This reviewer from the Wall Street Journal puts into words what has been my opinion about the Mini Countryman for a while. It's great my dad still gets to drive a Mini because of it, it's a great drive, I might even consider it myself if I was really pressed for space. But...
We'd never build a full-size Mini truck, would we, Meine Herren? The Germans burst into gales of laughter: Hah. Hah. Hah. Hah. Never a D-segment sedan? Again, Das ist nicht moglich!
Then Klaus from marketing pipes in: But we could sell a few thousand more cars if we just made them bigger.
Mind you, I think Mini is selling quite a few more Countrymans than "a few thousand".