The Countryman is offered in various four-wheel-drive versions, comes with a bit more ground clearance than the average five-door and can be optioned with a roughty-toughty, SUV-apeing bodykit. Does that make it a crossover hatchback?
It’s easy to concede that it does, judging by the square-cornered, faintly macho styling. And yet stand next to it and see what Mini’s decision to split the difference between a five-door supermini and a Nissan Qashqai-sized soft-roader actually amounts to, and we’d defy you to conclude that this is anything other than a typical family hatchback.
Being 200mm longer than the car it replaces, at almost exactly 4.3m long, and less than 1.6m tall, the Countryman has the dimensions to fit that description. It has a little more head room than the average Golf-sized five-door, though, as well as a quite generous 450-litre boot.
Engines range from a 1.5-litre three-cylinder in the entry-level petrol Cooper and hybrid Cooper S E derivatives to 2.0 litres and four cylinders in the more powerful Cooper S, Cooper D diesel and Cooper SD diesel.
So, in what is becoming well-established Mini convention, there isn’t a remotely weedy powerplant in the range.