MINI JCW Countryman Review

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When MINI the Countryman in early 2010, fans of the brand called MINI producing a larger seemed almost sacrilegious it

MINI released the Countryman in 2010, some fans of the called foul. MINI a larger four-door seemed sacrilegious it was the unthinkable like producing an all-wheel drive car (Achhem: the Ferrari FF). rules are meant to be broken.

In the of rule breaking, not only are defeated, but sometimes great new surface.

I was among the first to MINI s spicy new version of the in fact, it was still in prototype with swirly stickers parts of the body work, but the details were near While we were already with the dynamics of the Countryman S the JCW takes back-road blasts to a new level. We expect the Countryman JCW to go on sale in the North American in the second half of this

Starting with the Countryman S as a the JCW version adds several modifications, starting with the The new JCW version sports a suspension by 10 mm, with slightly stiffer rates and stiffer anti-roll now measuring 22 mm and 17 mm front and rear. The wheel size will 17 inches, with larger available as an option.

The rear brakes have grown by 16 mm to 296 mm (16 ), which should understeer while braking a corner.

The suspension is burdened a 1,460 kg (3,220 lb) curb a far cry from the original MINI s 616 kg lb), however the Countryman JCW up curvy-road moves that suggest it carries less than the scales confirm. The JCW may weigh twice as much as its forefather, but it s also more twice its size, and at least 10 more practical.

The same 6 manual as found in the Countryman S will be the stand-alone transmission in the JCW the 6 speed manual being the of choice for those who enjoy an drive. The three pedal was a joy to drive with precise and short throws of the stick. placement was a bit tricky for heel-and-toe with the brake and gas pedals a tick too far apart.

A wider floor-hinged accelerator would improve the situation, and the driving habits of JCW cliental, detail is more significant in cars with a less pedigree. The clutch pedal was a light for a hardened sports but MINI was quick to emphasize the Countryman JCW aims to please its as a well-rounded daily driver. 911 levels of clutch resistance likely deter many buyers from signing on the line, so a compromise was found down the middle.


On to the engine the brilliant 1.6 liter single turbo 4-cylinder found in the S has been massaged with variable valve lift standard, along with injection. MINI has taken a step further by remapping the ECU and the mechanicals to produce a substantial in power. The current 1.6 liter JCW as found in the Cooper JCW produces 208 hp, and the JCW s output jumps to 211 hp. This is a figure for a 1.6 liter, offering up a output of 132 hp / liter. Torque has the same from the previous s 207 lb-ft, producing 221 lb-ft 2,100 and 5,200 rpm with

The exhaust note is surprisingly and baritone for a small displacement 4-cylinder. We loved the growl car let loose as it reminded us that we in a performance car without being too or obnoxious.

Transferring all of this to the wheels is MINI s standard ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. is based on MINI s front-wheel drivetrain, but adds an electronically power-take-off differential sending to the rear wheels. Typical will see power sent to the front wheels, though spirited blasts you could see as as 100% of the power routed to the wheels, or 60% routed to the rear giving the car a surprisingly rear-wheel feel while accelerating out of

At 120 km/h the transfer case to tapper off the amount of power to the rear wheels, until the wet clutch-pack is completely opened at 140 rendering the car front-wheel-drive only this speed for reasons of conservation.

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So how does it drive? Carving snow and ice-covered Alpine in the heart of Austria, the Countryman JCW like a scared cat. feel and feedback is excellent and not down by the electric power assist (replacing the hydraulic assist of yore). The electric motor is mounted directly to the and can be dialed down by pressing the button on the main console. In mode electric assist is by approximately 30% according to MINI thus offering up raw information the steering wheel just the way we it.

Now if only BMW could replicate the and feedback of this EPS across the BMW line. Sport mode increases throttle pedal creating a more eager experience.

The boosted engine stiffer suspension settings, and system converge to provide a experience behind the wheel prodding the car s limits. Setting off on a road the Countryman JCW quickly a fast clip and seemed to beg for throttle. Whereas all previous JCW products featured front-wheel-drive, the JCW trumps all of them with its to put the power down through all wheels nearly free of steer or understeer.

With the dynamic stability system (DSC) partially the Countryman JCW will happily slide through corners at slip angles of approximately 10 to 20 before catching the car and bringing it in line. Turn the DSC completely off and you have your own version of s factory World Rally race car, with power slides a real We drove MINI s new Coupe JCW to back with the Countryman and for its more neutral handling, we choose the Countryman as the ultimate JCW MINI particularly if unfavorable conditions are in the equation.

Efficiency is in typical MINI fashion average fuel consumption of 7.2 per 100 kilometers / 39.2 mpg imp in the EU test US EPA figures are yet to be announced. These are particularly impressive when against the Countryman JCW s competition other marquees, particularly the thirsty Subaru WRX STI.

The of admission is yet to be disclosed for the US and Canadian Based on current MINI we would expect the Countryman JCW to somewhere between the high and low $40,000 mark. This may like a steep price but our seat-of-the-pants-o-meter tells us that it be money well spent if you a hankering for performance in a practical hatchback.

The MINI JCW Countryman made its public appearance at the Geneva show.

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