The 2025 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman has arrived as the biggest and buffest version of itself thus far, and it gets a bump up in power to help hustle it along. Now with 312 horsepower, the new JCW Countryman isn't any quicker off the line; initial performance specs suggest it'll be more or less on par with the outgoing model, considering it's bigger and heavier. But the tradeoff is not just fresh new looks. The new John Cooper Works Countryman has more space inside for passengers and cargo, and seeks to maximize comfort without expecting drivers to sacrifice driving enjoyment. The new Mini JCW Countryman starts at just under $47k.
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2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed DCT Automatic
With production scheduled to start in March 2024, the release date for the new Mini John Cooper Works Countryman is set for early May of the same year.
The 2025 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman has a starting price of $46,900 in the USA, excluding destination fees of $995. This is obviously more expensive than the 2024 version, but considering the upgrades and changes to the now slightly chunkier crossover, it's not unreasonable. It's also still quite a bit cheaper than what you'd pay for the BMW X2 in M35i guise. The Bimmer crossover has an MSRP of $51,400, before options, and is on par with the JCW Countryman in terms of performance specs.
Other rivals include the hybrid Alfa Romeo Tonale, which in top specification breaches the $50k mark, but has only 285 hp. A better comparison can be drawn with the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35, which gets slightly lower horsepower figures but is just as quick to 60 mph, and barely stays under the $50k mark for the 2023 model year.
Exterior changes to the Mini JCW Countryman are extensive, and the car now looks more like the SUV classification its dimensions see it fit into. Despite looking vastly different, the JCW Countryman's relatively unfussy silhouette speaks to both modernity and simplicity. The automaker makes a big deal of the drag coefficient of the new Mini John Cooper Works Countryman SUV being just 0.26. It's still a blocky little crossover, but there are certainly more aerodynamic elements at play. This includes the two air intakes flanking the grille, which bear vertical reflectors.
The grille itself is a new octagonal design in high-gloss black that does a good job of emphasizing the width and wider stance of the new JCW Countryman. Unique to this model are Mini LED headlights with horizontal bars in JCW Signature Mode and, for the first time, the new JCW checkered flag logo is present. The red, black, and white logo features on the nose, tail, and on the accent element between the roof and window near the C-pillar. The pictures below show this off in red, which matches the roof and mirror caps. The floating roof effect is created by means of blacked-out pillars, and the roof slopes a little at the rear for a sleeker look, culminating in a wraparound spoiler.
Further Chili Red accents are found on the brake calipers. Speaking of the wheels, the 2025 JCW Countryman rolls on aero-enhanced 19- or 20-inch wheels exclusively available to the JCW Countryman. At the tail end, there are quad tailpipes that underscore the JCW's sporting intent, and John Cooper Works Signature Modetail lights that are vertical and frame the body.
We're unsure of all the exterior colors available to the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman, but it's shown here in Legend Grey with a Chili Red roof and exterior accents.
The dimensions for the 2025 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman haven't been disclosed yet, but we can use the current model as a guide, knowing the new car is larger and stockier than before.
The 2024 version measured 169.7 inches in length and 78.8 inches from the tip of one mirror to the other. It stands 61.3 inches in height. The wheelbase is 105.1 inches, and curb weight is 3,688 pounds. With its increased size and heft - the largest JCW Countryman yet - we expect it to tip the scales closer to the 3,800-lbs mark than ever before.
The new Mini JCW Countryman has grown in proportions and presence, and to move it around with any semblance of athleticism required a boost in power. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine powering the Mini JCW Countryman has been tweaked to make 312 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque - an increase of 11 hp but a deficit of 36 lb-ft over the outgoing model. The 2024 version could do the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.9 seconds, but since it's put on a few pounds, the 2025 JCW Countryman will likely just maintain that sprint time (0-62 mph is quoted at 5.4 seconds). Top speed is 155 mph, and helping to get you there is a seven-speed DCT and the brand's all-wheel-drive system.
The manufacturer says the Mini JCW Countryman is capable off-road, but that refers more to grassy fields, dirt roads, and the occasional pavement rather than any real off-roading trails. The engine has been upgraded with optimized pistons, connecting rods, and engine mounts, but nothing has been said about changes to the suspension setup. It's likely the new JCW Countryman will get adaptive suspension like on the X2, though. The Mini JCW Countryman gets a high-performance braking system as standard.
The exhaust system on the JCW has been designed to make the car stand out, and this is augmented by what the brand calls a 'sound extension' exclusive to the model, which adds to the engine sounds at startup, probably playing through the speakers.
Driving the new Mini JCW Countryman SUV will be easier than before, too, thanks to Level 2 autonomous driving that uses 12 ultrasonic sensors and four surround-view cameras as part of the optional Driving Assistant Professional Package. It can identify gaps in traffic and bring the vehicle to the best speed for assisted lane changes. It also allows hands-free driving on 'highway routes' at up to 37 mph.
As with some of the other specs pertaining to the Mini JCW Countryman, gas mileage figures are yet to be made public. The outgoing model manages fuel economy figures of 24/30/26 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycle. The new model won't likely improve on these, considering it's both heavier and makes more horsepower.
The old model had a fuel tank capacity of 16.1 gallons, which allowed for a range of about 418 miles. We'll have to wait and see whether the new model gets a bigger gas tank to offset the larger body.
The interior of the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman is quite unique, and although the automaker calls it a simplified design, it's still a contemporary - and rather busy - cabin with lots to take in. Inside, things are split into upper and lower sections, with the lower half dressed in plain black and kept simple. The upper half, including the dashboard and door cards, gets a red and black color scheme, which is carried through to the JCW Sport seats. The steering wheel, a perforated leather-wrapped item with thumb grips and red contrast stitching, echoes this, with the red and black being a nod to the brand's racing heritage.
The dash is most eye-catching, and it's wrapped in a two-tone textile that is made from recycled polyester. The lack of a traditional driver's information cluster, chunky vertical air vents, and the eccentric circular OLED display mounted in the center of the dash add to the novelty of the JCW Countryman's cockpit. It does add to the sense of spaciousness, however.
The round OLED screen houses the infotainment system and takes care of vehicle functions and Experience Modes such as Go-Kart Mode. A standard head-up display augments that with pertinent information about speed, rpm, and more. There are toggles below the OLED screen to control some of these functions in conjunction with steering wheel controls for multimedia settings. The central display can also set up your preferred driving ambiance, and there's a mini projector on the back of it to illuminate the dash in various colors and patterns that coincide with the Experience Mode you've selected.
The screen also displays an animation of graphic elements, typography, and an avatar for Spike the bulldog in response to voice-controlled interactions. The voice assistant can operate navigation, telephone, and multimedia content.
The second row of seats in the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman is able to fold down and are ostensibly spacious - the smaller, outgoing model was a little tight for passengers in the rear, so hopefully, the beefed-up proportions of this model mean more headroom and legroom. Cargo space behind the back seats in the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman is 16.2 cubic feet, and when opened up by folding the seats forward, the trunk can hold 51.2 cubes. The dimensions of the older model (17.6 and 47.6 cubes, respectively) show that packaging changes and larger proportions benefit not only the cargo volume available but likely the back-row passenger space since there is a little less with these in place on the new model.
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