There’s no denying that we all have individual cars that we love. Some of us enjoy the sound of a mighty V8 engine emanating from a Mustang. Others prefer the purr of a Porsche six-cylinder power plant. And then there are those of us that have a love of hot hatches!
The Volkswagen Golf GTi is the car that started the scene back in the late 1970s. These days, many different cars get labelled as hot hatches. One shining example is the MINI John Cooper Works. It’s just all kinds of awesome!
You might think that the MINI isn’t what you’d describe as a hot hatch. But, if you’ve never looked into a JCW before, you don’t know what you’re talking about! Here is why more of us are buying the MINI John Cooper Works these days:
The “Big Bad Bruiser”
The British car marque describes the MINI John Cooper Works as the big bad bruiser. Even they describe the car as being awesome! When you find out more about the model, you can understand why.
Let’s start our automotive journey by looking at what’s under the bonnet. As standard, the MINI John Cooper Works comes with a 2.0-litre TwinPower engine. That’s right; the same technology that gets used by parent company BMW in their cars.
Already the MINI John Cooper Works sounds like a recipe for success! The 2.0-litre 16-valve engine boasts 231 brake horsepower as standard. Combine that with a car that weighs just 1.6 tonnes and you’ve got a phenomenal hot hatch!
Like an ordinary MINI, but faster
It will go from zero to 60 mph in a mere 6.2 seconds. You might not think it, but this puts the MINI John Cooper Works into sports car territory. It can also reach a theoretical top speed of 152 mph.
One fact that’ll surprise you is how the automatic version of the MINI JCW is QUICKER than the manual! According to official figures from www.coopermini.co.uk, the auto does 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds.
It’s even eco-friendly
When we buy hot hatches, we don’t always think about the car’s green credentials. After all: we purchase them for performance, not because we want to save the planet!
Still, it’s worth bearing in mind that the MINI John Cooper Works only has CO2 emissions of 133 g/km. That’s quite low considering it has a 2.0-litre engine under the bonnet! But, what you should remember is that all new cars must pass EURO-6 emissions standards.
The average fuel consumption isn’t too shabby either. Did you know that it offers a combined fuel economy of 49.6 MPG? Not only is the MINI John Cooper Works fast, but it’s also good for the environment and your wallet too!
What’s it like to drive?
In a word: brilliant. There’s no denying the MINI John Cooper Works is a real driver’s car. It’s a vehicle happy to drive on the tarmac or around a racing circuit. Either way, it’ll perform as you might expect. What’s more, it won’t leave any nasty surprises!
You can be sure that you’ll get a well-built hatch that handles like a go-kart on the road. The MINI John Cooper Works offers pin-sharp handling and that’s just what you need.
You also feel connected to the road beneath you. Some hot hatches make you feel like you’re floating on a cloud when you steer. That is something you don’t suffer from with the MINI John Cooper Works.
Even under hard acceleration, the car is up to the task. There’s no denying people love this car for that reason alone. Not just because of what’s under the bonnet!
As standard, the MINI John Cooper Works comes with an array of dynamic driving modes. For instance, you can disable or delay responses to the dynamic stability control system.
When buying a new model, one can specify an upgraded suspension system and larger wheels if they wish. Although it costs more, it makes the car feel more “tighter” around the twisties.
The MINI John Cooper Works also comes with an overboost function. That means you can have a little extra power on tap from the twin-scroll turbocharger. It’s as if MINI fitted a small bottle of Nitrous to the car! Only it doesn’t cost you a fortune!
Interior equipment is extensive
When you buy a MINI John Cooper Works, you aren’t just buying a car that offers lots of power. You also get to enjoy a raft of technology as standard!
Take, for example, the multimedia system. Few people bother with CDs these days. Especially when they stream music from their Apple iPhone or other smartphone devices. MINI fits an infotainment system that offers Bluetooth connectivity as standard. Plus, you can also enjoy clear radio transmissions thanks to the DAB tuner.
It also has a Bluetooth handsfree system so you can make and receive calls and stay safe while driving. The standard speaker setup is good. But, audiophiles can opt for a Harmon Kardon upgrade if they wish. Check out www.harmankardon.co.uk if you’ve not heard of them before.
It’s also possible to specify a satellite navigation system for the MINI JCW. Why bother using a separate device when you can use a built-in system? It makes perfect sense to pay the extra for it if you ask me! Other features that the MINI John Cooper Works comes with include air conditioning. One can specify climate control for a small extra cost.
When it comes to comfort, you get some comfortable JCW sports seats as standard. They are perfect for keeping you in place while you corner at speed on the track! They aren’t heated, but you can specify heated front seats as an optional extra.
There’s no doubt the MINI John Cooper Works offers a lot in a compact form. The latest model builds on the success of its predecessors. Only the range-topper can carry the JCW badge with pride!
If you’ve not driven one before, I recommend taking one out for a test drive. You will love it! Thanks for reading today’s review. I hope that you’ve enjoyed it.