MINI Countryman vs. FIAT 500X

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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MINI and FIAT are typically known for creating tiny cars that are built to handle maneuvering and parking in crowded cities. Over the years, both brands have grown in size, and currently, the largest models in the FIAT and MINI lineups are the Countryman and 500X, respectively. These two crossovers fill a fast-growing niche known as the subcompact crossover segment.

Both of these tiny crossovers are great for buyers looking for unique and fuel-efficient people haulers, but which one is the better crossover?

See a side-by-side comparison of the Countryman and 500X »

What We Like About the MINI Countryman

When compared to the FIAT 500X, the Countryman certainly wins in terms of looks, as it has a unique design that still resembles a traditional crossover. The Countryman also has the optional John Cooper Works trim level, which turns the small crossover into quite the performer. Additionally, the Countryman has a long list of standard features, plus a huge optional equipment list and plenty of custom touches to allow the buyer to tune his model to his taste.

What We Like About the FIAT 500X

Fiat prices the 500X a good bit lower than the Countryman, making it easier to load it up with features without going over budget. Additionally, the 500X easily trumps the Countryman in terms of cargo room, making it great for those long trips with the family. The 500X also is far more efficient on the highway than the Countryman, which makes it the ideal long-distance cruiser.

Looks Versus Practicality

The Countryman certainly takes home the victory in the looks and performance departments, but the 500X is a more practical vehicle. The 500X has more cargo room, better fuel economy, and a lower starting price, which make it a great option for families.

Our Verdict: FIAT 500X

While the Countryman certainly has its place in the market, thanks to its more conventional looks and performance versions, the 500X just makes for a better family crossover. Our biggest determining factors were its greater cargo room, lower base price, and significantly better highway fuel economy. Otherwise, the Countryman and 500X are very evenly matched.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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