First Drive Mini Countryman John Cooper Works SA Car Fan

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First Drive: Mini John Cooper Works

was quite a hubbub when the small and agile Mini all big and butch for the first time. Ray wonders how a twin-scroll turbocharged Cooper Works version of the will be received?

When the decided to launch a more car, called the Countryman, in Mini cleverly shrouded the affair with marketing and celebrated it as Mini’s biggest ever. They embraced the that it had four doors, it was metres long, it had four and four-wheel drive. When you aside, you can’t help but to yourself that the four-door was always going to be the next evolution for the much-loved Mini.

mind that the ‘three-door’ that preceded it, which had a that opened rearwards oncoming traffic and was a dismal faux-pas that Mini rather we all forget. You see, tried to make a small car added practicality, and it failed. So lax buyers only have to blame for the existence of the Countryman.

Ahem, anyway, the Countryman has five doors as far as I can count, but the sensible arithmetic, since its it has actually been a far more sales proposition for Mini I can only say this because a lady who lives in my neighbourhood, a Clubman for years. I always saw it the road, parked outside her


A year or so ago, however, I she replaced it with a Countryman.

admit that the Countryman is a offering, speaking of their customers, getting on in years, but yet more practicality. They say the comes from an existing need they’ve identified. So, than just putting it on and hoping for the best, they confident people want it.

It is a gamble and a tough ask when, the Porsche 911, your portfolio was once built on the of one, iconic model, the hatch. Since the return of the company has sold 2-million 1 800 of those have been in South Africa.

Not too shabby

Mini has now introduced the Mini in John Cooper Works to knock the Cooper Countryman S off the top of the On the surface of it, it is rather a curious to go this route, when you in mind Mini’s original was to fill a demand for a more car, not necessarily a sporty Now they are festooning their mommy-wagon with some ‘Hot Wheels’ readiness.

It at least shows a sense of and a fun attitude I guess.

On the exterior, the wasn’t exactly what call a looker to begin but the John Cooper Works do make an admirable go of livening up the It’s still a chubby like it s suffering the after of an over-indulgent festive season. Or is it one of monsters from my favourite games as a child, ‘Bubble ?

It has presence, sure, depending on how you the car, but you need to get the mixture right in this new world of customisable showroom cars.

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The John Cooper Works on bigger alloy wheels compared to a regular Countyman and the car as a has an increased ground clearance in the of making it more practical. of practicality, the Countryman has a 350-litre or 1 boot with the seats up or

It still retains the option Mini Connected , which is a that integrates your to the Countryman so you can tweet, facebook and to web radio while on the move. I have such a phone, but I do it is a brilliant system and the trend in mobile connectivity in vehicles. will also sell you a piece of interior design the ‘Mini Centre-Rail.’

The John Works Countryman obviously more power and torque, as is the illustrious name adorning the work. This matches with the extra traction of the all-wheel drive that as standard on the Works model. from the 1.6-litre twin-scroll is now 160 kW and the torque is 280 Nm with an overboost when you really leather foot on the throttle.

This 6-speed automatic is the auto box option in the Countryman and shares the line-up with a manual that is a little engaging to use. The car shows a lot of lag up at the reef, but while I threw the around a wet gymkhana course, I was to appreciate the quality handling and from the All4 system. consumption is rated at 7.4 L/100 km, CO2 emissions are 172 g/km for the manual and 184 for the automatic.

With the model now complete, from the Cooper to the Cooper S Countryman, both of can be fitted with All4 drive (exactly the same as the X-drive from a BMW X1), the John Cooper Works on top and starts from R433

If you’re into this I recommend the All4 John Works Countryman with the gearbox. It is probably the closest to Mini’s now non-factory run WRC car, or Peterhansel’s Mini Countryman Raid car that took him to at the 2013 Dakar Rally.

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