By Daryl Killian
In the realm of exhilarating performance, MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) models have always stood out, and the 2025 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman takes this legacy to new heights. Unveiled to a captivated automotive media audience at the national product reveal during Test Fest 2023, this example exudes a sense of adventure and versatility, encapsulated in a bold design and cutting-edge technologies.
Performance and Driving Dynamics
Under the hood the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman boasts a potent 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, generating an impressive 312-horsepower. The ALL4 all-wheel drive system ensures precise power distribution, making it a capable companion in adverse weather. Accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph, the Countryman should deliver thrills on the road.
Though, performance is not just about speed; it also incorporates the joy of dynamic driving. The high-performance braking system with Chili Red calipers ensures powerful and precise deceleration. The exhaust flap system, coupled with an exclusive JCW sound extension, not only makes the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman instantly recognizable but also enhances the emotional appeal with race-inspired engine tuning.
Innovative Technology and Safety Features
The MINI JCW Countryman integrates advanced assistance systems including 12 ultrasonic sensors and four surround-view cameras. These support partially automated Level 2 driving in the comprehensive Driving Assistant Professional option package. Notably, the vehicle can take hands-free control on highway-like routes at speeds up to 37 mph, provided the driver remains vigilant.
Bold Design and Aerodynamics
The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman embraces a minimalist silhouette, reflecting adventure and versatility. Additionally, the redesigned John Cooper Works logo, presented in classic black, red, and white, adds a modern touch. With a drag coefficient of 0.26, the Countryman stands as one of the most aerodynamic cars in its class, which is officially labeled an SUV for 2025.
The exterior design is marked by model-specific details such as dynamic elements with vertical reflectors, new MINI LED headlights, and an octagonal grille in high-gloss black. The contrasting roof in Chili Red, along with the increased height and width, creates a sporty yet agile silhouette.
Interior: Racing DNA and Immersive Experience
Inside, the minimalist interior features a simplified design with vertical door handles, air vents, and a two-tone textile dashboard made from recycled polyester. The red and black color scheme pays homage to MINI’s racing heritage, creating a cohesive and sporty atmosphere.
The anticipated immersive experience extends to an extensive range of features including the MINI Experience Modes and the go-kart mode, which promises sporty maneuverability. The central high-resolution OLED display, MINI toggle bar, and voice assistant offer intuitive control over various functions.
Price and Availability
The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, which incorporates a balance of performance and versatility, will be available in the U.S. with a starting base price of $46,900 plus a $995 destination and handling fee. Production here begins in March 2024, with the first units arriving at dealerships in early May 2024. The 2025 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman not only continues the tradition of exhilarating performance but redefines it, setting new standards in design, technology, and driving dynamics.