The 2021 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works is a unique design, quick-witted handling and well-equipped cabin give it personality. It is also rich in history. JCW is a descendant of Cooper Car Company, which made the first Mini. BMW purchased JCW in 2008 and also owns Mini. The Mini range now uses the JCW badge to identify the go-fast models, including the hatchback and convertible. The JCWs get several upgrades over the standard model. These include a stronger engine and a sportier suspension. The Cooper JCW GP is a track-ready Mini weapon. It has more power, a large rear wing and a fantastic exhaust system. We found that the JCW hardtop rides stiffer than other competitors like the Hyundai Veloster N or Volkswagen Golf GTI. It is also more expensive. The Mini Cooper JCW is a tempting choice if you want to have fun behind the wheel.
What’s new for 2021?
For the 2021 model year the John Cooper Works Mini lineup will see only a few modifications, the most notable being the addition of JCW GP. The turbocharged four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces 302 horsepower. This is 74 horsepower more than that of the JCW standard. The GP model is also lower and features more aerodynamic elements. It has a rear wing that bolts to the rear hatch, which is almost embarrassingly large. The GP model also features a more powerful exhaust system and a modified suspension. A six-speed manual transmission can be ordered for the JCW hardtop; an eight-speed automatic transmission is only available for the GP or convertible models. Mini also offers the Signature trim package, which includes a 6.5 inch infotainment screen with navigation and Apple CarPlay.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The $12,500 price difference over the standard JCW hardtop means that you don’t need to spend a lot on the JCW GP, of which only 3000 will ever be made. Standard features include LED headlights and rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights and heated and power-adjustable mirrors. The “Save the Manuals” campaign! People can guess which transmission they would choose. The cabin also includes keyless entry and ignition as well as microsuede upholstery and Bluetooth connectivity. Standard driver assistance features include a rear backup camera and automatic emergency braking.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
Mini Cooper JCW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter Inline-four makes 228 horsepower. This engine can be boosted to 302 horsepower in the GP version. For the convertible and GP JCWs, there is only one transmission. The hardtop has the option of either an eight-speed automatic or a six speed manual. This latter model was new for 2021. All transmissions transmit power to the front wheels. A hardtop Cooper JCW equipped the automatic was able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds. The Hyundai Veloster N ran the same race in 5.4 seconds while the Volkswagen GTI automatic did it in 5.8 seconds. The JCW features more than the standard Mini Cooper. It has Brembo brakes and a more aggressive suspension. There is also an electronic locking front differential. This all combines to give it a precise handling experience that is a delight for enthusiasts. The Mini’s stiff suspension can cause the ride to be unpleasantly choppy when driving on uneven roads.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The EPA estimates of fuel economy vary depending on the body style and transmission that you choose. The JCW hardtop with 8-speed auto transmission returns the best fuel economy, returning 26 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. The manual hardtop’s fuel economy drops to 23 city/33 highway. The convertible gets ratings of 25 mpg and 33 highway, while the JCW GP earns 24 mpg in the city and 30 highway. Although we have not tested the Mini Cooper JCW on our 200 mile highway fuel economy route, we did observe 25 mpg mixed driving.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The Cooper JCW cabin is made of high-quality materials. The design elements used are unique and whimsical. The cheerful and 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.
Infotainment & Connectivity
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.