I love the way the car looks. The countryman has a meaner look to it than more traditional Minis. The wheel arches, height and front grill gives it a more aggresive look.
The dash is pretty similliar to other Minis but the countryman has so much more space for rear passengers to plus great boot space. One cool addition on the inside is a "Center rail" travelling the lenght of the inside. You clip on additions like sunglass carriers and ipod holders and move them backwards and forwards.
It's fast but cause of its weight not as quick as the cooper. But steering is light and handles very well around corners.
A lot more space in the back, handles very well and interesting interior design.