New MINI Countryman JCW: £42,120 price tag for latest hot SUV

The new JCW gets 296bhp and four-wheel drive

A new MINI Countryman has arrived, and to give it some sporty appeal a John Cooper Works (JCW) variant has just gone on sale. It features uprated performance and plenty of cosmetic tweaks inside and out. 

Since MINI revived the Countryman name back in 2010, the hottest variant of the car has been the JCW and the nameplate has returned for the latest third-generation model. The new MINI sits on the same UKL2 platform as the current BMW X1, but the formula remains the same as the previous car: a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine sends power to an ‘ALL4’ four-wheel drive system. Adaptive sport suspension has also been fitted to the JCW as standard, along with beefier brakes. 

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The new JCW has 296bhp and 400Nm of torque, which is 5bhp and 50Nm less than the old car. As a result, it’s a fraction slower to 62mph, taking 5.4 seconds instead of 5.1 – although that does mean it’s 0.2 seconds quicker to 62mph than the new all-electric Countryman SE. The JCW’s gearbox has also been changed from an eight-speed automatic to a seven-speed auto. With fuel economy standing at 36.2mpg, it’s also slightly thistier than the old model, although it gets a larger 54-litre fuel tank than the standard Countryman. 

There’s plenty on the outside to mark the JCW out as the hottest version. It’s only available in ‘Sport Trim’, with bespoke bumpers front and rear, a new grille design finished in gloss black, a contrasting roof and bonnet stripes. It comes as standard with 19-inch wheels, and 20-inch rims come in as a £600 option. As with previous JCW Countrymans, there’s a quad-tip exhaust system too, finished in gloss black.

The interior also gives a few nods to the extra performance on offer. The sport seats are upholstered in black, with red stitching and JCW emblems front and rear. The steering wheel is unique to the JCW as well, with silver accents and further red stitching. 

The Countryman JCW kicks off from £42,120 and gets a 9.4-inch central touchscreen, an uprated sound system, two-zone climate control, sliding rear seats and heated front seats, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, plus a new set of driving modes including a sporty ‘GO-KART’ setting.

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