If you're willing to avoid all options whatsoever, including one of Mini's six extra-cost colors, you can drive home in a brand-new 2011 Mini Countryman for the low price of just $22,850 (including destination). We went ahead and priced out what we figure would be a standard load of options and could just barely keep the price below $30K – ringing the tab up into the low $30s isn't particularly difficult, even without choosing the turbo model or all-wheel drive.
In fact, stepping up to the Mini S Countryman All4 will cost you $27,650 to start. And, as is typical with the Mini brand, a full load of options can send that asking price skyward in record time. In fact, we didn't have much trouble configuring a loaded Countryman S All4 up past $40,000 after checking a slew of option boxes – and that's before entering the coveted John Cooper Works accessories. See our screencap above for the MSRP carnage.
Go ahead and spec one out for yourself, then come back and report to the rest of the class where your own personal Countryman fell in the pricing scale. Thanks to all who sent this in!
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