The MINI brand is known for its iconic design, agile handling, and fun-to-drive personality. But what if you want more space, power, and versatility from your MINI? Enter the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, the largest and most potent model in the MINI lineup.
What is the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman?
The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is a compact crossover that combines a family car's practicality with a sports car's performance. It is the flagship model of the MINI Countryman range, which was redesigned for the 2025 model year. The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman features a striking exterior design, a spacious and high-quality interior, and advanced technology and safety features. But the highlight of this crossover is its powerful engine and dynamic driving characteristics, which make it a worthy successor of the legendary John Cooper Works racing cars.
What’s under the hood of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman?
The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology, which delivers 312 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This is an increase of 4 horsepower and 22 pound-feet over the previous generation. The engine is paired with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission, which offers quick and smooth shifts and paddle shifters for manual control. The transmission also features a launch control function, which optimizes the acceleration from a standstill.
The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman comes standard with the ALL4 all-wheel drive system, which distributes the power between the front and rear wheels according to the driving situation and road conditions. The system also works in tandem with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and the Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) to enhance the crossover's traction, stability, and agility. The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).
How does the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman handle it?
The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is not only fast but also fun to drive. It offers sporty, responsive steering, a firm, precise suspension, and low center of gravity. The crossover also features the MINI Driving Modes, which allow the driver to choose between Sport, Mid, and Green modes. The Sport mode enhances the throttle response, the steering feedback, and the exhaust sound, while the Green mode reduces fuel consumption and emissions. The Mid mode offers a balanced setting for everyday driving.
The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman also benefits from the John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Kit, which improves the aerodynamics and the cooling of the crossover. The kit includes a front apron with large air intakes, side skirts, a rear apron with a diffuser, and a roof spoiler. The crossover also features a sports exhaust system with two chrome tailpipes, which produces a distinctive and sporty sound. The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman rides on 19-inch or 20-inch light alloy wheels with high-performance tires, which provide a strong grip and a confident stance.
What’s inside the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman?
The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman offers a spacious and comfortable cabin that can accommodate up to five passengers and their luggage. The crossover has generous headroom, legroom, and shoulder room and versatile cargo space, which can be expanded from 17.6 cubic feet to 47.6 cubic feet by folding the rear seats. The crossover also features a panoramic sunroof, which fills the cabin with natural light and fresh air.
The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman boasts a high-quality and sporty interior, reflecting the brand's racing heritage. The crossover features John Cooper Works sports seats, which are upholstered in leather and Dinamica and offer excellent support and comfort. The crossover also features a John Cooper Works sports steering wheel wrapped in leather and has multifunction buttons and paddle shifters. The crossover also features a John Cooper Works instrument cluster, which displays the speed, the revs, and other relevant information.
The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is equipped with advanced technology and safety features, enhancing the convenience, entertainment, and protection of the driver and the passengers. The crossover features the MINI Connected infotainment system, which includes an 8.8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, and a Harman Kardon sound system. The crossover also features the MINI Head-Up Display, which projects key information onto the windshield, such as the speed, the navigation directions, and the driver assistance alerts.
The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman also comes with a comprehensive suite of driver assistance systems that help the driver avoid or mitigate potential collisions. The crossover features the Driving Assistant Professional package, which includes the following features:
- Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, which maintains a safe distance from the vehicle ahead and can brake and accelerate automatically.
- Lane Departure Warning, which warns the driver if the crossover is drifting out of its lane and can steer it back gently.
- Lane Change Warning, which warns the driver of vehicles in blind spots and can prevent a lane change if necessary.
- Steering and Lane Control Assistant, which can partially take over the steering and the lane keeping at speeds up to 37 mph, as long as the driver monitors the situation.
- Front Collision Warning with Brake Intervention, which warns the driver of an imminent collision with a vehicle, a pedestrian, or a cyclist, and can apply the brakes automatically.
- Rear Collision Prevention, which warns the driver of an approaching vehicle from behind and can activate the hazard lights and the brakes to reduce the impact.
- Cross Traffic Alert, which warns the driver of cross traffic when reversing out of a parking spot or a driveway.
- Parking Assistant, which can steer the crossover into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces automatically.