2021 Mini JCW GP

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2021 Mini JCW GP Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 9, 2020


This is a new GP model added to the lineup of MINI JCW for 2021. GP generates 74 hp more than the standard JCW's. The price of 2021 MINI JCW GP is expected to be $44,900. Equipped with a track dedicated 2.0L turbocharged Inline-4 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission. This highly powered engine generates 301 hp of power for this MINI hatch.

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Pros

Impressive acceleration from turbo motor

Unique and special designing 

Quick Mini than other siblings

Limited production makes it exclusive to the market

Cons

Rough ride quality

No manual transmission on offer

Least fun to drive nature

What's New?

New for 2021 with notable fitments

Improved engine power output by 70 hp increase

Flared carbon made wheel arch covers

Lowered suspension setup

Reduced acoustic insulation


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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.4

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

6.2

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Mini JCW GP Base

Base

power
N/A
fuel
N/A
mpg
combined

$44,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $44,900 MSRP TBD TBD
N/A N/A N/A

Expert Review

7.2

Overall Rating


There are few hatches with hot deadly design and dedicated sporty feel. This segment's hatch is equipped with a highly powerful engine and performance. One of them is the 2021 MINI JCW GP, which is short in length but high in power. Only 3000 limited units are produced worldwide. 

The JCW GP is a new addition to the Mini John Cooper Works’s lineup. The new JCW GP boasts of some notable changes that the regular mini model. The competitors of the MINI JCW GP include Honda Civic Type-R, Subaru WRX STI, and Volkswagen Golf R. All this is keenly track focussed and are power-packed with great performance.


8.0/10
Features

7.4/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.2/10
Interior


2021 Mini JCW GP Features

8.0/10

MINI JCW is a hardtop two-door model and GP is a sports variant model. The MINI JCW GP is track-focused trim that is filled with power and great performance. It is equipped with some of the standard features like Multiple-way adjustable driver and passenger seats, six-speaker premium Harman-Kardon sound system, and many more.

Model

MINI JCW GP

MSRP

$44,900

Key Features

18-inch 4-spoke alloy wheels

 

Keyless start

 

Backup camera

 

Premium Harman-Kardon sound system with six-speaker

 

Heads-up display

 

Multiple-way adjustable driver and passenger seats

 

Nappa leather steering wheel

The MINI JCW GP trim is priced at $45,000 with tons of standard features on offer. Some of the features are Heads-up display, Backup camera, Multiple-way adjustable driver and passenger seats, Nappa leather steering wheel, 18-inch 4-spoke alloy wheels, Keyless Start, and many more.

2021 Mini JCW GP Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

MINI has gained fame in the automobile sector by producing pocket-friendly hatch and reliable products with better specifications and features. This is the third generation of GP and it is the most superior and reliable product. The safety features, infotainment technology, and other prime features make this car step ahead from rivals.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

In terms of driving experience, it is rated 83 out of 100 and for quality and reliability 83 out of 100. The overall rating of the MINI JCW is 80 out of 100 which shows the strength of this car. The MINI Cooper JCW has consistently served its customer with satisfaction with premium quality materials and powerful performance.

On average, the cost of the JCW GP is around $44,900. But due to differences in taxation, the prices do differ. In Washington, the price of JCW GP is around $45,750, wherein Arizona, Florida, California, and New Jersey will differ.

States

Cost

Washington

$45,750

Florida

$44,900

California

$44,900

New Jersey

$45,950

Arizona

$45,000

Till now for 2020 MINI JCW only 1 recall and zero complaints are recorded by NHTSA. The 1 recall was because the crash pads were missing from the rear side trim panel. In terms of overall safety rating, the 2020 JCW hardtop is rated 4 stars out of 5 by NHTSA. This rating shows the superior and high standard safety quality is offered by MINI in JCW models.

In terms of ownership cost, you have to make an input of around $58,458 in 5 years if you buy a brand new MINI JCW. The cost is high but this car is worth it.

Warranty

The warranty period offered by MINI is more solid than rivals. The limited warranty period covers 4 years or 50,000 miles and the same period is offered for the powertrain warranty. Even the complimentary scheduled maintenance is offered for 3 years or 36,000 miles. No other rival companies offer this long period of complimentary maintenance.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-Hour Roadside Assistance

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

This much warranty period is quite enough for a track-oriented vehicle like JCW GP. No other rival companies offer this much warranty period for their car, especially when it comes to complimentary scheduled maintenance.

Miles per Dollar

The fuel economy of the MINI JCW GP is quite impressive and provides greater numbers than rivals, in the city it's 24 mpg and on the highway, it is 30 mpg. So, overall the combined mileage is 27 mpg and it generates a range of 313.2 miles. For the total range with a full tank, it will cost you $266.22 as per $0.85 cost.

2021 Mini JCW GP Buying Advice

The MINI Cooper is continuously applying the changes with its upcoming models. The MINI JCW GP is worth buying and this hot hatch has a lot to offer. The built quality and the performance of this vehicle is the next level. When it comes to safety then no one can beat this car in the sporty hatch segment.

The 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 engine gives this car a powerful performance and generates 301 hp power which is 73 hp more than standard JCW models. The 8-speed automatic gear generates power and is quite responsive. The FWD powertrain is roaring on the tracks. The 2019 MINI JCW Hardtop has scored 83 out of 100 in terms of quality.

Is buying a used MINI JCW GP a good idea?

Buying a used car can help you save money, but in terms of JCW GP, this can be a difficult choice. The JCW GP is the car that is dedicated to tracks and the engine and performance of the new generation do differ from the older one. It is quite exclusive to the market due its limited production units. You are lucky if you get your hands on the steering at earliest till the stock last. 

But only the sporty looking car and less price is your concern than the used JCW GP can even serve you better. The one who is looking for the updated engine specs and updated new appealing design than the used car will not serve you that.

2021 Mini JCW GP Engine and Performance

7.4/10

The MINI JCW GP is equipped with the 2.0L turbocharged Inline-4 engine which generates a massive power of 301 hp and 332 pound-feet of torque which is connected with 8-speed automatic transmission. The FWD configured drivetrain is offered.

The standard JCW generates 228 hp power, where GP throws an extra 73 hp than the hardtop JCW. The GP model is considered as the fastest ever MINI model. The BMW’s 2.0L turbocharged engine is equipped in GP and also in standard JCW. The 8-speed automatic transmission is quick in response and the paddle shifter is also aggressive when in manual mode.

Models

2021 MINI JCW GP

2021 Honda Civic Type-R

2021 Volkswagen Golf R

2021 Subaru WRX STI

MSRP

$44,900

$37,000

$40,300

$36,700

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged

Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0L Turbocharged

Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0L Turbocharged

Inline Four-Cylinder

2.5L Flat-Four

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

N/A

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed manual

7-speed DSG

6-speed manual

Power 

301 hp @ 6,200 rpm

306 hp @ 6,500 rpm

288 hp @ 5,400 rpm

310 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque 

332 lb-ft @ 1,250 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

N/A

290 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

The MINI JCW GP is louder on the tracks but the manual transmission can make a better impact. The Golf R falls back in power than the powerful rivals. The Civic Type-R and Subaru WRX STI are also healthy with power. Though the JCW GP is the most expensive among the rivals when this hot hatch delivers the performance, it is worth it.

2021 MINI JCW GP Acceleration and Braking Performance

The GP’s 2.0L turbocharged Inline-4 engine generates sufficient power which helps to complete a 0-60 mph sprint in just 5 secs. The quarter-mile sprint is completed in 13.5 secs, these figures are way impressive because rivals fall short with acceleration capability on track. The rivals are also aggressive as all of them are track dedicated.

Models

2021 MINI JCW GP

2021 Honda Civic Type-R

2021 Volkswagen Golf R

2021 Subaru WRX STI

0-60 (seconds) 

5

5.4

4.6

5.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

13.5

13.7

13.4

14.1

Top Speed (MPH)

165

169

139

160

70-0 (feet)

N/A

142

159

154

MINI JCW GP shows great performance on track and in terms of acceleration, this hot hatch is quite quick. Even the Golf R which generates less power than rivals still manages to complete the 0-60 mph sprint in just 4.6 secs. It is faster than the power-oriented rivals. The Subaru WRX STI falls short on power while completing the sprint.

2021 Mini JCW GP Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The fuel economy of JCW GP is much better than the rivals. The range offered by the GP is comparatively acceptable. As this car is track-focused so fuel economy does suffer a little. In the city, it offers 24 mpg and on highway 30 mpg. These figures are decent offerings in the segment. With the 11.6 gallons of fuel tank capacity, this car manages to offer a decent range of 313.2 miles.

Models

2021 MINI JCW GP

2021 Honda Civic Type-R

2021 Volkswagen Golf R

2021 Subaru WRX STI

MPG (City)

24

22

21

17

MPG (Highway)

30

28

29

22

MPG (Combined)

27

25

24

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

11.6

12.4

14.5

15.9

Range (City/Hwy/Combined; Miles) 

278.4/348/313.2

273/347/310

304/420/348

254/350/302

The MINI JCW GP offers a greater range and economy than the rivals. Just because of its tiny fuel tank capacity it falls short than Golf R. Overall, JCW GP offers great mileage figures in the segment. The Subaru WRX STI carries the big fuel tank capacity of 15.9 gallons and second comes the Golf R with 14.5 gallons of capacity.

2021 Mini JCW GP Interior

6.2/10

The JCW GP interior is purely dedicated to the track racing wheels. There are no rear seats so that cars don’t have to pull more weight. Only the front two seats are there for 2 adults. Leather and microfiber-trimmed sports seats are offered to hold the riders tightly. The same signature circular panel of MINI is integrated on the dash and a rectangular 8.8-inch infotainment display is stamped in it.

The 2021 JCW GP cabin includes numbered dash trim panel, GP-exclusive digital instrument cluster graphics, and Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel. The JCW GP has a massive 33.4 cubic feet of cargo without the rear seats.

Models

2021 MINI JCW GP

2021 Honda Civic Type-R

2021 Volkswagen Golf R

2021 Subaru WRX STI

Seating Capacity

2

4

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.3/50.6/41.4

39.3/56.9/42.3

38.4/55.9/41.2

39.8/55.6/43.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

N/A

37.4/55/35.9

38.1/53.9/35.6

37.1/54.2/35.4

As all these models are dedicated to tracks, the rear seat comfort does not matter. Still, the Honda Civic Type-R offers decent space in the rear. A decent amount of shoulder room and legroom are offered. The MINI JCW GP offers less shoulder room due to short width.

How’s the 2021 MINI JCW GP’s infotainment system?

There is not a lot to offer in terms of entertainment but the basics are offered in this track-oriented GP. It gets an 8.8-inch infotainment display in the center with a six-speaker sound system, and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple Carplay and real-time traffic info are offered with the MINI Connected infotainment system.

There are plenty of power sources for a two-seater car. The USB-A, USB-C, and one 12-volt outlet is offered in this hot hatch. Even the premium Harman-Kardon sound system and wireless charging are also included. Only the Android Auto is missing in the MINI JCW.

2021 Mini JCW GP Exterior

The 2021 MINI JCW GP exterior looks stunning and always ready for the track. The hardtop two-door hatch carries itself with style. The 4-spoke 18-inch alloys add the finishing factor to this hatch. 

The exclusive front and rear aprons, the GP graphic massive rear spoiler, and lip spoiler make the GP track ready. The racing metallic gray with glossy chili red stripes on bumpers. The weight of the GP is kept lighter for smoother and great performance.

Models

2021 MINI JCW GP

2021 Honda Civic Type-R

2021 Volkswagen Golf R

2021 Subaru WRX STI

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,750

3,117

3,300

3,397

Length (inches)

152.5

179.4

168.4

180.9

Width (inches)

68.0

73.9

70.8

70.7

Height (inches)

55.7

56.5

56.5

58.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.6

5.1

4.8

4.9

Wheelbase (inches)

98.2

106.3

103.5

104.3

The curb weight of JCW GP is less than the rivals to keep it lighter. The ground clearance offered is more than the rivals. Overall, the MINI JCW GP has the same exterior dimensions as the standard JCW, just the weight is kept lighter due to better track performance. Overall, the dimensions are kept balanced.

2021 Mini JCW GP Safety

The 2021 JCW GP is not rated by NHTSA nor by IIHS. The 2020 JCW hardtop did receive ratings of 4 out 5 for overall safety by NHTSA. Even the IIHS has rated it as “Good” for the crash test. 

Some of the key safety features of JCW GP are 4 wheel ABS, brake drying, post-collision safety system, side-impact beams, traction control, driver and passenger knee airbags, stability control, emergency brake assist, and active driving assistant. The Active Driving Assistant includes automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning.

2021 Mini JCW GP Competition

MINI JCW GP vs Honda Civic Type-R

The JCW GP and Civic Type-R both run for the same track-oriented specifications. The price of JCW GP is higher than the Civic Type-R. The performance, design, and fuel economy of this hot hatch is more superior than Civic. Though GP is pricier than Type-R it offers great specifications and also the BMW 2.0L engine is equipped in this tiny power-packed car.

MINI JCW GP vs Volkswagen Golf R

Both are equally capable in their ways. The MINI JCW GP does produce more power than the Golf R but still, the Volkswagen beats the MINI in terms of acceleration. The Volkswagen is cheaper than the MINI but it is not as powerful as MINI. Even the outer design of the GP is more attractive than the Volkswagen Golf R.

MINI JCW GP vs Subaru WRX STI

The Subaru WRX STI does give tough competition to MINI JCW GP, but still, in some places, it plays weak. There are more attractive features offered in JCW than in WRX. No doubt in the capability of Subaru but the engine quality, performance, and acceleration of GP do stand ahead than Subaru WRX STI.

2021 Mini JCW GP Final Verdict

This hot hatch is fully track-oriented material, so if someone is looking for a powerful engine, great performance, and better acceleration this can be a perfect match to your needs. With a price tag of $44,900, the GP offers great sporty dynamics. Even with the great performance, safety has also been kept on priority from Mini.

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