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Mini John Cooper Works First Drive Review

Mini John Cooper Works First Drive Review

Snapshot: Mini John Cooper Works is the powerful Mini ever made and it is not just a track ride, but also pushing the Mini to its limits. Read out what it has to offer.

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Mini’s John Cooper Works, one of the hottest hatches from Mini’s lineup and this one has been built keeping in mind, the wit of an enthusiast. The previous version was indeed a Cooper S packed with a JCW kit and not as a whole package as this one. Minis always have its own charm to drive, even if we talk about the one from the 60s. Though, the Indian market is shrunken for powered-up chic toys such as these, but they are really to have fun with and not a mass market chops. Let’s talk more about the powerful chunk in this Mini John Cooper Works review.



Body style is the same as Mini Cooper S, however, the JCW edition is spiced up with red wing mirrors and coloured sunroof along with black strip edges with a red surrounding running through the bonnet. That apart, more adding to the styling that one gets to see is a sporty bumper with bigger air dams, side skirts, and to add a touch of sportiness, a spoiler and chrome fitted dual exhaust tips and here, in this one, it is centrally mounted. That apart, the exclusivity of the Mini John Cooper Works comes out with the ‘JCW’ badging slapped on the front grille, fender as well as on the boot. What else it comes with an all LED headlamps and a Union Jack styling is what you get to see on the taillamps, a prominent highlight at the rear.




Exterior is not only where you get to know about the jauntiness for this Mini, the cabin too speaks out loud with the sporty seats contrasted with red colour and stitching and some suede leather added. The interior comes with the same fashioned circular theme. The centre console too gets touchscreen infotainment display within a round panel, surrounded by a light strip around. The round gauges move along the steering wheel when adjusting and not forgetting the HUD, which is an add-on of tech in Mini’s legacy. The seat adjusters are still manual like the ones on the Cooper S. The support and comfort levels of the seats are good for a fun ride in town, but more on the firmer side. The car offers two rear seats but it will do well for kids only, but this is more of a fun toy to be in and is all you get inside with Mini John Cooper Works price tag.  



Engine, gearbox and performance

Mini John Cooper Works’ specs include a 2.0-litre petrol engine but this one juices out 228 bhp with 320 Nm and these power figures are transferred through a torque converter, however, it is not a 7-speed automatic from the Cooper S but an 8-speed dual clutch automatic. It is précised and even when changing the shifts via paddle shifters that make it more favourable as a track junky. Rushes through the corners with ease and effortlessly. Performance is what you get in plenty here; 0 to 100 kmph in a mere over 6 seconds is not bad, isn’t it?


As we drove it on the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT), catching the apex line was not difficult at all, with its nippy acceleration. You want the gearbox to be smooth, it will work that way on automatic mode or if you rather ask for a quick shift, it will do as commanded with paddle shifters. What buyers will love about Mini John Cooper Works hatch is the sound of blasts and bangs coming out of the exhaust that will just enthral you to push it harder.

Ride and Handling

The suspension is stiff, that simply means and getting into the corners and even goes out sprightly, when taking the right apex. This is what an agile suspension usually feels like, but don’t think of the JCW will take a bumpy ride easily that it will soak in. There is a sense of twitchiness as well, as it gets on further with high speed, it does call for a firm hand and is also manageable with the load sent to the stiff chassis by the nicely-tuned suspension setup. Surely, it will be an exaggeration to call it a race car, but it is the heart of the John Cooper Works Mini and some tuning like the suspension set up (tautness of dampers), agile chassis and direct steering that we would rather call it something special than just a hot hatch.



There is no doubt that it is a fun car to drive and own one. It has a laudy appearance, charming appeal, powerful engine and exhaust popping-out loud will surely lure the buyers to impress someone. Though, a little less practical, but even after, being expensive, if you are thinking to own and add it to your garage line up, you will always love to go for a spin any time you want in John Cooper Works Mini. 

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