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2014 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman

GAYOT Rating

High-Performance Station Wagon

A three-quarter front view of the 2014 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman
In short: A small and sporty all-wheel-drive wagon.

2014 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman Review

This Mini Countryman on steroids signed by John Cooper Works is inspired by its World Rally Championship lineage and Dakar Rally win. We found it to be practical and, like other Minis, easy to drive and park in the city. The John Cooper Works Countryman makes a fitting choice for those who need the utility of a crossover or station wagon type vehicle, but don’t want to give up sporty driving altogether. Thanks to its all-wheel-drive system, the JCW Countryman is actually one of the best handling Minis we’ve tested. Unlike the JCW Mini hardtop, which clomps and bounces down the road like a racecar, the Countryman provides a civilized ride as well. Its AWD setup also neutralizes the torque-steer that plagues front-wheel-drive Minis.

With an extra 200 lbs to carry around, the Countryman is not quite as quick off the line as the other JCW-tuned Coopers, but it’s not as far off the pace as you might expect. We found our example to be responsive and peppy, thanks to the extra boost pressure on its 1.6 liter engine.

Inside, the cabin has all of the cuteness and slightly toylike feeling we’re used to with Mini Coopers. The large round central speedometer pod now houses a screen hosting the MiniConnect suite of infotainment features. The tach, at least, sits right where it should, behind the steering wheel, and the HVAC system still features its unique rocker switches. Seats are supportive and comfortable.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile maintenance program; 12-year rust perforation limited warranty; 4-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance.

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Make: Mini, Vehicle Type: Station Wagon

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Base Price: $34,850 / As Tested: $39,345

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door station wagon

Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 with direct injection
Horsepower: 208 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 192 lb-ft @ 1,750-5,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight: 3,263 lbs
Wheelbase: 102.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 161.8 / 70.4 / 61.5 in
Turning circle: n/a

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multi-link rear

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control; ALL4 intelligent all-wheel drive; corner brake control

0-60 mph: 6.6 seconds
60-0 mph: n/a
Top Speed: 127 mph

EPA City: 23 mpg
EPA Highway: 30 mpg
Combined MPG: 26 mpg

Seating Capacity: 5
Safety: dual-stage front airbags; side curtain airbags; front thorax airbags; front passenger knee protection

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