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Mini Countryman John Cooper Works 2017 verdict and specs

The Mini Countryman John Cooper Works is a niche proposition that fills a gap in the market that wasn’t really there

Words ByNeil Winn

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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.

What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5

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Rivals:

Audi Q2

Seat Ateca


Mini Countryman John Cooper Works

Engine size 2.0-litre Petrol

Price Β£32,275

Power 228bhp

Torque 258lb ft

0-62mph 6.5sec

Top speed 145mph

Gov't economy (official combined) 38.1mpg

CO2/BIK band 169g/km/32%

Doors 5

Seats 5

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