REVIEW: MINI JCW Clubman, Countryman in Malaysia

The 2020 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and Countryman are two of the most potent MINIs money can buy today, and they each get the same fire-breathing B48 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine as the tyre-shredding JCW GP. We’re talking 306 PS and 450 Nm of torque, circa five-second century sprint times, and a whole lot of drama, traction, and attention.

From the outside, the JCW Countryman is pretty much identical to the older model, but most of the upgrades are mechanical. This includes fitment of a larger turbocharger, a reinforced crankshaft, a redeveloped air intake duct, among other things. Together with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive, the JCW Countryman sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, before maxing out at an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

The JCW Clubman, on the other hand, is based on the facelifted F54 model. As such, it features more visual enhancements, such as the new LED headlights and tail lights, revised cabin, and larger vents to aid cooling. Equipped with the same engine, it does the century sprint in 4.9 seconds, but the two feel equally as rapid out in the real world.

If you strip away the brute from the equation, both cars feel every bit a MINI, from cabin design to onboard gadgetries and connectivity functions. The question is, are they too hardcore for the masses? Well, find out what we think of it in this video review.

GALLERY: 2020 MINI JCW Countryman

GALLERY: 2020 MINI JCW Clubman

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Matthew H Tong

An ardent believer that fun cars need not be fast and fast cars may not always be fun. Matt advocates the purity and simplicity of manually swapping cogs while coping in silence of its impending doom. Matt's not hot. Never hot.



  • vodka on Jan 09, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Rm280k S60 T8, cheaper yet way more powderful.

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    • seancorr (Member) on Jan 09, 2020 at 10:18 pm

      But runs out of oomph once the battery is flat and is only as strong as a 320i. Come 5-6 years when the battery KO then you get a big angpow from Volvo to replace the battery. Go watch carwow’s video of the S60 going against it’s competitors. The Volvo loses out on almost all aspects of their tests.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Jan 09, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Now these are proper JCW models. In fact the S models should have the same power output as the previous JCW generation. At the moment the S models are too weak to compete with the likes of the Golf GTI.

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  • Jeremy on Jan 09, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    From a family car to a hairdresser and yuppie car.

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  • Finally, the dynamic duo are together. Fatman and Robin-with-braces-and-can’t-speak-coherently. Keep that jacket on and add subtitles.

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  • Jay Law on Jan 10, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Test drive Cayenne available
    Test drive Countryman not available

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