2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback

2020 MODEL
$39,900 - $46,400
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2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 15, 2020
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MINI has always made “FUN” cars. It has a serious cult following which embraces the retro little car for its involving driving dynamics and on tap exploitable power. Now, when such a wholesome car goes through the hands of a thrill-addict like John Cooper, you are sure to be treated to a car that is bonkers.

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Pros

Exhilarating performance

Unique exterior design cues

Refreshed Quirky styling 

Practicality and styling go hand in hand

Well Laden interior

Updated Tech on the inside

Lots of customization options with MINI Yours

Cons

Poor rear visibility

No standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

What's New?

Power has been bumped up substantially

The 6-Speed Manual gets replaced by an 8-Speed Automatic

Standard All-Wheel-Drive

Revised front grille

Standard LED headlamps and taillamps


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39400

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

301 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

331 lbs.-ft. @ 1750 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

168.3 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

56.7 in.

curb weight

3450 lbs.

ground clearance

5.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

92.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

44.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/28/31 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback in John Cooper Works Rebel Green color
John Cooper Works Rebel Green

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.8

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.8

Interior

8.2

Exterior

8.4

Safety

7.6

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback Base

Base

power
301 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$39,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
ALL4 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $39,900 MSRP (21/24/31) 301 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Sport Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback Iconic

Iconic

power
301 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$42,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Iconic 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $42,400 MSRP (21/24/31) 301 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8 Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback Signature

Signature

power
301 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$46,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Signature 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $46,400 MSRP (21/24/31) 301 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8 Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


The 2020 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is one such pumped up MINI which has 60 years of motoring heritage in it. It produces 301 horses and 331 pound-feet of torque from the beefed-up 2.0L turbocharged inline-four motor which is now coupled to an 8-Speed Automatic transmission. The unique exterior livery helps distinguish the JCW from the rest of MINI’s line-up.

We are a bit disappointed as the 6-Speed manual is no more offered but they sure had to improvise to hold up to the latest bunch of competitors. So, the 8-Speed automatic transmission gives the likes of Audi A4 Allroad and Buick Regal TourX a run for performance and money. Can the funky little retro car hold up with the latest bunch? 

2020 Mini Clubman JCW front view
2020 Mini Clubman JCW rea view

6.8/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.2/10
Interior

 

8.4/10
Exterior

 

7.6/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback Features

6.8/10

2020 MINI JCW Clubman is offered in three trims which differ mostly in the features offered. The base classic trim is priced at $39,900 and goes all the way up to the Ionic Trim at $46,400. Unlike last year, all trims are offered in all-wheel-drive configuration. A pumped-up 2.0L turbocharged inline-four motor powers the JCW Clubman which pumps out 301 horses, enough to keep you involved.

The JCW Clubman differs from the Cooper line-up in both mechanics and aesthetics. It has a reworked suspension setup and beefier brakes which helps achieve its impressive driving character. The exterior aero parts and livery makes it stand out as well.

Trims

JCW Clubman ALL4-Classic

JCW Clubman ALL4-Signature

JCW Clubman ALL4-Iconic

MSRP (AWD)

$39,400

$42,400

$46,400

Key Features

Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

All the features in Classic trim added or replaced and:

All the features in Signature trim and or replaced and:

 

Three driving modes

Panorama Roof

Connected Navigation Plus with Apple CarPlay capability

 

Adaptive Cruise Control

Touchscreen Infotainment Screen

Premium Leather Upholstery

 

Active Driving Assistance

Heated front seats

LED Headlights and Taillights

 

Iconic split rear doors

Comfort Access Keyless entry

19-inch alloy wheels

 

6.5-inch infotainment display

Dual-Zone Automatic control

 
 

JCW Sport Seats

Forward Collision warning 

 
 

Carbon Black Dynamica/cloth upholstery

Emergency Braking

 
 

18-inch alloy wheels

Harman Kardon Audio System

 

Which 2020 MINI JCW Clubman trim should you opt for?

We would recommend you to put your money bang in between. The Signature trim priced at $42,400 adds a lot of useful features that focus on creature comfort and safety. It is a good buy for the marginal bump in price.

2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback Engine and Performance

8.0/10

2020 MINI JCW Clubman is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged inline-four engine which pumps out a healthy 301 hp and 331 lb-ft. This a substantial increase from last year as power has been bumped from 228 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque.

The 6-Speed manual transmission has been replaced with an 8-Speed automatic *sigh*. As much as we miss it, it was necessary to keep up with the competition. And it's not half bad as you can still have fun with the available paddle shifters.

Models

MINI JCW Clubman ALL4

Buick Regal TourX Essence 

Audi A4 Allroad Premium*

MSRP

$39,400

$35,070

$45,700

Engine

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

301@5,200

250@5,400

248@5,000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

331@1,450

295@3,000

273@1,600

*2019 data used for comparison purpose

The MINI is positioned right in between the cheaper Buick Regal and the pricier Audi A4 Allroad which are both low on power. So, JCW has worked its magic here and there is no comparison whatsoever in sheer performance.

How quick is the 2020 Clubman in 0-60 run?

The added power helps the Clubman do 0-60 in a staggering 4.6 seconds which is way above and beyond its competition. The 8-Speed Automatic transmission eliminates human error and thus helps in making the MINI quick.

The added power helps the 2020 Mini Clubman JCW do 0-60 in a staggering 4.6 seconds

There is no noticeable turbo lag and the peak torque starts surging in as low as 1450 RPM which gives you that push instantaneously at the slightest tap on the accelerator pedal.

Models

MINI JCW Clubman ALL4

Buick Regal TourX Essence 

Audi A4 Allroad Premium*

0-60 MPH (sec)

4.6 

6.3 

5.9

Quarter Mile (sec)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Top Speed (MPH) 155 N/A 130

Engine

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

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

5.6

6.0

4.9

Audi A4 Allroad comes up behind the JCW Clubman but a whole lot behind, as it has a gap of more than one second. Buick is nowhere on the radar with its 6.3-second run.

How better does the JCW Clubman handle?

JCW has made the already smacking driving dynamics even better. The quick reactive dampers help the vehicle react cautiously thus improving driving dynamics. The tweaked suspension and anti-roll bars help attack corners with more speed and confidence. It is technically a go-kart but a cute retro one! There is a minimal play on smooth roads as well as the sensitivity being muffled by the suspension setup. 

The steering is precise and is a perfect fit for a person who demands enthusiasm. The Clubman is agile for a vehicle with this much weight. It is predictable at corners because of the com[act size. This boon also makes it a bit too sensitive as it reacts to minute inputs. The driving dynamics change drastically with the change of driving modes namely- Green, Mid and Sport.

How well does the MINI stop from 60-0?

The braking is mind-blowing and it stops very well and quick. The brake pedal is small and the transition is smooth for linear braking. Panic braking is also controlled in spite of being sensitive. The bigger brakes help handle the added power, thus helping it stay tamed. 

2020 Mini Clubman JCW Wheel

It uses a Dynamic Stability Control(DSC) in corners which monitors steering input and acceleration to determine the direction you want to go. When the vehicle starts to stray, it applies adequate brake pressure on individual brakes and adjusts the engine torque to maintain the correct line. The transmission also has a stopping mechanism in case of sudden braking which makes an abrupt noise.

Models

MINI JCW Clubman ALL4

Buick Regal TourX Essence 

Audi A4 Allroad Premium*

Brake Rotors Front (in)

11.6

N/A

12.4

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

10.2

N/A

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

3450

3849

3825

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Surely not the biggest brakes of the lot, but what it lacks in size adds up for added bite. Audi A4 Allroad has bigger rotors all round. As both of the competition is not performance-oriented, they are devoid of brakes that perform like those on the JCW Clubman.

2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback Fuel Economy

6.8/10

It’s impressive that fuel economy has not taken a hit here despite the added power, thanks to the 8-Speed automatic which has closely packed gears that helps it extract the most from a gallon of fuel.

It gives a combined MPG of 24 which is not bad for a performance wagon. MINI also gives you the flexibility to use the three different driving modes which helps you change the driving character of the vehicle, thus using fuel efficiently.

Models

MINI JCW Clubman ALL4

Buick Regal TourX Essence 

Audi A4 Allroad Premium

MPG (City)

21

21

22

MPG (Highway)

31

29

29

MPG (Combined)

24

24

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.2

16.3

15.2

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

277/409/316

342/473/391

337/444/380

Audi A4 Allroad is marginally better with a combined 25 MPG, which puts the JCW Clubman in a very appealing territory. The 51 hp lesser Buick Regal TourX gives similar efficiency figures.

2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback Interior

8.2/10

Clubman is a family car with a list of creature comforts. It offers practicality and comfort in a mini package that aligns with the brand image. The Clubman manages to make you smile every time you look at it. The iconic design can be found on the inside with the huge circular infotainment display and the flip-style switches underneath it. This shows how MINI incorporates retro into modern innovation. The ambient lighting is adaptive and changes color with the change in drive modes.

2020 Mini Clubman JCW Seating and Comfort

MINI has impressive interior space and legroom in spite of its wacky design. The Clubman manages to squeeze in more legroom in the second row than the Standard Cooper model. The front seats have optional adjustable lumbar and thigh support. Leather upholstery adds a tinge of luxury into the sporty cabin. It provides ample support for moderately long journeys. But taller individuals might feel uneasy.

Models

MINI JCW Clubman ALL4

Buick Regal TourX Essence 

Audi A4 Allroad Premium*

Seating Capacity 5 5 5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.2/54.7/41.4

38.8/56.9/42.1

38.9/55.9/41.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38/52.8/34.3

39.6/55.4/36.9

374/54.5/35.7

MINI impresses us with the most spacious cabin and this is because of clever designing and also a bit of sacrifice in the cargo space. The second row is a bit cramped when compared to the competition but nevertheless is usable.

What are the infotainment features available?

The head-turner on the inside is the new 6.5-inch infotainment system which is housed in a circular enclosure. It gets all the latest gizmos to keep up with the latest innovations.

Most of the features are in add-on packages which will cost you extra. The Touch Screen Navigation package would be a good add on if you are keen on entertainment and technology.

2020 Mini Clubman JCW Infotainment Display

Infotainment Features

  • 6.5-inch infotainment System
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • USB-C ports

Interior Features

  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Carbon Black Sensatec Upholstery
  • Textured Dashboard
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Front Sport Seats

How much cargo can the 2020 MINI take in?

MINI provides ample cargo space for a vehicle its size. It also has an optional 60/40 split feature which helps in increasing the cargo space when needed.

The iconic split tailgate helps in better utilization of the cargo space as it opens outwards instead of the generic top-up. This is also the MINI JCW Clubman’s unique quirk.

Models

MINI JCW Clubman ALL4

Buick Regal TourX Essence 

Audi A4 Allroad Premium*

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

17.5

32.7

24.2

Buick Regal TourX has the most spacious cargo as it has a bigger footprint which helps it extract 32.7 cubic feet of cargo volume. Audi Allroad is bang in between the two with 24.2 cubic feet due to its compact body structure.

2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback Exterior

8.4/10

MINI stays true to its heritage by still keeping the retro design with a few minimal incremental upgrades. It retains the split swing-out rear doors instead of the upward liftgate. It has sized up in functionality and features but still manages to look as charming as its brothers. MINI is the only retro-designed car in this segment.

2020 Mini Clubman JCW Exterior Design

At 168.5 inches this is a pretty long MINI but that doesn’t hinder the driving dynamics. The swing-out tailgate doors might be funky but it hinders the rear visibility. John Cooper Works adds aero bits and unique livery to make it stand apart from the rest of MINI’s lineup.

Models

MINI JCW Clubman ALL4

Buick Regal TourX Essence 

Audi A4 Allroad Premium*

Curb Weight (lbs)

3450

3849

3825

Length (in)

168.3

196.3

187.0

Width (in)

70.9

73.3

72.5

Height (in)

56.7

58.4

58.8

Ground Clearance (in)

6.3

5.8

6.5

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

111.4

111.0

Dimensionally, MINI is the smallest of the lot as it is purposefully done so to cater to its nimble characteristics. Buick Regal TourX has a very big footprint and houses the largest cabin of the lot. But this steals of its driving dynamics. The JCW Clubman still manages to chuck out a more comfortable cabin despite its restrains.

Exterior Features

  • Iconic Split tailgate
  • Redesigned Horizontal chrome-laden front grille
  • LED Headlamps and Taillights
  • LED Fog Lamps
  • New 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Plastic Claddings all round
  • Quirky Union Jack on the taillights
  • Heated ORVMs
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2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback Safety

7.6/10

Safety has not taken a back seat in the Clubman. MINI has not sacrificed any aspects of the body for the retro aesthetics. It has a very rigid body which reduces body torque and helps in the Go-Kart type handling. It also has 8 airbags including curtain airbags and also includes various other features as well.

Safety Features

  • 8-airbags
  • Active Driving Assistant
  • LED Headlamps and taillamps
  • Theft Detection Radio
  • Ignition disable
  • In-Vehicle Assistance Service
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Seat belt pretensioners
  • Cornering Lights
  • Lane Departure
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning System
  • Panic Alarm

2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback Competition

MINI JCW Clubman vs Buick Regal Tour 

The 2020 Buick Regal TourX is a clear cut wagon that focuses on providing the maximum exploitable cargo volume without compromising on passenger space. The MINI just looks like one! It is a nimble car that would be more comfortable on a racetrack than the Buick will ever be. Therein lies its versatility which gives it a dual personality. We will happily choose the JCW CLubman over the lazy Regal for the thrill it provides.

2020 Buick Regal Tourx

MINI JCW Clubman vs Audi A4 Allroad

The Audi A4 Allroad has a premium of $ 5800. For this price bump, we don’t see any reason to abandon the MINI. Apart from the fact that but the transmission is notchy and the driving aids tend to take over. So we frankly don't see a $5800 advantage here. We will have the nimble MINI for the sheer fun it offers.

2020 Audi A4 Allroad

 

2020 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Hatchback Final Verdict

John Cooper Works have worked on the humble Clubman and has created a much better car with their wizardry. This makes it a better driving car which is much sharper and can be pushed much harder. It is not devoid of the latest technological gizmos on the inside as well and the leather seats will make sure that you are treated royally while hooning the MINI. If fun is what you want from a car, then your search ends here, as the 2020 MINI JCW Clubman oozes of it without compromising on practicality.