Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Standard electronic stability control and six airbags ensure the John Cooper Works is one of the safest cars on sale. The MINI hatch has also scored well in official European crash tests, with a maximum five-star score for adult occupant protection.

The hatchback version of the MINI John Cooper Works will feel small and cramped compared to rivals like the Renaultsport Clio 197. Rear leg room is tight and the boot is much smaller than expected in a modern small car with just 160 litres of space available (that's less than a Ford Ka). The 2009 Clubman version has more space with a 260-litre capacity, but rear visibility is poor because of the twin rear doors.

However the extra side door (on the drivers' side) makes getting in and out of the back slightly easier. The convertible actually has slightly more space than the hatch with 170-litres but it's still very small and with the roof lowered this is cut to a mere 125-litres so you'll struggle to carry anything more than a few shopping bags. The Paceman JCW's loadbay is 330 litres which extends to 1,080 with the rear seatbacks down.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the MINI John Cooper Works (08-16).

  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Telephone

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

John Cooper Works equipment

John Cooper Works standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
John Cooper Works optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Telephone

John Cooper Works World Championship equipment

John Cooper Works World Championship standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
John Cooper Works World Championship optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Telephone

Euro NCAP Rating

The MINI John Cooper Works (08-16) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 3 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 2 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.