MINI

MINI HATCHBACK 2.0 John Cooper Works II 3dr Auto [8 Speed]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2156 g/km

The improved MINI John Cooper Works hot hatch gets a cleaner Euro6d-Temp engine 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 in quick. There's going to be a queue for this one.

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 cleaner Euro6d-Temp engine 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 in quick. There's going to be a queue for this one.

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. 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. Smarter LED headlights mark out this lightly revised version 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. The boot's total capacity is 211-litres. There's also reasonable interior stowage space with various cupholders and storage cubbies.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £26,000 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. 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

There aren't too many petrol-powered cars we can think of that can top 150mph and return almost 41mpg. To be specific, the combined cycle figure for the manual JCW Hatch 3-Door manual model is up to 40.9mpg and the CO2 return is rated at up to 157g/km. Choose a MINI JCW with the Steptronic transmission and you're rewarded with a car that claims a combined fuel economy figure of up to 46.3mpg and emissions of up to 140g/km. the figures are WLTP-rated, converted to NEDC2. 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 keen 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+rear windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rear window wiper
  • Sun/heat protection glass
  • Rain sensor window wipers

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

  • Mini E-call
  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming

  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
  • MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green)

  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation

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

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

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

  • Two central exhaust tailpipes with chrome finisher
  • John Cooper Works - aerodynamic kit, front and rear sport bumpers and part-painted side sills with door sill finishers
  • Bonnet scoop
  • Piano black border radiator grille with honeycomb structure in black matt and John Cooper Works logo with upper individual grille strut in chilli red
  • Side scuttle with MINI John Cooper Works logo in black high-gloss with red border
  • Piano black exterior
  • John Cooper Works rear spoiler
  • Metal look door sill finishers
  • Chrome plated fuel cap
  • Model logo on right of tailgate

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

  • Manual air conditioning

  • Tool kit
  • Cupholders
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Glove compartment
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • Stainless steel pedals with rubber inserts
  • John Cooper Works sport leather steering wheel
  • Mini logo projection on floor from drivers exterior mirror
  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • Knee roll and door armrests
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • Anthracite headlining with grab handles and clothes hooks

  • Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof
  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats

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

  • Front and rear head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Front and rear isofix with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest
  • Storage pocket on back of front seats
  • John Cooper Works adjustable thigh support
  • John Cooper Works Logo in seat

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

  • Gear change indicator display
  • Eight speed steptronic sport transmission, with gearshift paddles
  • Performance Control

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • Noise Level dB(A): 71
  • CO: 0.287
  • HC: 0.023
  • NOx: 0.027
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 142
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 223
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 221
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 226
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 161
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 156

  • Engine Code: B48A20O1
  • 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

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 40.9
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 56.5
  • EC Combined (mpg): 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 39.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.1

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: JCW II 8Spd
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 79
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 73
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 66
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 56
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 231
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 29E

  • 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 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.1
  • Top Speed: 153
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 32.6

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

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

  • Width (including mirrors): 1932
  • Height: 1414
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 3874
  • Width: 1727
  • Wheelbase: 2495

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1270
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1710
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 44
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 211
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 440
  • Max. Roof Load: 60
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 731
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8

  • Heated front windscreen: £150
  • Darkened rear glass: £250

  • Adaptive suspension: £600
  • Sports suspension: Included
  • Delete sports suspension: £0

  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

  • Piano black interior trim: Included
  • Mini Yours illuminated piano black interior trim: £250

  • Harman Kardon Hi Fi system with amplifier and 12 speakers: £600
  • 4 speakers in front door trims and underneath front seats: Included

  • MINI Yours special metallic paint: £750
  • Body colour roof and mirror caps: Included
  • Electric panoramic glass sunroof: £700
  • John Cooper Works bonnet stripes: £150
  • MINI Yours Special solid paint: £750
  • Red roof and mirror cap: £0
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £525
  • Black roof rails: £150
  • Bonnet Stripes - White: £150
  • Bonnet Stripes - Black: £150
  • Special solid paint: £525
  • White roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Black roof and mirror caps: £0

  • Colour line - Carbon black: Included
  • Colour line - Satellite grey: £260
  • Colour line - Malt brown: £260
  • Colour line - Glowing red with piano black trim: £260
  • Chester leather upholstery with sport seats: £500
  • Dinamica/Leather upholstery with JCW sport seats: Included
  • MINI Yours lounge leather upholstery with sports seats: £500

  • Driving Assistant pack with Active cruise control - Mini Hatchback: £800

  • Metallic - Starlight Blue: £525
  • Metallic - White silver: £525
  • Metallic - Solaris orange: £525
  • Metallic - Moonwalk Grey: £525
  • Metallic - Midnight black: £525
  • Metallic - British racing green: £525
  • Metallic - Thunder grey: £525

  • Solid - Pepper White: £0

  • MINI Yours Special Solid - Rebel Green: £750
  • Special solid - Chili red: £525
  • MINI Yours special Metallic - Enigmatic Black: £750

  • Warning triangle and first aid kit: £60

  • Comfort access system: £250

  • Chester leather - Satellite grey with sport seats: £500
  • MINI Yours lounge leather - Carbon black with sport seats: £500
  • Chester leather - Malt Brown with sports seats: £500

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

  • 18" John cooper works cup spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres: £700
  • 17" John Cooper Works track spoke alloy wheels in black: Included

  • 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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