2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible

2020 MODEL
$38,900 - $44,900
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7.8

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2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 23, 2020
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Not every two door convertible that handles like a proper sports car has to be a Porsche. Sometimes it can also be a MINI and that is what the 2020 Mini Convertible John Cooper Works is all about. It gets performance-oriented features like Brembo brakes, sport-tuned suspension and electronic locking differential up front.

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Pros

Variety of customization options

Affordable pricing

Powerful and efficient engine

Agile handling

Cons

Small fuel tank

Compromised usability

What's New?

An eight-speed automatic gearbox replaces the manual unit

BMW’s Active Driving Assistant is now standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$38900

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

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

152.5 in.

width

68 in.

height

55.7 in.

curb weight

3120 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

76.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

7.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

800 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.7 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 Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible in British Racing Green Metallic color 2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible in Electric Blue Metallic color 2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible in Moonwalk Gray Metallic color 2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible in Solaris Orange Metallic color 2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible in White Silver Metallic color
British Racing Green Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

9.9

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

7.9

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible Base

Base

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

$38,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $38,900 MSRP (23/26/32) 228 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 4

2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible Signature

Signature

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

$39,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Signature 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 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

2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible Iconic

Iconic

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

$44,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Iconic 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $44,900 MSRP (23/26/32) 228 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8 Speed Automatic front wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


Additionally, its 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder engine pushes out 228 hp and 236 lb.-ft. torque, making this Mini JCW the most powerful Mini Convertible. But there’s more to this Mini than just power and performance. It is also fairly upscale. Modern and sophisticated features like a 6.5-inch touchscreen and BMW Active Driving Assistant features make the Mini Convertible JCW as pragmatic as can be.

The other soft-tops in this class, like the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL and Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club Convertible, are comparatively less expensive than the $38,400 Mini Convertible JCW. For that price though this Mini Convertible JCW offers the kind of exclusivity the others can never guarantee.


8.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

9.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 

8.0/10
Competition

 

7.9/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible Features

8.0/10

All Mini Convertibles are high on features and luxury but the Mini Convertible John Cooper Works is also equally high on power. It gets a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood and can attain a top speed of 149 mph.

Also there are three available choices of customizing this Mini Convertible. There’s the base Classic trim followed by Signature and lastly Iconic. All packages bring along with them respective appearance and convenience features but the mechanicals remain unchanged.

So all variants of the 2020 Mini Convertible JCW get an eight-speed automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive unit as standard. Other standard features include a 6.5-inch touchscreen, retractable roof and LED head and tail lights.

Trim

Classic

Signature

Iconic

MSRP (FWD)

$38,900

$39,900

$44,900

Key Features

6.5-inch media display

Adds/Upgrades to Classic

Adds/Upgrades to Iconic 

 

17-inch alloy wheels

Dual-zone automatic climate control

18-inch alloy wheels

 

LED headlights and taillights

Comfort Access

Apple CarPlay

 

MINI driving modes

Emergency braking

Foldable wind deflector

    Heated seats Connected navigation plus

We recommend:

The mid-tier Signature variant of the Mini Convertible JCW gets high-end convenience features like heated seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. At the same time for a price of under $40,000 it is only slightly more expensive than the base Classic trim but not as much as the Iconic. The Signature variant clearly is the most ideal choice

2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The Mini Convertible John Cooper Works gets the same 2.0-liter twin-power turbo inline-four engine under its hood as the Mini Convertible Cooper S. That same four-pot on this Mini Convertible though is a little more engaging. It has been tuned to produce an additional 39 hp and 29 lb.-ft. torque over that of the Cooper S’s four-cylinder.

So at 228 hp and 236 lb.ft. torque, the 2020 Mini Convertible John Cooper Works is the most powerful Mini Convertible. Other than that, the Mini Convertible JCW also gets an eight-speed sport automatic transmission which manipulates power from the engine to the front wheels of this Mini.

Models

Mini Convertible JCW

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club Convertible

MSRP

$38,900

$29,995

$32,345

Engine

2.0L Twin Power Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD FWD RWD

Transmission

8-speed sport automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Power (hp @ rpm)

228@5000 

174@5,000

181@7,000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

236@1,250

184@1,500

151@4,000

All convertibles in this lineup are powered by a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine. However, none of the other convertibles’ powertrain are quite as bulked up as that of the Mini Convertible JCW. Its twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is simply best-in-class in terms of output.

How fast is the Mini Convertible JCW?

The BMW-sourced B48 engine that power this Mini Convertible is as brightly menacing as it comes. It delivers tides of torque to the front wheels of the Mini Convertible JCW really early on the powerband, and power is never scanty throughout. Accordingly, this Mini JCW hustles like a proper performance car.

Even the eight-speed automatic diligently shifts through the revs to ensure consistency of power-supply. Sure, the real fun of driving a JCW is had with the manual unit but with that gone this judicious eight-speed adequately suffices. The paddle-shifters allow you to hold gears while shifting and make up for that lack of mechanical feel.

Model

Mini Convertible JCW

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club Convertible

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.3

8.1

6.0

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.7

16.2

14.7

Top Speed (MPH) 155 130 143

Engine

2.0L Twin Power Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

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

6.3

6.1

6.0

The Mini Convertible JCW is the most powerful convertible in this segment. Yet it is the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club Convertible which takes the lead to the 60 mph mark. This results from the fact that the Mazda Mx-5 Miata RF Club Convertible is way lighter in comparison. The more powerful Mini Convertible JCW surely manages to catch up to that Mazda in the quarter mile.

What about the braking performance of the Mini Convertible JCW?

True to its JCW treatment, braking on this Mini Convertible is taken care of by brakes from Brembo. They do a much better job of keeping this heavyweight’s charge in check. Also the lowered stance and comparatively wider track of the Mini Convertible JCW prevents nosedive when going down hurriedly on the pedal in situations of emergency.

Model

Mini Convertible JCW

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club Convertible

Brake Rotors Front

(in)

11.6

11.3

11.0

Brake Rotors Rear

(in)

10.2

10.0

11.0

Curb Weight

(lbs)

3946

3239

2453

60-0 MPH (ft)

127

N/A

110

The 2020 Mini Convertible John Cooper Works is the heaviest convertible in this segment. Accordingly, its brakes are the biggest too. All other convertibles of this class are also equipped with brakes to match.

What about its driving dynamics?

The Mini Convertible John Cooper Works has a considerably small footprint. It is also fairly low and quite wide. These factors make maneuvering this Mini JCW around quite agile. The car in general returns a very planted feel.

Even its steering wheel is precisely weighted for sharper responses. Furthermore, the sports suspension and electronic locking front-differential all equip the car with the kind of rigidity needed for composed drivability.

Only thing off-putting about the 2020 Mini Convertible JCW is the stiff ride quality which results from the same sport-tuned suspension setup and the wider tires. The ride quality takes a severe hit over roads that aren’t as well paved.

2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible Fuel Economy

9.9/10

Despite all the power that the 2.0-liter turbo-four of this Mini JCW makes and the weight it carries on its shoulders, this Mini Convertible is plenty fuel efficient. The front-wheel chassis not only makes up for robust performance but also helps keep consumption in check while coasting. 

Model

Mini Convertible JCW

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club Convertible

MPG (City)

25

26

26

MPG (Highway)

33

33

34

MPG (Combined)

28

29

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

11.6

14.5

11.9

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

290/383/324

377/479/420

309/405/345

This Mini Convertible’s only downside is its smaller fuel tank. Even though the engine is plenty efficient, the 11.6 gallon fuel tank takes away much of the range compromising the Mini Convertible John Cooper Works’ MPG figures.

2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible Interior

8.0/10

All Minis are known for being remarkably spacious despite compact dimensions and the Mini Convertible JCW follows the same heritage. Only, the mechanism to control its soft-top takes away some of the space from the second row.

Otherwise, the availability of space, in general, is pretty adequate for short commutes around the town. Longer hauls can cause discomfort to the people in the second row as shoulder and legroom in the back is less than breathable.

 Ideally, this Mini is a great company for two or three people but regardless of the number of occupants, all will appreciate the build quality of this convertible’s cabin. BMW has laced the insides of this Mini JCW with premium materials which are as pleasing to look as they are to touch. 

Model

Mini Convertible JCW

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club Convertible

Seating Capacity

4

4

2

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

39.8/51.0/41.4

39.3/55.3/41.3

36.8/52.2/43.1

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

39.0/39.7/30.9

37.6/43.1/31.4

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 Both Mini Convertible JCW and Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL get two rows of seats while the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club Convertible can seat only two. What makes the Mini Convertible JCW special though is the fact that despite having a shorter wheelbase than the Beetle Convertible, which is also longer overall, it manages to be just as accommodating. 

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

Standard on the Mini Convertible JCW is a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment unit sitting smack-dab in the middle of the dash. It is quite comprehensive and can also be operated via a rotary controller located between the front seats. The other Signature and Iconic variants can be had with a bigger 8.8-inch touchscreen too. The infotainment unit features tech like:

  • Apple CarPaly
  • Navigation
  • Head-up display
  • Rain warner
  • Connected Drive
  • SiriusXM

Creature comforts on offer in the Mini Convertible JCW

As a luxury vehicle, the Mini Convertible JCW has been equipped with some of the basic comfort features like:

  • Harman Kardon sound system
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Dynamic cruise control
  • Heated front seats
  • Head-up display
  • Wireless charging

What about utility?

The 2020 Mini Convertible John Cooper Works isn’t adequately spacious for four people and is also not capable of holding their luggage. But two people can travel around more than comfortably in this Mini JCW with enough storage space available at their disposal.

Model

Mini Convertible JCW

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club Convertible

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

7.6

7.1

4.5

Its second row might only be slightly less spacious than that of the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL but the trunk comparatively bigger. As a matter of fact, the boot on the Mini Convertible JCW is the biggest in this segment.

2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible Exterior

8.0/10

The Mini Convertible checks all the right boxes. Its powerful, efficient, adequately practical but more than any of these it is one hell of a looker. The John Cooper Works treatment further enhances the exterior appeal of this Mini Convertible.

Up front, the bumpers are thick and chunky with multiple vents for form and functionality. The gaping grille is underscored by a red stripe and JCW badging. Also the round headlights and scooped-hood look dramatic. The wide tires and retractable roof make this Mini as much fun as it is fierce.

Its rear, much like its front, is also quite animated. The beefy rear bumper is packed with air-vents and the dual-exhaust pipes in the center make this Mini Convertible look like a proper performance machine. Even the tailgate features a JCW badge to make sure you recognize this Mini for what it is whether it's coming or going.

Model

Mini Convertible JCW

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club Convertible

Curb Weight (lbs)

3946

3239

2453

Length (in)

152.5

168.8

154.1

Width (in)

68.0

71.9

68.3

Height (in)

55.7

58.0

49.0

Ground Clearance (in)

4.5

5.6

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

98.2

100.1

90.9

On paper the MIni Convertible JCW doesn’t appear to be as big as the other convertibles in this segment but it is heavier. This, however, does not affect its capabilities. It is adequately roomy and also quite punchy. Other convertibles can hardly achieve what the Mini Convertible JCW is capable of.

What are those eye-catching features?

Any Mini quite comfortably manages to stand out of the crowd and much of it has to do with the way it presents itself. The JCW touch further enhances presence. Aboard the 2020 Mini Convertible JCW are striking exterior features like:

  • Front bumper with integrated air intakes
  • LED headlights
  • Scooped hood
  • Chrome accented grille with JCW badge and red highlight
  • 17-inch JCW Track spoke silver wheels
  • Retractable roof
  • Dual exhaust
  • LED taillights
  • Rear bumper with vents

2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible Safety

8.0/10

For the year 2020, BMW has made its Active Driving Assistant suite standard on the Mini Convertible JCW. This not only makes it a lot safer than before but also helps improve its safety score. Other safety features include:

  • Active Driving Assistant
  • 6 airbags
  • ABS
  • DRLs
  • Traction control
  • Back-up camera
  • Parking aid
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Stability control

2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible Competition

8.0/10

Mini Convertible JCW vs. Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL

Both Beetle and Mini are loved by people all over the world for several reasons. Most notable of them is the way they look. They are compact and handsomely cute. But the Mini Convertible JCW is a lot more menacing. It is way more powerful but just much practical in comparison to the Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL.

Mini Convertible JCW vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club Convertible

The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Club Convertible is an impressive car for its capabilities but the Mini Convertible JCW is a lot more functional. For starters it can seat at least one more person and carry more luggage. Sure the Mazda Mx-5 RF Club Convertible gives the Mini Convertible JCW a run for its money but the latter surely amanges to outcompete it in most noteworthy aspects.

2020 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible Final Verdict

7.9/10

The Mini Convertible JCW has all the makings of a premium vehicle. It is well built externally and internally and boasts of fairly upscale features. At the same time this Mini Convertible is also quite engaging without compromising on efficiency. In all, the Mini Convertible JCW is a very-well rounded package for the money it charges. Sure, there is still room for improvement but there’s hardly much to complain about this Mini.