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Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Mini Countryman

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What's Good

It's less mini relative to other Minis but still mini relative to most other cars.

There are multiple drivetrain choices.

In addition to the room inside, the Countryman also has 6.5 inches of ground clearance. This combined with the available ALL4 all-wheel-drive system makes it a great snow-day car.

What's Not So Good

The central touch-screen infotainment system looks snarky and can be frustrating to use.

Under the Hood

The Countryman's drivetrain portfolio expands to four this year.

There's the standard 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, which has 134 horsepower and 162 foot-pounds of torque.

You can pair this engine with either the standard six-speed manual transmission or the eight-speed automatic with driver-selectable modes and manual shift control. You can also choose front-wheel drive or the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system.

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