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2024 Mini Cooper JCW Review, Road Test

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Mini JCW needs no introduction in detail. It has been a class definition worldwide. Every time a new avatar comes, it takes a big leap in performance, which it requires along with technology. How good is it this time? There are subtle updates over the previous version. Read on, as we prepare for you a report that tells you a lot about this iconic hatchback which claims to have relentless performance and redefines driving pleasure as Mini claims.

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On the outside, the grille size is surprisingly small and measures under four meters. This does make it look befitting with the spectacularly well-done headlamps. The grey color on our test car is just stunning, with the 18-inch alloy wheels adding more bling and subtly to the package. The JCW grabs serious attention on the road. The build quality on the outside seems and sounds great and it scores high on crash tests like any other Mini. The elements of the car, such as the grille, LED lights on both ends, the short length along with a sizeable wheelbase, make the Mini JCW the best-looking hatchback in the world.

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On the inside, the build, and quality are good and so is the expansive feature list we have explained time and again in our launch report. The dashboard gets a good-looking textured element that is illuminated. The A/C controls are also inspired by the original Mini. You get automatic lights and wipers to reversing cameras, front and rear parking sensors, and projector lamps, the car has a large dual pane sunroof, Apple car play, And Android Auto are now here. Ambient lighting is on offer and switch for it is on the roof with the sunroof controls. The LCD screen in the instrument cluster area has navigation and all fuel economy indicators and other bits can be seen with a touch of the toggle button on the left indicator stalk. A fantastic sound system by Harmon and Kardon makes the experience top-class.

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Space is a bit lacking at the back and is best for kids and short adults for intercity trips. The boot space is again less and that hampers every day duties, but in India, this a lifestyle vehicle over everything else. Road noise inside the cabin is also just about OK by luxury standards, given it runs very noisy and low profile tyres. Clearly much better than the previous version. Like any other Mini, it is still a pleasant place to be. Safety kit continues to be high with electronic stability control and six airbags, Hill Hold Assist, ABS and EBD, and more come as standard.

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All BMW engines are smooth, free-revving, and low on NVH and the one borrowed here in the JCW is no different in the Mini. Be it in any part of the rev range. Low range torque is good on the petrol that makes a massive 231 PS and 350 Nm of torque going through the fantastic 7-speed automatic. The engine is even peaky in Comfort mode showing how flexible and powerful this engine is. Eco mode and then sports mode is what we found ourselves using while driving in the city. Still, 0-100 km/hr under 6 seconds is mighty quick, and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/hr is on offer. Top-end is downright brilliant. This makes it good enough for city and highway duties and makes driving comfortable enough thanks to the precision in every driving mode. 9 km/l for in the city and 14 km/l on the highway is what we got in our run.

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The ride quality is borderline bone jarring stiff. The JCW is for the focused and relentless enthusiast only. High-speed stability is spot on thanks to the stiffness and a bit compliance. However, ride can get a bit bouncy on roads in country that have ribbed roads and not entirely smooth. Body roll barely exists while changing lanes, even at high speeds. Clearly a very agile and confidence-inspiring car to drive at any given speed. Steering is light, precise in the city, and has just about enough feedback on offer which makes the car fun and 100% confidence-inspiring to push harder in the twisties. The brakes are good with good pedal bite and more than enough stopping power. Overall, very easy-to-drive car despite its size while being performance oriented.

2024 Mini Cooper JCW Review, Verdict

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Mini continues to offer everything to everyone, but it still isn’t everyone’s cup of tea as the prices continue to be on the higher and sparse standard equipment means you have to dig in the accessory list to add what you like. If you can do that or live with the idea of the no-frills Mini, which is anyway a great value as it does offer a lifetime experience behind four wheels every single time you drive. The JCW cements it’s further with racetrack worthy performance for the road is nothing but sheer luck for enthusiast who can afford it.

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Read more at: https://www.thrustzone.com/2022-mini-range-india-launch-price-revealed-cooper-convertible-and-jcw-variants/

Mohit Soni
Mohit Sonihttps://www.thrustzone.com/
NOT A Commander, Director, Editor-In-This/ That, CEO, MD, President, Entrepreneur, etc etc. Just a first employee at Thrust Zone with a team of enthusiasts who love car and motorcycles more than anything else in the world, just like I do. Hashtag blessed

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