A couple of months after our test drive with the Mini Countryman, we had the opportunity to drive the JCW version of this hot SUV. John Cooper Works or, JCW for short is the high-performance version of the Mini brand.
In fact, there is little extraordinary about this vehicle. JCW shares not only the same platform with the BMW X1, its corporate cousin, but also has the same, 2.0-liter, twin turbo, four-cylinder engine with 122 horsepower and 152 lb-ft of torque under its hood.
Like the strong emergence of sharing economy everywhere from Uber to AirBnB,, the not-so-new reality of the auto manufacturing is sharing platforms and components while keeping the distinct identity of each brand.
Some insiders may even go so far as to call this Mini “The British BMW”.
The performance Mini is not short of driving pleasure and in my subjective opinion, more fun to drive than the X1. With the sport suspension and tightly calibrated steering it demonstrates that it is differently positioned than the BMW. Mini’s biggest body style weighs 1,657 kg and still about 20 kg lighter than the Bavarian. However, expecting the go-cart like driving characteristics of of the original Mini is not realistic.
Here, we are talking about an SUV with utility in mind. Four people sit comfortably even for long journeys. With a low-centre of gravity the view is closer to a wagon than to an SUV (and this is the case without forgetting the real-wagon,the Clubman).
JCW of Mini is owned by BMW, the German company which is the biggest manufacturer of luxury cars. Not surprisingly, BMW expands its menu of SUV’s from top to bottom, from the almighty Cullinan of Rolls Royce to JCW, the performance cat.
Rnjoy the JCW and one day, toy may find yourself behind the steering wheel of of Rolls Royce SUV.
Base MSRP: $38,8900
Essentials Package: $1,450
- Panorama Sunroof
- Storage Compartment Package
- Heated Front Seats
- Centre Armrest In Rear
- Adjustable Rear Seats)
Wired Navigation Package: $1,200
- On-Board Navigation MINI Connected XL
- Wireless Charging with Extended Bluetooth and USB
- Wired Package
- 8.8″ Touch Screen
JCW Style Package: $550
- Chrome Line Interior,
- MINI Yours Interior Style Piano Black Illuminated
Stand Alone Options:
- MINI Yours Lounge Leather: $2,250
- 19″ PJCW Course Spoke RFT (19 x 8.0, 225/35 R19): $800
- Harman Kardon Sound system: $750
- Head Up Display: $750
- Metallic Paint: $590
- Dynamic Damper Control: $500
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio: $450
- Picnic Bench: $250
- Performance Tires: $50
Test Drivers: Varol McKars, Basak Mc Kars,
Pictures: Varol McKars, , Burak McKars
Test vehicle was provided by BMW Group Canada
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