The most sporting of all MINI Countryman models boasts variable ALL4 all-wheel drive to guarantee unbridled driving fun, regardless of the weather or road conditions. This car breathes fresh life into the rally sport genes of the fabled classic Mini, giving it seriously addictive powers. The MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS Countryman climbs and descends mountain passes like nothing else on the road, and the temptation to feed a scenic tour over a twisty country road into a morning commute or weekend drive is all-too compelling.
The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is a finely judged sporting variant whose technical specifications promise outstanding performance.
Its 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with twin-scroll turbocharger has plenty of bite, developing 160 kW / 218 hp and peak torque of 280 Nm (207 lb-ft), which it sustains from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm. Its steering is direct and its thirst for action simply boundless; only cars with a razor-sharp sporting focus can make such claims. The driver has to wait just 7.0 seconds to see the marker on the Centre Speedo dart past 100 km/h (62 mph) and on to a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph).
The new MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS Countryman may be a dynamic performer, but it is also impressively economical: fuel consumption of 7.2 litres per 100 kilometres (39.2 mpg imp) corresponds to CO2 emissions of 167 grams per kilometre. Its handling and performance are matched by appropriately dynamic looks, inside and out. The sports seats, featuring heavy contouring on the cushions and backrests, offer excellent lateral support even through tight corners, while the steering wheel, handbrake lever gaiter and gearshift lever are covered in soft leather and, like the sport seats, have distinctive red stitching. Piano Black dashboard surfacing provides a suitable complement, although those with a taste for even sweeter eye candy can order the interior and cockpit surfaces in Chili Red.
Despite all this sporting zest, the MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS Countryman still manages to be a practical everyday car. Space for up to five combines with boot capacity which expands from 350 to 1,170 litres.
Read the full story by Patrick Solberg on the MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS Countryman in the latest issue of THE MINI INTERNATIONAL.