For With sensational pace and sharp handling, the JCW is great fun to drive. It looks good, too.
Against The JCW is the priciest car in the Mini Coupe range, both to buy and run.
What Car? says
Delivers all the fun and style that a car like this should. Cheaper versions make more sense for most buyers, but we wouldn't blame you for choosing the thrill-a-minute JCW.
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Target Price team says:
The Mini Coupe range doesn't really have trim levels as such. There are four versions available, but these versions are separated by their engines rather than the amount of kit they get. All Coupes come with the same basic specification, which includes alloys, air-con, parking sensors and a CD player with DAB radio.
The entry-level petrol, the 121bhp Cooper, has enough pace to let you enjoy the car’s fine handling, even if it’s not all that fast. The 181bhp Cooper S has much more razzamatazz, and gives proper hot-hatch pace. Because it’s also reasonably affordable to buy and run, this version is our favourite.
The range-topping John Cooper Works delivers even more searing speed. There’s also a diesel option, the 141bhp Cooper SD, but it doesn't feel anywhere near as fast or as sharp as the petrols.
Reader test team says:
I doubt you will find another Coupe which can do 0-60 in sub 6.5sec for less than £30k (from new) while still having as much fun as this car.
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