I bought the All4 about 5mos ago and so far so great! It sticks to the road, am getting good gas mileage, feels solid. Get the manual transmission, the salesman congratulated me several times for making that best choice. Haven't owned it long enough to comment on reliability. **Update**A year and a half later I'm still happy w/ it, which means no mechanical issues and a blast to drive.
Stiff ride, buzzy engine, noisy cabin, awkwardly placed switches, fugly exterior, poor fuel economy. The sport suspension ride was so stiff on the stock run flat tires that I bought a set of regular tires for it within a week. Doing so improved the ride, but I owned the car for 45 days before I couldn't live with it any longer, and I traded the damn thing in on a MUCH better car, the MINI S Clubman ALL4, and I LOVE the car. Before you buy an overpriced Countryman, test drive a Mazda, or a Honda, or a Ford, or, or, or... Do NOT base your opinion of the rest of the MINI lineup on the Countryman. MINIs are a hoot to drive. Just not THIS MINI.
If you're looking for an economical version of the Porsche Macan with plenty of practicality, this is the car for you. It's like the Porsche's little cousin when comparing handling, performance and styling. And, it's built to last.
Love the concept, but no power seats was a deal breaker for us... Special order was too long for delivery and too pricey... We bought the Lexus NX 200T with all options for about $2K less than the countryman or clubman...