The 2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works (JCW) is a compact car that offers excellent handling and personality. Cooper JCW, a high-performance version of the Mini Cooper, tweaks its formula with upgrades like a stronger engine and a sport-tuned suspension. This tiny hauler is available in a convertible or hatchback and offers a fun driving experience with eye-catching sheetmetal and a well-designed cabin. The tradeoff for its sporty handling and firmer ride quality is that it’s more expensive than some rivals. This Mini is a great choice if you are looking for style and performance.
What’s new for 2020?
The Mini Cooper JCW will be available with an eight-speed automatic transmission for the 2020 model year. A manual transmission is no more offered. All models now come standard with automatic emergency braking.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The John Cooper Works hardtop is sure to please most buyers. The car is connected to the road by 17-inch silver wheels. All models include exterior features like rain-sensing windshield washers, front fog lights and a spoiler. Standard equipment includes a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, keyless ignition, air conditioning and Bluetooth connectivity. The 2020 Mini Cooper JCW features driver-assistance technology such as a backup cam and automatic emergency braking.
Transmission, Engine, and Performance
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine produces 228 horsepower, and 236 lb.ft of torque in the 2020 Mini Cooper JCW. The front wheels are powered by a eight-speed automatic transmission. A hardtop Cooper JCW was able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds. The JCW features more than the standard Mini Cooper. It has Brembo brakes, a sport-tuned suspension and an electronic locking differential. This all combines to give the car a precise handling experience that is a delight for enthusiasts. The Mini’s rigid suspension can cause a choppy ride on bumpy roads.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The 2020 Cooper JCW hardtop’s fuel economy is 26/34 mpg in the city/highway, according to the EPA. The convertible’s mileage drops slightly to 25/33 MPG. Subcompact cars like the Toyota Yaris (up 32/40 mpg), and Hyundai Accent (33/41 mpg) are better choices if fuel economy is a priority. We were able to get 25 mpg while driving a Mini Cooper JCW.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Cooper JCW stands out with its luxurious cabin. The materials are high-quality, and the design elements used are unique and whimsical. The cheerful circular frame that houses the touchscreen of the infotainment device strikes a happy tone. The Mini Cooper JCW isn’t as utility-oriented as other subcompacts. The Mini Cooper JCW’s back-seat legroom can be cramped for adults. The Mini has 8.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats in hardtop configuration and 34 cubic feet when those seats are folded. You get 19 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats in place, and 47.7 cubicfeet with the back seat folded. This is a competitor such as the Chevy Sonic hatchback. Only 5.7 cubic feet of cargo space is available in the Cooper JCW convertible’s trunk.
Connectivity and Infotainment
Mini Cooper JCW cars include a six-speaker AM/FM stereo system as well as Bluetooth phone, streaming audio and Bluetooth phone. You can add a Harman/Kardon premium sound system, navigation, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration and wireless charging to your devices. Android Auto doesn’t support the Cooper JCW.