When MINI introduced its Countryman in 2010, you may have assumed the world was ending from the way purists reacted. Sure, the automaker had already introduced a stretched version of the Cooper three years prior (the Clubman), but the larger, lifted Countryman was seen as a complete departure for the brand.
Despite the initial outcry, MINI fans came to embrace the sub compact crossover — as evidenced by the droves of them that show up each year during "MINI Takes the States" events. Today, the Countryman is one of the company’s best selling models, suitably challenging micro crossover rivals from both mainstream and luxury marques.
This year, the British marque introduced its second-generation Countryman, further stressing the bounds of what can be considered "mini" but maintaining the styling and substance that are expected from the MINI brand. Here are 10 things you need to know about the 2017 MINI Countryman.