2025 JCW Countryman gets more power but goes slower
Based on all-new Countryman model
Mini is boosting the 2025 John Cooper Works Countryman. The latest version of the JCW crossover will be the most powerful production Mini yet.
The hotter version of the new Mini Countryman gets a version of the same 2.0L turbo-four as last year. Power is increased from 301 to 312 horses, though torque is down from 331 lb-ft to “just” 295. That lack of torque might help explain why it’s half a second slower to highway speed than the old one. Taller and wider tires might add cornering grip, but probably also contribute to the lacklustre acceleration.
This Mini will still have max volume, though. A JCW “sound extension” makes the car louder when you fire it up (to the delight of your neighbours) and “intensifies the soundscape with racing-inspired engine sounds.”
John Cooper Works means upgraded brakes and a new suspension. All-wheel drive is standard, as is an automatic transmission.
The JCW Countryman is loaded up with cosmetic changes, too, including a red contrast roof, new bumpers and headlights, and John Cooper Works taillights. The cabin has Chili Red trim all over, in classic JCW form. It will have sports seats and a textile dash design exclusive to the car.
Mini says the John Cooper Works Countryman will arrive at dealers here in May. Pricing starts from $56,290. That’s about $4,000 more than the outgoing car.