17 Sportiest SUVs Under $30,000 in 2020

2020 Mini Cooper Countryman
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17) 2020 Mini Cooper Countryman

$28,400 | U.S. News Performance Score: 7.1/10 | Overall Score: 7.8/10

What the 2020 Mini Cooper Countryman lacks in base engine power, it makes up for with its confident handling. The entry-level model comes with front-wheel drive and has a 134-horsepower three-cylinder turbo that’s matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. For 2020, the manual transmission option was dropped. 

Mini offers several powertrain choices and available all-wheel drive for the Countryman, but any of those upgrades would push you above our $30,000 price limit. Though it's the largest member of the Mini family, it's still a subcompact SUV – and one with limited cargo space, at that. 

The 2020 Countryman earns a spot near the top of our ranking of subcompact SUVs. It features an upscale cabin adorned with retro Mini touches. All 2020 model year Countrymans now come standard with automatic emergency braking.

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