The 2020 Mini Countryman is a luxury subcompact crossover SUV in everything but its badge and has a price to prove it. We give it X out of 10 for the wide variety of options but take away credit for its quick-climbing cost. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

In base Classic trim, the Countryman gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, a dual-panel sunroof, synthetic leather upholstery, and a few more options for nearly $28,000. Any color other than gray costs $500 or more though, and only four colors are available on this trim. The 2020 version includes a 7-speed automatic transmission, heated seats, automatic climate control, automatic emergency braking, and LED headlights and fog lights, but only on the Cooper S model.

The Signature trim adds 18-inch wheels, parking sensors, and more paint options, as well as the choice for a bigger 8.8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, heated leather seats, and a convenience package among other packages available. 

The top-tier Iconic trim includes more color and 19-inch wheel options as well as nearly every option in the book including Harman/Kardon sound, a head-up display, and more, but costs a full $8,000 more than the base Classic.

At the top end, the John Cooper Works model gets a boost of over 70 horsepower for 2020 and comes with all-wheel drive as standard. It also includes performance suspension and 18-inch JCW wheels, as well as sport seats, but at over $42,000 to start and more than $50,000 fully loaded, its value is extremely questionable. At least it has 301 horsepower this year.

If you view the Countryman as a much more fun BMW X1, it starts to make a lot more sense. We wonder how many people see it this way, however.

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