.

That places it between the Audi Q2 and Q3 in terms of size – and those cars are its main rivals, Griebner told us. As a result, it’s the largest MINI ever; a 75mm-longer wheelbase gives it 50mm more rear legroom and 100 litres of extra boot space, at 450 litres or 1,309 litres when the seats are folded.

With the extra size comes a design that emphasises the SUV elements.

All UK cars feature silver roof rails and sill plates, which work with the sculpted sides and high shoulder line to add to the trendy off-roader look. Griebner reckons it’s one of the most masculine MINI designs ever.