Austere minimalism defines the Q2ís designer cabin. Attention to detail is as fine as anything with four rings on it, though hard plastic surfaces are surprisingly prevalent.

Touchpoints and switchgear are cleverly tactile, as is the slick gear selector action. Ergonomics are sound, particularly for the driver, and beautiful, clear instrumentation and a stylish, frameless mirror cap it off. But thereís not much in the way of surprise and delight.


Retro pastiche inside the Countryman will have some modernists turning up their noses.

Itís a little heavy-handed and lacking sophistication, but does furnish the Mini with a youthful character that brings a certain appeal. Build quality is as good as a Mini has ever been, and its equipment level is sky high, especially for a base model.

Better visibility and easy entry and egress make the Countryman more functional than Q2.