Introducing the MINI Countryman John Cooper Works
The MINI Countryman John Cooper Works (JCW) is a medium-sized family SUV that has a number of performance upgrades over the regular model.
Those wanting something that is practical and immensely stylish will no doubt enjoy the regular MINI Countryman. However, those wanting a family car that can drop the children off at school and then provide a scintillating drive home need to consider the Countryman JCW.
Although the regular Cooper S model is a fine driving car, the JCW variant you see here benefits from a host of upgrades. Improved aerodynamics, a more powerful engine and an upgraded chassis all come together to enhance the driving experience.
Engines and Performance
The MINI Countryman JCW is fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces a substantial 306bhp and 331lb ft.
When paired with the ALL4 all-wheel drive system that features as standard, the engine's output allows the Countryman JCW to achieve 0 to 62mph in just 5.1 seconds. In addition, this family SUV has a top speed of 155mph.
While a traditional manual gearbox is not available, the Countryman JCW does come with an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. This gearbox has been engineered to offer optimal performance when accelerating thanks to the number of gears available. The flappy paddles behind the steering wheel give you full control when you want a more engaging drive.
Naturally, a bespoke exhaust system comes as standard, allowing you to enjoy the characterful engine when exploring higher RPMs.
Chassis and Handling
The regular MINI Countryman is already recognised for having a talented chassis, and the JCW model simply builds on the excellent foundations already laid.
The bodykit you see is not just for show, it features aerodynamic changes that improve grip, while the larger intakes help to cool the brakes. Speaking of which, the Countryman JCW benefits from larger brakes that include 4-piston calipers on the front axle. This improves stopping power and reduces fading during prolonged use.
While the ALL4 all-wheel drive system allows the Countryman JCW to develop immense levels of grip, it is the Torsen mechanical differential that really impresses. Distributing torque evenly across the front axle, the JCW feels composed through corners, and therefore inspires a huge amount of confidence.
The 18-inch John Cooper Works Grip Spoke alloy wheels look stunning against the Countryman JCW's unique colour scheme. However, optional two-tone 19-inch alloy wheels are available should you wish.
Technology and Drive Modes
The Countryman JCW comes with a selection of driving modes as standard: Green, Mid and Sport.
Improving fuel economy, Green mode is ideal for long trips on the motorway, or if you want to save fuel in traffic. Sport mode sharpens throttle response and opens up the exhaust system so that it pops and crackles during acceleration and on overrun. As you would expect, Mid offers the best of both worlds.
Fitted with a Comfort Pack as standard, you will benefit from luxuries such as automatic air-conditioning, heated seats and a front centre armrest. You also get a rear-view camera, which is accessed through the central infotainment touchscreen.
The MINI Countryman JCW comes with a host of driver aids and safety features, which include:
- Parking Assistant including Front Park Distance Control
- Intelligent emergency calling (E-call)
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
- Tyre Pressure Warning System (TPWS)
Countryman John Cooper Works Models
Countryman John Cooper Works
- 18" John Cooper Works Grip Spoke alloy wheels
- ALL4 all-wheel-drive system
- Torsen mechanical differential
- MINI Driving Modes (Sport, Mid, Green)
- 17" sport brake discs with 4-piston calipers
- Sport Suspension
- John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit
- John Cooper Works sport exhaust
- John Cooper Works spoiler
- Red brake calipers with John Cooper Works logo
- Automatic air conditioning
- Seat heating
- Storage compartment pack
- Front centre armrest
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The MINI Countryman JCW is the perfect car for the families who want a performance car, but need something with a large boot and plenty of room for the kids. Plus, with reasonable running costs and a quality interior design, the Countryman JCW makes for a great all-rounder.