The SUV-like Countryman is taller than other Minis but still small and fun to drive. The quirky interior has well-shaped, comfortable seats. It's based on the previous-generation Cooper and retains its quick steering and fantastic agility, along with a stiff ride. The S has a punchy powertrain, and it posted a very good 26 mpg overall in our tests. Familiar Mini downsides carry over, including frustrating controls and a noisy cabin. All-wheel drive is only available on the S. Though the current car is still based on the previous-generation Mini, a Countryman riding on the new Clubman platform will be introduced soon. Reliability has improved to average, but the Countryman scores too low for us to recommend.