All-new Mini Cooper Countryman JCW is a solid SUV with attitude

JOHANNESBURG – The brand Mini has changed a lot since BMW created it. It’s surprising how all models still wear the badge MINI, even though it’s very clear that there is nothing about the car anymore. Apart from the rather hefty price tag, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the car.
The all new Countryman has a four-cylinder engine that produces 170kW at 5 000-6 000 rpm of power and 350Nm of torque. The car is fitted with a standard eight-speed Steptronic sports transmission. The different versions of the vehicle have a four-wheel drive system as standard called the All4. This is the same system found in the Clubman JCW All4.
BMW claims it can run to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds before hitting a limiter at 234km/h. It is quite big and can fit in five grownups without any problems. The JCW looks on point with a sporty kit reiterates the statement, ranging from the large cooling inlets in the front apron, roof rails and the model-specific roof spoiler that enhances its ‘go anywhere’ attitude. You also get ABS and airbags for the safety of both driver and passenger.
The eight-speed gearbox works nicely but only if you select Sport mode, but in Green mode, the gearshifts become hopelessly slow. The Mini Countryman is priced from R606 500 and includes a five-year/100 000km maintenance plan.

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