2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback

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2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 14, 2019


The Mini Cooper comes with host of styling tweaks and chassis tuning which makes it exciting as a daily driver. It possess an athletic handling and harsh ride when compared to the other cooper hardtops. Abundant options include adaptive dampers, adaptive cruise control, and more.

The three-door hatchback features a potent 228-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine. A standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic pair with front-wheel drive. The cabin is typical Mini with circular dials everywhere and it is much suited for two occupants rather than four.

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Pros

Wireless phone charging and Apple CarPlay

Updated infotainment system

New Union Jack-patterned LED taillights

An extra USB port and 4G LTE connectivity

Cons

Fuel Efficiency

Quick acceleration

High degree of personalization with plenty options

Fun to drive

What's New?

Stiff ride

Clunky automatic transmission

Cramped Interior


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31900

bodystyle

2dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

228 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

236 lbs.-ft @ 1250 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

58.5/58.5

dimensions

wheelbase

98.2 in.

length

152.5 in.

width

68 in.

height

55.7 in.

curb weight

2845 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

34 cu ft.

payload capacity

679 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/32 mpg

highway range

371.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback in British Racing Green Metallic color  2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback in Chili Red color  2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback in Electric Blue Metallic color  2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback in Emerald Grey Metallic color  2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback in John Cooper Works Rebel Green color  2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback in Midnight Black Metallic color
British Racing Green Metallic

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Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Safety

2.0

5.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Base

Base

power
228 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
26 combined

$31,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $31,900 MSRP (23/26/32) 228 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed manual front wheel drive 4   Starlight Blue Metallic
  Electric Blue Metallic
  Melting Silver Metallic
  John Cooper Works Rebel Green
  White Silver Metallic
  Pepper White

Expert Review

5.3

Overall Rating


The Mini Cooper JCW rivals with Honda Civic type R, Subaru WRX STI and Volkswagen golf GTI. All of them are spruced up versions of standard models like the JCW.


6.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 
 

2.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Features

6.0/10

The top JCW trim only comes in the two-door body style and packs a more powerful version of the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine found in the Cooper S. The sporty JCW adds 17-inch JCW wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a JCW leather steering wheel, a rear spoiler, white turn signals, and LED headlights.

Trims

2019 MINI Hardtop 2 Door

MSRP

$ 32,650

Features

2.0 Liter Twin Turbo Engine

 

Front-Wheel Drive

 

Sport Tuned Suspension

 

Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust

 

John Cooper Works Sport Seats

 

Wheels: 17" x 7" JCW Track Spoke Silver

 

8-Way Driver & Passenger Seat

 

MINI 6.5" Visual Boost Screen

 

D Stage Dual Driver And Passenger Front Airbags

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There is only one trim available but you can add several packages to make it more appealing which will substantially raise the price.

2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Engine and Performance

7.0/10

"Now, 16 years on, it’s clear Mini is not a passing fad. … From base car to feisty John Cooper Works editions, all 2019 Minis are a delight to drive, and they compete with cars such as the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic. Although these competitors cost thousands less, they don’t come close to matching the charm or premium retro appeal of the 2019 Mini Cooper."- Kellybluebook

Engine and Transmission

The john cooper works is the fastest two door mini producing 228 hp @ 5200 and 236 @ 1250 rpm from a 2.0 liter twin turbo engine. JCW’s powertrain is high revving for enthusiastic driving while the 1.5 liter 3 cylinder standard engine in the base cooper is well suited for low end torque. Each engine has enough pep for daily driving, though the four-cylinders deliver more robust power for passing and accelerating.

All of the Mini’s are front-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual transmission are standard while a 6-speed automatic is optional. The automatic variant is provided with paddle shifters but is sluggish in stop and go traffic. You can have a lot of fun with the manual transmission.

Models

Mini Cooper JCW

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf R

MSRP

$32,650

$35,700

$36,595

$27,595

$40,395

Engine

2.0 liter twin turbo

2.5L, Turbocharged, Inline-4

2.5L, Turbocharged, Boxer-4

2.0L, Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged inline-4

Transmission

6-speed manual

6 Speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual/7-speed dual clutch

7-speed dual clutch automatic

Horsepower

228 hp @ 5200 rpm

306hp@6500rpm

310hp @6000 rpm

228 hp @ 4700 rpm

288hp@ 5400 rpm

Torque

236 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm

295 ft-lbs@2500rpm

290 lb.-ft. @4000 rpm

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

280 lb.-ft. @ 1800rpm

The Golf GTI is similar is similar to Mini JCW in terms of engine output however the golf produces much more torque. The Honda Civic Type R and Subaru are way ahead in terms of power output and outclasses the other two.

Acceleration

The Cooper JCW with 228 hp on the tap is among the quickest car in this range. It shoots to 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds with the manual transmission and 5.9 with the automatic transmission. The short gear ratios in manual transmission and seamless power delivery will rarely have you wanting more. It aces in coming out of corner with ease rather than straight line acceleration.

Models

Mini Cooper JCW

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf R

0-60 MPH

5.9

5 sec

5.7 sec

6.0 sec*

4.6

Quarter mile

14.4

13.7 sec

14.1

14.5 sec*

13.4

Engine

2.0L

2.5L

2.5 L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.8

7.1

NA

6.5

NA

All of the rivals delivers similar acceleration timing while the Honda Civic type R is the fastest among all. There is not much of difference despite so much of power difference.

Ride and Handling

The Mini Cooper is sporty more than comfortable. It’s sharp steering and firm brakes let it tackle twisty roads with ease, and its firm suspension keeps it composed. However, that same suspension hinders ride comfort. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is not available.

The Hardtop's reputation for playful driving dynamics is confirmed, even on this base model. The high level of confidence encourages spirited driving. The steering is precise and great for driver who demands enthusiasm. For day to day use it can feel a bit quick or sensitive as it reacts to small inputs. The JCW surprisingly agile and predictable at corners because of its small size.

Braking

Mini cooper’s brembo brakes are sturdy and easy to modulate. The firm pedal helps you tackle the twisty roads with ease. Average stopping distance of 114 feet from 60 mph to standstill is bit long for this segment. The Mini uses a Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) on corners which monitors steering input and acceleration to determine the direction you want to go. In the case your Mini starts to stray, then the system applies correct brake pressure to individual brakes and adjusts engine torque to maintain the correct line. Also, the automatic transmission makes an abrupt noise when you come to a sudden stop.

Models

Mini Cooper JCW

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf R

Brake Front (in.)

11.6

13.8

13

13.4

13.4

Brake Rear (in.)

10.2

12

12.2

12.2

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2845

3117

3391

3062

3300

70-0 MPH (ft.)

132

142

*156

174*

159

The Mini Cooper JCW delivers the best braking performance because of it lowest curb weight. It outclasses the rivals and is very nimble on corners.

2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The peppy inline four is surprisingly fuel efficient. It returns 23(city)/32(highway) with six-speed manual transmission and a slightly higher 25(city)/32(highway) with the six-speed automatic transmission. The Mini JCW delivers a good dose of performance without compromising too much on fuel economy.

Models

Mini Cooper JCW

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf R

MPG (city)

25

22

17

24

21

MPG (highway)

32

28

22

32

29

MPG (combined)

28

25

19

27

24

The Mini Cooper JCW is the most fuel efficient and no rivals can match its numbers. The Golf GTI takes the second spot followed by Honda Civic Type R and Subaru WRX STI.

2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Interior

"[We like the:] unique style and driving character; sporty driving dynamics; energetic and efficient engines; surprisingly roomy front seats; quality cabin. [We don’t like:] Gets pricey with options; stiff ride, especially with the sport suspension and bigger wheels; clutch can be difficult to modulate; no collision-avoidance tech." -Autotrader

Seating and Comfort

The 2018 Mini Cooper JCW have the correct mix of innovation and retro kitsch. The huge circular central display 6.5-inch infotainment screen, and underneath it are flips and switches that look retro, yet control modern amenities. The front seats are fortunately one territory where Mini has left things present day, and these comfortable seats are supplemented good lumber support and headroom. Hardtop 2 Door and Convertible models can situate two in the back, while the 4 Door can situate three over, in spite of the fact that the center position is a tight fit.

With just two entryways, the Cooper is plainly not structured in view of a family and keeping in mind that the back seats are usable they are difficult to move into and just kids will be comfortable for long journey’s. Storage room isn't incredible for oddments inside the lodge and the storage compartment is smaller than most different vehicles in this class.

Models

Mini Cooper JCW

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf R

Cargo Capacity

 8.7

26

12

17.4

22.8

The JCW also loses here and have the lowest cargo capacity while rivals can hold a substantial amount of luggage.

2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Exterior

"The base Cooper is a terrific choice if you are looking for a fun, playful subcompact with more personality than other cars in its class"- Edmunds

Dimensions and Weight

The 2019 Mini cooper is the latest iteration of Alec Issigonis design, which has its own charm of retro styling that separates it from other subcompacts. Designers have done a pretty good job in updating the iconic shape. The low and wide stance helps in handling at corners with supreme acceleration.

 The 2 Door and 4 Door Hardtops are regular hatchbacks, while the Convertible's pitiful freight territory is gotten to with a back end that can be utilized for closely following. A "simple load" highlight lifts the lower segment of the texture rooftop to make a more extensive opening, in spite of the fact that it's difficult to get it back set up, so perhaps simply pack light. The Hardtop 4 Door is around six inches longer than the 2 Door, at a clean 157.4 inches.

Models

Mini Cooper JCW

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf R

Curb weight (lbs.)

2845

3117

3391

3062

3300

Length(in)

151.9

179.4

180.9

168.0

168.4

Width(in)

68

73.9

70.7

70.8

70.8

Height(in)

55.7

56.5

58.1

57.8

56.5

Ground clearance (in)

5.6

5.1

4.9

5.1

4.8

Wheelbase (in)

98.2

106.3

104.3

103.6

103.5

Track width (in) F/R

58.5/58.5

63/62.7

60.2/60.2

60.6/59.7

60.7/59.7

Dimensionally, the Mini is a compact car and it have got the smallest footprint among rivals. The Subaru WRX STI have the largest dimension and so the heaviest. The Honda Civic takes the spot followed by Golf GTI.

Exterior Features

  • Wheels: 17" x 7" JCW Track Spoke Silver -inc: Style 501
  • Tires: 205/45R17 Run-Flat
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Black Fender Flares
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim, Chrome Front Windshield Trim and Chrome Rear Window Trim
  • Chrome Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off

2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Safety

2.0/10

The Mini JCW comes with an Ultra-Rigid Body which reduces body torque and provides a super-tight handling. The Mini is loaded with 8 airbags and tons of other safety aids:

  • Brake Drying & 4 Wheel ABS
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag

2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Competition

Honda Civic Type R

The radical looking Honda Civic Type R impresses like a hatchback. The turbocharged engine is boon mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Civic have far better interior space when compared with the JCW. In terms of engine output the JCW lacks behind and also in overall performance. If practicality is your concern then go with Civic otherwise the JCW.

Volkswagen Golf R

The Golf GTI’s 2.0-liter engine produces 220 hp and comes mated to 6-speed manual transmission which is very rewarding with its slick gear shifts. When it comes to the automatic transmission, the GTI’s DSG is a better performer than the Mini’s 6-Speed automatic which feels sluggish at lower speeds. Even with excess curb weight and 8 hp deficit, the VW Golf GTI achieves identical 0-60 acceleration figure of 6 seconds. The GTI undercuts the Mini JCW in pricing. The GTI can easily accommodate 5 passengers and, with more cargo and passenger space and a more comfortable ride.

Subaru WRX STI

The Subaru is bigger in dimension than the Mini Cooper JCW and redesigned few years ago. WRX also comes with standard all-wheel drive which the JCW can’t match. The overall performance of of the WRX feels similar when compared with JCW while there is huge difference in terms engine output. The WRX offers more space and comfortable ride while the JCW lacks in practicality.

2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Final Verdict

The Mini JCW is powered by a potent 228 hp engine and goes from 0 to 60 in just 6.0 seconds. Its go-cart like abilities makes it a corner carver with stiff suspension.

The Mini Cooper JCW is for you if style and personalization tops your list of priorities. Quality materials and plenty of options also add to their desirability levels. The ride is firm and interior space is quiet limited yet sharp handling and spirited acceleration makes up for it.