It has all the signature styling of a Mini - the racing stripe, the two-tone roof, the circular lights and fun exterior. It’s bigger, obviously, but hardly looks bigger from the outside. It’s still cute and stylish, though kind of bloated. But it works.
Inside, too, is designed with all the features you’d expect from a Mini. Everything from the circular frame around the touchscreen, which lights up like a rainbow (and amused the children), to the very cool and tactile start-stop button and the circular door handles which feel as great to open as they are to look at.
There are a few things which aren’t exactly the same, and I wish they were - rounded rectangular air vents instead of circular - but that’s a tiny thing on an otherwise well-designed car.
In the Countryman Cooper S you’ll get leather seats with a lovely suede trim, a leather steering wheel and gearshift, plus the old school speedometer is supported by a head-up display in the windscreen which shows your speed in comparison to the speed limit.
My car also had a large sunroof optioned in, which really lets in the light through the whole car.