Mini Countryman JCW gets facelift 23 | 07 | 2020

    MINI HAS UNVEILED a facelifted version of its range-topping Countryman John Cooper Works SUV. Like Mini’s standard crossover, which was also recently revised, the JCW version benefits from a similar range of cosmetic and technology updates. Set to go head-to-head with the likes of the VW T-Roc R and Audi SQ2, the JCW is available to order now. Prices start at £36,000, with first deliveries scheduled for November. (Related: Mini Countryman gets 2020 facelift)

    The JCW mirrors the new radiator grille and updated LED headlamps as first seen on the standard facelifted Countryman. It also gets the Piano Black styling package, which was previously an option on the outgoing model. This pack swaps the old car’s chrome headlamp trim, rear light bezels, grille surround and door handles for gloss black replacements. The diameter of the crossover’s twin-exit exhaust tips have also been enlarged to 95mm each.

    Buyers can also choose from two new exterior paint colours, Sage Green metallic and White Silver metallic, plus wider 18-inch alloy wheels are standard. (Related: Mini Electric has 124-mile range)


    Inside, the cabin of the range-topper again mirrors that of the standard crossover. There are two new leather upholstery colours —Indigo Blue and Chester Malt Brown — while there’s also some Piano Black trim for the dashboard and door cards. Significantly, there’s a new five-inch digital instrument cluster lifted from the new Mini Electric. (Related: Mini Sidewalk Cabrio revealed)


    Power comes from the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the outgoing model, and delivers 302bhp and 450Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Mini quotes a 0-62mph time of 5.1secs, with a top speed of 155mph.


    The Countryman JCW also benefits from stiffer sports suspension, a locking front differential, and an improved stability control system. It also gets larger disc brakes with four-piston fixed calipers up front and single-piston floating calipers at the rear. Adaptive dampers are available as an optional extra.


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    Jim McGill


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