Unlike the conventional MINI Cooper S 3-door convertible we
drove earlier, the Mini Countryman Cooper S JCW Inspired variant is a
full-fledged four-door car which can seat five adults comfortably, has decent
luggage space and yet has the chic MINI tag attached to its name.
petrol 1998cc, 4 cylinder
8-speed automatic steptronic
with shift paddles
0 t0 100kmph
18-inch light alloys
The MINI Countryman comes in three variants with leatherette
Carbon Black as standard upholstery and leather Cross Punch Carbon Black for
the all-new MINI Countryman Cooper S JCW Inspired. The three variants are the
MINI Countryman Cooper S (Petrol), the MINI Countryman Cooper SD (Diesel) and
the MINI Countryman Cooper S JCW Inspired (Petrol). We got the Cooper S JCW
Inspired Petrol variant for a review.
The Cooper S JCW Inspired is powered by a petrol
1998cc, 4 cylinder engine that produces around 192 hp and a peak torque of
280Nm with a 0 to 100kmph in 7.5 seconds. The British Racing Green colour is
offered exclusively for the MINI Countryman Cooper S JCW Inspired.
Let me talk about its cool features, rather than doing the
usual review of a car.
The car is equipped with John Cooper Works
aerodynamic kit which is basically a rear roof spoiler and smart 18-inch JCW
thrill spoke alloy wheels. The car has a British Racing Green colour with white
roof, mirror caps and bonnet stripes in white.
The car has LED headlights, LED fog lights, rear
fog lights, chrome plated double exhaust tailpipe finisher, roof rails and not
to miss a panorama glass roof. The roof-rails are in satin-finished aluminium.
The car has silver-coloured side sill tops. The distinctive, slightly
asymmetrically rounded contour of the LED headlamp together with the radiator
grille produces a smart front view.
This car also comes with Comfort Access System
which in essence means that it puts an end to searching for car keys in your trouser
pockets, jackets or handbags. All you have to do is to approach the MINI, open
the door and press the start button. The unique key is recognised remotely by
the comfort access sensors. This is the MINI way of explaining the keyless
The all-new MINI Countryman is some 20 cm longer
than its predecessor and approximately 3 cm wider. Its wheelbase has been
extended by 7.5 cm. This growth has resulted in increased seating space for
five adults. The raised seating position ensures a good view for those inside.
Using the cargo function, boot capacity can be
increased from 450 litres to 1,309 litres by folding down the rear backrest
with its 40:20:40 split. This constitutes a maximum increase of 220 litres as
compared to the predecessor model. The Automatic Tailgate combined with Comfort
Access System allows the boot to be opened and closed just by waving your foot
under the rear fender.
There is also a picnic bench which once
pulled out keeps the fender covered and also has space for you and your loved
one to cosy up without spoiling your clothes. We find this the coolest of all the cool functions!
Inside you get to notice the JCW door entry
strips and stainless steel pedal covers. The John Cooper Works magic continues
in the illuminated cockpit with the JCW sports leather steering wheel that comes
with steering mounted controls.
The steering wheel can be adjusted for rake and
reach. For the driver there is a smart Head UP Display. Driver Assistance
Systems include Cruise Control, Park Assistant and Rear View Camera.
Luxury and utility inside include ‘leather cross punch’ sport
seats, 2 zone automatic air conditioning, centre arm rest for front and rear ,Harmon
Kardon hi-fi speaker system, MINI Find Mate and the MINI Wired Package. The
sports seats for the driver and front passenger can be adjusted for height and
there are electric seat adjustments with memory function. The MINI Wired
Package includes Navigation System Professional and MINI Connected XL 8.8”
screen with Touch Controller and Bluetooth mobile connectivity.
The iconic circular central instrument panel is
surrounded by an LED ring offering a brilliant colour display in 8.8-inch
touchscreen. The intuitive use is complemented by the controller on the middle
console for easy operation of multimedia, phone and car functions.
The MINI Excitement Pack features LED interior
and ambient lighting which illuminates the cockpit with a choice of selectable
colours as well as projection of the MINI logo from the exterior mirror on the
driver's side when opening and closing the car door.
MINI Driving Modes enable an individualised
vehicle set-up. In addition to the standard MID mode there is a choice of SPORT
and GREEN mode.
Driving is fun with the auto start/stop
function, brake energy recuperation, active cooling air flaps and
electromechanical power steering.
The 8-speed sports automatic steptronic
transmission in the MINI Countryman Cooper S JCW Inspired with paddle shifters
makes for a very sporty drive.
has not been compromised in this car as it comes with front and passenger air
bag. Then there are features like Brake Assist, 3-Point Seat Belts, Dynamic
Stability Control, Crash Sensor, Anti-lock Braking System, Cornering Brake
Control and Run-flat tyres as standard.
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