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2011 Mini Countryman: You Think It's Expensive ...

March 04, 2011

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So the Mini Countryman is really quite expensive. Our long termer is $35,400, which seems pretty hefty given its lack of leather, power seats and navigation.

But then I got to thinking: Just as the Cooper S generally nets a premium over a similarly equipped GTI, how does the Tiguan compare to the Countryman? They're both small European SUVs with turbocharged engines -- seems like an apt comparison.

Well, a fully loaded Tiguan SEL with leather and navi hits the register at $37,390(!) A Countryman would be $36,400, albeit without power seats (why not Mini?). Interesting.

Now, for comparison, a loaded Kia Sportage Turbo goes for $31,990. Hmm, is that Mini character and superior handling worth an extra 5 grand? For further comparison, a comparably equipped Mercedes-Benz GLK350 4Matic would cost $46,370.

I'm not sure what conclusions I can draw from this. Perhaps just that SUVs are getting really freakin' expensive.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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