2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback

2020 MODEL
$33,900 - $39,900
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2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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Mini started as a small little car to move people around. Over time, not only the price has been bumped but also the performance. Now with a more powerful engine and a lot of features. The performance department aka John Cooper Works tweaked many components to make every drive in the new mini to be as aggressive as it is engaging. Backed up by 60 years of heritage, the new 2020 MINI JCW is a pumped-up ride.

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Pros

German Backed Quality

Personalization packages

Adaptive suspension

Light and Nimble Handling keeps the car glued to the ground

Cons

Next to none rear Cabin Space

Limited Cargo Space

Slightly expensive than all its rivals

What's New?

8-speed Shiftable Automatic from a 6-speed manual gearbox

The active Driving assistant feature is standard

A standard rearview camera and parking sensors


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33900

bodystyle

2dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

228 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

236 lbs.-ft. @ 1250 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.6/11.6

dimensions

wheelbase

98.2 in.

length

58.5 in.

width

68 in.

height

55.7 in.

curb weight

2932 lbs.

ground clearance

5.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

34 cu ft.

towing capacity

16010 lbs.

payload capacity

776 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/32/26 mpg

highway range

371.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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Styles

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback in Chili Red color 2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback in Emerald Grey Metallic color 2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback in John Cooper Works Rebel Green color 2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback in Melting Silver Metallic color
Chili Red

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Ratings

Features

6.5

Engine And Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

5.5

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Base

Base

power
228 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$33,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $33,900 MSRP (23/26/32) 228 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 4

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Signature

Signature

power
228 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$34,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Signature 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $34,900 MSRP (23/26/32) 228 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8 Speed Automatic front wheel drive 4

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Iconic

Iconic

power
228 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$39,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Iconic 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $39,900 MSRP (23/26/32) 228 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8 Speed Automatic front wheel drive 4

Expert Review

6.6

Overall Rating


It produces 228 horses and 236 pound-feet of torque from the beefed-up 2.0L turbocharged inline-four motor which is now linked to an 8-Speed shiftable Automatic transmission. This setup places the MINI amongst the segment leaders to go head to head in every kind of comparison test. Also, the 6-Speed manual transmission option has been dropped.

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door JCW Hatchback Front View
2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door JCW Hatchback Rear View

6.5/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Features

6.5/10

The 2020 MINI is Cooper hard-top 2 dr JCW in three trim options. Starting with the base variant at $33900 and goes all the way up to $39,900. All trims are powered by the same 2.0L inline-4 which pumps out 228 horses and 236 pound-feet of torque. Transmission duties have been shifted to a new 8-speed shiftable automatic.

Trims

Cooper Hardtop 2 door JCW-Classic 

Cooper Hardtop 2 door JCW-Signature

Cooper Hardtop 2 door JCW-Iconic

MSRP

$33,900

$34,900

$39,900

Drivetrain

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Engine

Twin Turbo, 2.0-iter inline 4, direct-injection engine

Twin Turbo, 2.0-iter inline 4, direct-injection engine

Twin Turbo, 2.0-iter inline 4, direct-injection engine

Key Features

Choice of 4 colors

Choice of 12 colors

Choice of 13 colors

 

All-season tires

Black Roof and Mirror Caps

Leatherette: Carbon Black

 

17” JCW Track Spoke Black Alloy wheels 

18” JCW Cup spoke two-tone wheels

Carbon Black color line

 

John Cooper Works Sports seats

Signature Upholstery package

Active Driving Assistant

 

Heated front seats

Piano Black Interior Surface

Apple CarPlay Compatibility

 

Anthracite headliner

Choice of transmission

8.8” Touchscreen Media Display

 

JCW Leather steering wheel with Multifunction

Touchscreen navigation Package

Premium Package

 

Rear Park Distance Control

MINI Head-Up Display

Harmon/Kardon Sound System 

 

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

6.5” media Display

Rear Spoiler

 

Ambient Lighting

Alarm System

Roof Rails

   

Rear Spoiler

 

WE Recommend

We would recommend you to opt for the mid variant ‘Signature’. It is priced at $34900 and adds a lot of useful features for both comfort and safety. It is a good buy for the marginal bump in price.

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Engine and Performance

7.5/10

This MINI comes fitted with the legendary JCW performance kit. Focusing on making the car feel raw and provide enough contact to the road with the punchy engine. All the trims use the same 2.0-liter inline-4 engine putting out 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque at 1250rpm. It comes mated to an 8-speed shiftable automatic. Yes! The manual transmission option has been taken down from yet another fun car. Still, the 8-speed automatic does not disappoint you at all, as it is tuned to provide the same fun factory that MINI is known for.

Models

2020 MINI Hardtop 2-door JCW

Hyundai Veloster

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Honda Civic Si

MSRP

$33,900

$27,400

$28,595

$25,000

Engine

2.0-Liter Inline 4

2.0-Liter Inline 4

2.0-Liter Inline 4

1.5-Liter inline 4

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Horsepower

228 hp @ 5200rpm

250 hp @ 6000rpm

228 hp @ 4700rpm

205 hp @ 5700rpm

Torque

236 lb-ft @ 1250rpm

260 lb-ft @ 1500rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1500rpm

192 lb-ft @ 2100rpm

Positioned between the likes of Honda Civic Si which is the cheapest of them all and Hyundai Veloster fitted with the most powerful engine here. But, both these cars are way cheaper than the MINI. The main USP of the MINI is the JCW magic as there is no comparison whatsoever in sheer performance.

Acceleration

Excellent at delivering fun, this car is fitted with an engine that doesn’t break a sweat to give you the thrill you might expect from a MINI. performance figures are fabulous on paper as it is capable of achieving 0-60 mph speeds in 5.9 seconds. You will never have a moment where you feel your MINI lacking power. As you switch to the sport mode, the throttle is more responsive and suspension shifts to the stiffest settings enabling for better stability on curvy roads.

Models

2020 MINI Hardtop 2-door JCW

Hyundai Veloster

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Honda Civic Si

0-60 MPH

5.9

5.5

5.9

6.6

Quarter mile

N/A

14.2

14.3

15.2

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

6.8

7.1

N/A

4.9

Being the most powerful, the Hyundai Veloster gains top spot with its acceleration time of 5.5 seconds. Followed by MINI and VW GTI on the second position putting up identical timings. While the Honda Civic Si comes out to be the slowest.

Handling

The moment you shift into sports mode, there is a popup in the center dash indicating “maximum Go-Kart feel”. Well, this is exactly how the MINI handles. Built to provide the best of handling characteristics to the driver. The factory-fitted electronic suspension system changes according to the drive mode selected with the stiffest setting in the sports mode for better handling. For better acceleration, an electronic Locking differential is also fitted to your MINI JCW. the car feels zippy around corners and despite feeling heavy it still manages to turn in time.

Braking performance

Your MINI comes fitted with Electronic brake distribution and anti-lock braking systems to take all your worry about stopping. Equipped with 11.6-inch rotors in the front and 10.2-inch rotors in the rear, the 2020 MINI cooper JCW does make for better stopping power. Apart from these the 2020 MINI also comes fitted with Dynamic Stability Control(DSC) which monitors steering input and applies correct brake pressure to individual brakes to maintain the correct line, if it does not follow a uniform line.

Models

2020 MINI Hardtop 2-door JCW

Hyundai Veloster

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Honda Civic Si

Brake Front (in.)

11.6

13

13.4

12.3

Brake Rear (in.)

10.2

11.8

12.2

11.1

60-0 MPH (ft)

111

N/A

118

N/A

Talking about numbers, the MINI does feature the smallest set of brake rotors amongst the competition. As official timings for all cars are not available, so, no perfect comparison is possible. But, we can make you sure that you never had to worry about braking in the new 2020 MINI Cooper JCW.

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Fuel Economy

5.5/10

Even though the fuel economy tab is always on the lower side for performance-focused cars. Still, the MINI cooper puts out efficiency figures much better than the rest of the competitors. It gets an EPA-estimated combined mileage of 29 miles to the gallon. But it does take a turn for the worse with its tiny 11.6-gallon fuel tank.

Models

2020 MINI Hardtop 2-door JCW

Hyundai Veloster

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Honda Civic Si

MPG (city)

26

22

24

26

MPG (highway)

34

29

32

32

MPG (combined)

29

25

27

28

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal.)

11.6

13.2

13.2

12.4

Range

(City/Highway)

302/394

370/449

317/422

322/446

The MINI cooper shows the best fuel economy figures for both city and highway conditions. The nearest competitor being the Honda Civic Si and the Hyundai Veloster showing the least efficient numbers on the chart.

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Interior

7.0/10

The iconic circular design language continues its way to the insides too. Also, they have not messed up the design, keeping the insides beautiful yet advanced. The use of premium material all over uplifts the overall appearance and feel.

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door JCW Hatchback Front Seats

Seating and comfort

MINI has presented the interiors of Cooper with a plethora of cosmetic updates. And if that doesn't feel enough then you can choose from a vast number of interior cosmetic options to personalize your MINI as per your preference. The interior feels much more upscale and stylish than any of its rivals. Features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats come standard on the Mini Cooper. While full leather interior can also opt as an optional feature. The front seats have optional adjustable lumbar and thigh support. Soft-touch surfaces, rubberized knobs, quality of door seal that locks solidly and clicking of the switches, all of these reflect on the attention paid to small details and make you admire the car even more.

Models

2020 MINI Hardtop 2-door JCW

Hyundai Veloster

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Honda Civic Si

Passenger Capacity

4

4

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.3/50.6/41.4

38.1/56/42.6

38.4/55.9/41.2

36.5/56.9/42.3

Rear

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.9/47.8/30.8

35.9/54.3/34.1

38.1/53.9/35.6

34.5/52.6/35.9

Moving on to comparison, both the VW GTi and the Honda Civic Si are proper hatchbacks that can easily seat 5 people making them lead the interior comparison test. As the name suggests, MINI is a compact car more suited towards the front two passengers only. The Honda Civic Si coming out last with the least front and rear passenger room.

Infotainment

The infotainment system on MINI never disappoints, it comes equipped with a 6.5-inch touch screen in the center dash. If you wish, you can upgrade to an 8.8-inch touchscreen system too. Sticking to the iconic round panel design of the center dash, the touch screen has been integrated into it without disturbing the design language. The infotainment system can be controlled by a knob behind the shifter too.

Infotainment Features

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Satellite Radio(optional)
  • Apple CarPlay(only in the top trim)
  • Harman/Kardon Surround system(only in the top trim)
  • Smart Device Integration
  • On-Board Computer
  • Rear Parking Aid

Interior Features

  • Sport Seats
  • Air filtration
  • Multiple-way Adjustable Driver and Passenger seat
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Keyless Start
  • Heads-Up-Display(optional)
  • Interior cargo Shade
  • Sports Leather steering wheel

Cargo Capacity

Expecting a lot from a compact hatchback in terms of luggage space is something that might disappoint you. The space behind the seats is 8.7 cu-ft which does not increase a lot after folding the rear seats down. You get enough space to carry a few small size bags and that's all the MINI cooper has to offer you in terms of cargo hauling.

Models

2020 MINI Hardtop 2-door JCW

Hyundai Veloster

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Honda Civic Si

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

8.7

20

23

11.9

The MINI comes you to be in the last position for cargo volume with an overall capacity of 8.7 cu-ft. The Golf GTi boasts the maximum cargo volume with 23 cu-ft. The Honda Civic’s longer wheelbase is taken up mostly by the rear cabin space, and hence it gets a limited cargo volume.

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback
2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback
2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback
2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback
2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Exterior

7.0/10

The MINI is a lively looking little hatchback, that put a grin all over. Its little boot and squeezed back seats do make up for some downsides. It is unquestionably worth buying regardless of whether it comes at a higher sticker price. The exhaust note is the best of the best which lifts up the excitement more. Enough said! Little has not changed its formula with odds from the old notorious design still present in some spaces.

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door JCW Hatchback 3 Quarter View

Models

2020 MINI Hardtop 2-door JCW

Hyundai Veloster

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Honda Civic Si

Length (in)

152.5

166.9

168

182.8

Width (in)

68.0

71.3

70.8

70.8

Height (in)

55.7

55.1

57.8

55.5

Ground clearance (in)

5.6

5.3

5.1

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

98.2

104.3

103.6

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

58.5/58.5

61.2/61.7

60.6/59.7

60.5/61.2

Curb weight (lbs)

2845

3036

3062

2906

Dimensionally, the MINI is a compact car, with the figures being on the lower side. While the Honda Civic Si offers plenty of space inside making it most spacious hatchback in this segment. Both the VW GTI and Hyundai Veloster offer exact same spaces.

Exterior Features

  • Chrome Door handles
  • 17” Cosmos Spoke Black Alloy wheels
  • All-Season tires
  • Front fog lights
  • Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Daytime Running Auto-Levelling Headlamps with Delay-off
  • Black Fender Flares
  • Clearcoat paint
2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback
2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback
2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback
2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback
2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Safety

7.0/10

Talking about realiablity and safety ratings of any car is one the main factors which effect the final decision of buyers. The MINI Cooper Hard-top JCW has had no recent recalls lately, further deducing that it is as reliable as ever. To increase stability and rigidity of structure the MINI comes with an Ultra-Rigid Body. stuffed with a lot of active safety features such as Active Driving Assistant. The 2020 MINI Cooper Hard-top JCW an overall 4 stars out of 5 from the NHTSA. Along with this MINI also scores well in testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS).

Safety Features

On the safety front, MINI is loaded with active safety aids such as-

  • Brake Drying and 4 Wheel ABS
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Traction Control
  • Side Impact beams
  • Drive and Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Active Driving Assistant-It includes Forward Collision Warning and Automatic emergency braking. (only in the top trim)
  • Vehicle Anti-theft System

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Competition

MINI Cooper hard-top 2 door JCW vs Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster is a good car in terms of interior, styling and rugged looks. It also features a much more powerful engine than the MINI and is also the fastest of the line to get to 60. But, When compared to the Mini 2door, the Hyundai Veloster might score high on space and practicality but misses out by a larger margin on the character and fun factor related to fast hatchbacks. Also, the level of personalization available for the MINI makes it an obvious choice of buyers.

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MINI Cooper hard-top 2 door JCW vs Volkswagen Golf GTi

If you have to choose the best of on-road and track fun, then these two, the Golf GTI and MINI Cooper go head to head in every comparison. As the Golf GTi is cheaper and produces more torque but it also has low fuel efficiency numbers too. Still, the Golf is a very capable hatch available for enthusiasts in the market. The GTi also features a faster shifting DSG gearbox in comparison to MINI’s 8-speed shiftable Automatic which feels a bit sluggish.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

MINI Cooper hard-top 2 door JCW vs Honda Civic Si

The Honda Civic Si lacks in a lot of portions apart from a cheaper price tag and the fact that it has more cabin space in the rear. MINI is all the way better in every sense related to the fast hatchback category. The Honda is both less powerful and still features lower fuel efficiency. A bad fuel economy and low power produced by the Civic Si makes the MINI Cooper hardtop 2-dr JCW the clear winner in this scenario.

2020 Honda Civic Si

 

2020 Mini Hardtop 2 Door John Cooper Works Hatchback Final Verdict

Performance-focused and still civilized and practical, that’s what the MINI Cooper hard-top 2 dr JCW stands for. This particular hatch can easily be used as a daily driven, perfect for tight street roads and can still be taken to the track on weekends for giving supercars a run for their money. As said, a MINI in the hands of a good driver can do wonders. Yes!, you won't be able to sit 4 persons comfortably, so what, this is never designed for passenger hauling. Its main motto was putting up a big grin on your face every time you shift in the sports mode.

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