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MINI John Cooper Works Hatchback review

2008 - 2016 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

At a glance

Price new £21,515 - £33,275
Used prices £1,969 - £14,574
Road tax cost £240 - £320
Insurance group 28 - 37
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 383 - 462 miles
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Pros & cons


High performance with strong fuel economy, good ride comfort as well as sharp handling


Hatchback models aren't very spacious for passengers or luggage

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


The John Cooper Works is the ultimate model in the MINI line-up and adds genuine high-performance and extreme looks to the already impressive car. Available in all seven bodystyles – hatch, convertible, Clubman, Roadster, Coupe, Countryman and the Paceman – the JCW models use the same 1.6-litre petrol engine as the Cooper and Cooper S models but tuned to deliver 215bhp.

This gives it impressive pace and thanks to tuned suspension, upgraded brakes and sharper steering, it’s even more fun to drive than the standard MINI – itself a great handling car. Fuel economy of around 40mpg and a superb value servicing package available from MINI dealers, means it needn’t be expensive to run either.