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New Mini Countryman Stafford Edition 2020 pricing and specs detailed: Audi Q3 rival gets sporty specials

The Stafford Edition is the latest in a long line of Countryman specials.

Mini Australia has released the Countryman Stafford Edition, a special version of its small SUV with a sporty focus.

The Countryman's Cooper and Cooper S variants are actually $450 and $150 cheaper in Stafford Edition form, at $41,750 and $49,050 plus on-road costs respectively.

That said, Mini Australia claims the Stafford Edition offers Cooper and Cooper S buyers savings of $4000 and $7000 respectively when their increase in standard equipment is factored in.

Specifically, the Cooper gets a JCW body kit, 18-inch JCW alloy wheels, front sports seats, Carbon Black leather upholstery, Piano Black interior trim and an Anthracite headliner.

The Cooper S goes a step further with a luxury bent, adding a panoramic sunroof, a Climate Package and sun-protection window glazing.

The Audi Q3 rival comes with four metallic paintwork options: Midnight Black, Light White, Chili Red and Island Blue.

For reference, the Cooper is powered by a 100kW/220Nm 1.5-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine, while the Cooper S ups the performance ante with a 141kW/280Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit.

Both variants are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that exclusively sends drive to the front wheels.

In a first for Mini Australia, the Stafford Edition will be available to order online, with buyers able to customise and place a deposit (with a preferred Mini dealer) for their example.

2020 Mini Countryman Stafford Edition pricing before on-road costs

Cooper Sautomatic$49,050