Mini John Cooper Works review: lots of power – still missing something

Dan Prosser
1 Feb 2018

The JCW is bigger and more sophisticated than ever, but some of the playfulness we expect from a hot hatch Mini has disappeared

Evo Rating: 
Performance, limited run JCW Challenge is blistering
Ford Fiesta ST is still more fun


When the new Mini arrived in 2014, it was criticised for its bulbous exterior and chubby curves. However, the JCW’s bodykit makes the car look far more purposeful. For a start, 18-inch JCW wheels help to balance the proportions while large air intakes and new grilles set a much sportier tone.

In case the JCW’s more aggressively styled bumpers, diffuser and roof spoiler weren’t enough of a giveaway, a raft of JCW badges helps to set the car apart from the rest of the Mini range.

Eleven paint colours are available, including rebel Green, which arrives exclusively for the JCW. Buyers can also spec their mirrors and roof painted in Chilli Red, white or black at no extra cost, and Mini will even throw in bonnet stripes if you want them.

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