Business Traveler (USA) - - SPECIAL REPORT -

from $26,950 Big, it seems, is the new small – wel­come to the largest Mini ever. BMW’s new Mini Coun­try­man is longer and wider than be­fore, as it grows to meet the new breed of crossovers and 4x4s. It has also grown in price, with a start­ing fig­ure north of $26,000, which is no small change.

For the first time, the Coun­try­man will get a plug-in hy­brid ver­sion, while that plus-sized ex­te­rior thank­fully means more space on the in­side. Add an elec­tric tail­gate, more cargo ca­pac­ity and clever touches such as a fold­out cover to pro­tect the bumper from clam­ber­ing dogs, and it’s sure to be a hit. With its con­tin­ued low ground clear­ance, though, don’t ex­pect the same 4×4 abil­ity as some ri­vals.

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