Small SUVs, especially 2WD variants, are something of an anomaly in the makeup of the modern motoring landscape. They rarely offer the same space or practicality as a comparable hatchback, and they almost never deliver driving ability or comfort anything like that of an SUV. Therefore, in objective terms, they don’t seem to do anything especially adeptly – on paper at least. Regardless, their rampant popularity hasn’t stop manufacturers piling on to join the circus.
Two of the newest additions to the segment aren’t refreshed variants, but all new models – the 2017 Audi Q2 and the 2017 Mini Countryman, models we’ve put head-to-head right here. Actual titles: Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI S tronic design Edition #1 and the Mini Cooper Countryman. Let’s avoid referring to them by their full names then shall we?
The Audi Q2 follows hot on the heels of the rampant success of the Q3 and the Mini Countryman, while being counter intuitive to the Mini name, has proven to be the brand’s most successful model globally. You could in fact argue the Mini Countryman should be called Maxi, but that’s another story entirely.
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