The hottest version of Mini's Clubman, the John Cooper Works, takes on Mercedes-AMG's A35 hot hatch... on track! Which is the most fun to drive when (mostly) unleashed? Jamed Ward finds out.
Here we have the 2020 MINI Clubman and Countryman John Cooper Works, which has received a significant boost for the 2020 model line-up incorporating the usual trim, styling and interior updates, as well as a 55kW and 100Nm boost to the 2.0-litre engine. More power is always good, right? Scott Collie was at the Australian Launch to find out.
Smallest to largest, bottom to top, here's the Mini range. Although some of the models mightn’t be all that small anymore, there’s still a link between the three-door and the biggest, baddest Countryman.
With 170kW and 350Nm available from a 2-litre turbo, the AWD JCW Clubman has plenty going for it... until you see the price. This car is shown at €49,000 which is about $72k in Australia, plus on-road costs. That is one cool but pricey Mini!