Should I buy one?
With better body control, sharper brakes and slightly improved straight line performance, the JCW is objectively a better sports crossover than the standard Cooper S. And yet, we can't help but feel that the Cooper S will fulfil much of what the JCW is trying to do for less money.
It’s also hard to ignore a notably wide range of hot hatchbacks which are equally as practical as the jacked-up Countryman, and considerably better to drive. Indeed, a Golf R Estate offers a larger boot, four wheel drive, similar levels of cabin quality and sportier handling.
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Mini Countryman John Cooper Works
Engine size 2.0-litre Petrol
Torque 258lb ft
Top speed 145mph
Gov't economy (official combined) 38.1mpg
CO2/BIK band 169g/km/32%
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