While MINI’s lineup has gotten decidedly less mini in the past few years, it’s hard to be picky when the company is releasing products like the John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4.
Because while BMW has done a stellar job by carrying over the styling cues which made the original MINI vehicles such an adorable icon, the standard coupes are just too tiny for many buyers. So the addition of the Countryman line provided an option for those who love the spirit of the perky little Brit, but still need to, you know, carry stuff.
And the John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 will haul more than groceries.
Motivated by a 228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, this crossover will get to 60 in a respectable 6.2 seconds, and hit a top speed of 145 mph. Power is sent to all four wheels via either an eight-speed automatic or a six speed manual — though if you’re considering this car? You should definitely opt for the third pedal. According to MINI, the squirt to 60 mph is the same with either gearbox.
That said, the John Cooper Works bits ensure that it’ll be fun to drive even when you’re not indulging your lead foot. For the unfamiliar, JCW has been wringing performance out of the reborn MINI since shortly after its launch nearly two decades ago, and takes its name from the legendary rally MINI vehicles the founder’s father John Cooper built for racers starting in the early 1960s.
At this point, we don’t have any specific information on the suspension, but we expect stiffer shocks and beefier sway bars to make the John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4s more taut in the corners than their more modest brethren. Steering has also been sharpened up, and to scrub speed, there are Brembo brakes all around.
The Rebel Green and Chili Red color combo will be exclusive to the model, and racing-inspired touches abound on the exterior. Up front, you’ll find intakes where the standard Countryman’s fog lights would be, and the bold surrounds on the front and side grills conjure associations with some of Aston Martin’s recent weapons-grade variants. The cabin also features sportier touches we’ve seen on other JCW models, like bolstered racing seats, along with a unique steering wheel and shift knob.
Expect to see the John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 at your local AutoNation MINI dealer this spring.