7. 2014 MINI Cooper S Countryman
Ah yes, BMW’s not-so-mini MINI. The Countryman is this iconic brand’s crossover option. It can seat up to five passengers, offers available all-wheel drive and dynamite on-road dynamics. Since it’s a little larger than a standard model you could think of it as a four-thirds Cooper.
The S model is hauled around by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, though the John Cooper Works variant is appreciable more muscular.
Of course one thing that sets MINIs apart from other vehicles is the range of customization options available to buyers. You can tweak very minute details from the color of the bonnet stripes to how you want the interior trimmed. But they’re not all worth the extra cash. For instance opting for the JCW Exterior Package will set you back $3,250. It gives you a few minor appearance add-ons including new bumpers, side sills and stick-on stripes.