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MPG: 27 City / 35 Hwy
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Used Car: 2012 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

Review Last Updated: 9/16/14

While many upscale small cars earn a better reliability score, critics agreed that the 2012 Mini Countryman has nimble handling and a lively turbocharged engine.

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Reviewers said the 2012 Mini Countryman feels underpowered with its base four-cylinder engine. As a result, they recommended the more powerful Cooper S Countryman, which comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and offers quicker acceleration. The Countryman comes standard with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are available. The 2012 Countryman gets up to an EPA-estimated 27/35 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. Reviewers said the base Countryman has a smooth ride, but some mention that the S model’s ride can be harsh over imperfect roads. Test drivers wrote that the 2012 Countryman has agile handling, responsive steering and smooth, powerful brakes.

Critics liked the 2012 Mini Countryman’s distinctive interior design and top-notch materials. Still, some reviewers noted that the buttons on the Countryman’s center stack can be confusing, and that the centrally located speedometer requires deliberate glances away from the road. They reported that the four-seat Countryman has plenty of room for 6-foot-tall passengers in the front and back seats. The Countryman has a maximum of 41.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is good for the class. Standard features in the 2012 Countryman include HD Radio, satellite radio and push-button start. Available features include Bluetooth, an iPod adapter, leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climate control, navigation, rear parking sensors and a Harman-Kardon sound system.

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Test drivers agreed that the 2012 Volkswagen GTI has ample passenger space and first-rate interior materials. Additionally, the GTI earned praise for its peppy turbocharged four-cylinder engine and composed handling.

The 2012 Acura TSX is available with a V6 engine that critics agreed delivers plenty of power. The TSX also pleased reviewers with its high-quality interior materials and controlled handling.

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