MINI

MINI HATCHBACK 2.0 John Cooper Works Premium Plus 3dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2151 g/km

The improved MINI John Cooper Works hot hatch gets a slightly sharper look and extra equipment. As before, it delivers a potent 231hp output. In addition, there's a chassis that has been forensically fettled, lots of the JCW good stuff inside and a price tag that's far from unreasonable.

GET A WORKS DRIVE

The improved MINI John Cooper Works 3-Door hatch delivers a maxi-sized helping of potency. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The improved MINI John Cooper Works hot hatch gets a slightly sharper look and extra equipment. As before, it delivers a potent 231hp output. In addition, there's a chassis that has been forensically fettled, lots of the JCW good stuff inside and a price tag that's far from unreasonable.

Background

It's not often that a car manufacturer allows you to buy one of its most powerful engines in its smallest car, so when the stars align in just such a fashion, it's time to sit up and take notice. That's exactly what MINI is offering in its John Cooper Works three-door hatchback and anything with the JCW badge attached to it tends to be a wild ride. So, if you've grown a bit weary of hatches that have piled on the weight and which, as a result, need around 300hp to put a smile on your dial, you might want to have a look at what the MINI JCW offers - especially in this recently revised form. It's a very beguiling blend of rawness and refinement that isn't even particularly expensive when viewed in the context of its key rivals.

Driving Experience

Against the clock, the latest JCW's 2.0-litre 231hp turbo four punts it to 62mph in just 6.3 seconds if you want to guide a stick round the six-speed gearbox, or just 6.1 seconds if you entrust the new 7-speed Steptronic auto 'box to do the gear changing. Flat out it'll hit 153mph. In a MINI. We'll let that number sink in for a moment. A key change with this revised model is the new option of adapative damping, a useful box to tick if the car will be used for commuting duties as well as performance driving. The suspension and the electromechanical power steering have been tuned to allow drivers to exploit the JCW's extra power and torque, and there are some fantastic four-piston Brembo brakes within 17-inch JCW alloy wheels although practically every owner is going to option in the JCW 18-inch alloys. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and Performance Control allow drivers of all abilities to get thrills without too much white-knuckling. Dynamic Damper Control adjusts both rebound and compression settings in the dampers and is an option that you might want to tick if your route to work takes in a variety of surfaces and you'd prefer to be able to switch between Comfort and Sport modes.

Design and Build

The JCW orders a supersized serving of styling, and although they will have you on first name terms with your chiropractor, the bigger 18-inch wheels do look utterly ace. Of course, MINI claim most of the external changes are absolutely functional in terms of aerodynamics but if we're honest with ourselves, we like them because they look good. This lightly revised model gets a slightly larger radiator grille, but otherwise, the look is much as before. Smart LED headlights continue to mark out this car and, as before, the JCW gets a model-specific front apron with large engine air intakes, distinctive side sills, a custom rear apron and a John Cooper Works spoiler. The interior gets the requisite sports makeover too, with bucket seats with integrated headrests in Dinamica/fabric, a multi-function steering wheel with shift paddles (in conjunction with Steptronic transmission), gear selector, instrument displays, stainless steel pedals and footrest and metallic sill finishers. As part of the most recent revisions, MINI's largest 8.8-inch central infotainment screen is now standard There's reasonable interior stowage space with various cupholders and storage cubbies. But rear seat space is predictably tight. And the boot's total capacity is just 211-litres, so you'll need to pack light.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £27,000 for this JCW model in 3-Door Hatch form, with just under £1,400 more for Steptronic auto transmisssion. There's also a Convertible version available if you want it. These kinds of asking figures might sound quite a lot for a MINI but when compared to similar rivals, they're really not too bad. Suspension technology has certainly moved on from the days when 200PS through the front wheels was a bit of a handful. Now, you need to add at least 100PS to that figure before the engineers start running into problems. Equipment levels are generous, as you'd expect for a range-topper. New kit additions on this revised model include Piano Black exterior and interior trim, Dinamica Leather John Cooper Works Bucket Seats and 17" Track Spoke Alloy Wheels in Black as part of the standard specification. As well as the big wheels, sports seats and classier interior finishes, the JCW gets a DAB stereo, air conditioning, Bluetooth and keyless start. As part of the most recent revisions, MINI has standardised its bigger 8.8-inch central colour infotainment touchscreen, plus auto headlamps and wipers and two-zone automatic air-conditioning. This being MINI, there's a huge amount of personalisation options, so you might well indulge in body stripes, technology such as a head-up display, MINI Navigation System, MINI Connect and traffic sign recognition. Standard safety fittings include front and side airbags as well as curtain airbags for the front and rear seats, automatic passenger airbag deactivation and front and rear ISOFIX child seat mounts along with all the driver handling aids.

Cost of Ownership

These days, this model uses a cleaner Euro6d-Temp engine. There aren't too many petrol-powered cars we can think of that can top 150mph and return almost 42mpg. To be specific, the combined cycle figure for the manual JCW Hatch 3-Door manual model is up to 41.5mpg (42.8mpg in auto form) and the CO2 return is rated at up to 155g/km for the manual (the auto is up to 150g/km). The MINIMALISM suite of environmental technologies include a shift-point display function on manual cars, brake energy recuperation and need-oriented control of the fuel pump, coolant pump and other ancillary units. It's all very clever.

Summary

The original stab MINI had at producing a John Cooper Works 3-Door Hatch version of its old second generation MINI Hatch model is fondly remembered - an absolute masterstroke. It was everything proper drivers would demand; fast, well-balanced, fun and it was clearly engineered by people who knew what they were doing. It was the perfect riposte to those who'd held fast MINIs to be all about style rather than substance. The replacement post-2015 vintage JCW 3-Door hatch has only built on that reputation, delivering more of everything. The pricing still looks reasonably keen for what you get and it's hard to argue with the efficiency of the JCW when meeker rivals can't get close to its economy and emissions figures. The only real fly in the ointment might be the styling, but that's a third generation MINI thing, not something specific to the JCW model. Still, that's a subjective issue for you to make your mind up about. When it comes to making all the right numbers, the JCW just hits bullseye every time. What was the old line? "Come at the king, you best not miss."

  • Electric front windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rear window wiper
  • Sun/heat protection glass
  • Rain sensor window wipers

  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Red brake callipers with John Cooper Works logo
  • 17" sport brake 4-piston fixed-calliper brakes front

  • Front floor mats in velour

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Flexible car sharing preparation
  • Mini E-call

  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance

  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation

  • On board computer
  • MINI TeleServices
  • Instrument cluster
  • Service interval indicator

  • Performance Control
  • Fully variable valve control
  • High precision injection
  • Double Vanos system

  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio
  • 8.8" touchscreen with LED ring

  • Side scuttle with MINI John Cooper Works logo in black high-gloss with red border
  • JCW Aerodynamic kit - Front and rear bumpers with sporty JCW styling and part-painted side sills with MINI John Cooper Works door sill finishers
  • John Cooper Works logo above an individual grille strut in Chilli Red
  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • Bonnet scoop
  • John Cooper Works rear spoiler

  • Rear fog lights
  • Automatic headlight activation switch
  • Rear LED lights with union jack design
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • White indicator lenses
  • 3rd brake light
  • LED headlight with closed ring and daytime driving lights

  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Rubberised stainless steel pedals
  • Leatherette gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • Anthracite headliner including grab handles and clothes hooks
  • Walknappa leather steering wheel with grey seam and John Cooper Works badge on Piano Black lower steering wheel spoke
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Cupholders
  • Tool kit
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Glove compartment
  • 12V Accessory socket in centre console

  • Interior lighting with 12 different colours across the dashboard, underneath door bezel with illuminated laser-engraved design on central display
  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats

  • Piano black exterior pack - JCW
  • Premium plus pack - Hatchback JCW

  • 6 Airbags - front, side, head and seat belt tensioners
  • 3 point seatbelts on all four seats
  • Single tone fanfare horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Passenger seat height adjuster
  • Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Storage pocket on back of front seats
  • Mechanical seat adjustment - forward/back & backrest for front seats and driver seat height adjust
  • Integrated headrests, adjustable thigh support for seats
  • Single front passenger seat
  • 2 seat bench in 2nd row

  • Start/stop toggle with keyless go
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser
  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate

  • Steptronic sport transmission

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • CO: 0.227
  • HC: 0.013
  • NOx: 0.01
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0003
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL: 212
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH: 217
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH: 154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH: 155
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 151

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.2:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1998
  • Engine Code: B48A20O1

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 6.9
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 40.9

  • Coin Series: JCW Premium Plus
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 231
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 28E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 32.6
  • Engine Power - KW: 170
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 236
  • Engine Torque - NM: 320
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1450
  • Engine Power - BHP: 231
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.1
  • Top Speed: 153

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: TRACK SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/45 R17

  • Width (including mirrors): 1928
  • Height: 1414
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 3872
  • Width: 1727
  • Wheelbase: 2495

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1275
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1710
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 44
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 211
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Loading Weight: 435
  • Max. Roof Load: 60
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 731
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8

  • Darkened rear glass: £250

  • Sport suspension: Included
  • Intelligent adaptive suspension: £0

  • Black mirror caps: £0
  • White mirror caps: £0
  • Red mirror caps: £0

  • Piano black interior trim: Included
  • Aluminium interior trim: £100
  • Silver chequered interior trim: £100

  • John Cooper Works bonnet stripes: £150
  • Body colour roof and mirror caps: Included
  • MINI Yours special metallic paint: £750
  • Bonnet Stripes - White: £150
  • Bonnet Stripes - Black: £150
  • Special metallic paint: £525
  • Special solid paint: Included
  • White roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Black roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Red roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Additional special solid paint: £525
  • Multitone Roof - Red: £650
  • Multitone Roof - White: £650
  • Multitone Roof - Blue with Black Mirror Caps: £650
  • Black matt roof rails: £150

  • Chester leather upholstery with sport seats, knee roll and door armrest: £500
  • Carbon black colour line - Knee roll and door armrest: Included
  • Dinamica/Leather upholstery with JCW sport seats: Included
  • MINI Yours lounge leather upholstery with sports seats: £500

  • MINI Yours special Metallic - Enigmatic black: £750
  • Special solid - Pepper white: £525
  • Special solid - Chili red: £525
  • Special Metallic - White silver: £525
  • Special Metallic - Island blue: £525
  • Special solid - Zesty yellow: £525
  • Special Metallic - Rooftop grey: £525
  • Special Metallic - British racing green: £525
  • Special metallic - Moonwalk grey: £525
  • Special solid - Rebel green: £0
  • Special Metallic - Midnight black ll: £525

  • Warning triangle and first aid kit: £60

  • MINI Yours lounge leather - Carbon black with sport seats: £500
  • Chester leather - Malt brown with sports seats, knee roll and armrest: £500
  • Chester leather - Satellite grey with sport seats, knee roll and armrest: £500

  • Dinamica/leather - Carbon black with JCW sport seats: £0

  • 17" John Cooper Works track spoke alloy wheels in black: Included
  • 18" John Cooper Works course spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres - 1TY: £700

  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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