The 2017 MINI Countryman is the largest MINI ever made. But what exactly does that mean when cars are getting larger every year? And more importantly how does it relate to the rest of the automotive world?

– 3.8” higher seating position than MINI Clubman.
– 8” longer, 1.3” wider than previous generation MINI Countryman (R60)
– Roughly 400 lbs heavier than the previous Countryman (R60) in most configurations
– 47.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity with seats down, 5.4 cubic feet more than the previous Countryman
– More overall cargo capacity, more head room, more front and rear legroom, and more rear seat shoulder room than both Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA250
– Slightly more rear seat legroom than the Clubman with an identical rear cargo footprint (albeit a taller one)
– Roughly 200 lbs more than an identically specced Clubman

The Countryman is hitting European dealership as we write this. US showrooms should see the first demo cars shortly with first sales beginning in late March. Then in April the first JCW Countryman should land with the Countryman E plugin hybrid hitting the ground in June.