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A Fun-Sized Drive

A Fun-Sized Drive

Anne Kurian
  • Sporty, fun and power-packed, the MINI JCW 3-Door Hatch is an absolute dream to drive. The Luxury Bulletin takes the performance inspired car for a spin

Good things come in small packages. We couldn’t agree more. Take the MINI JCW 3-Door Hatch for instance. Agile, powerful, sporty, and packed with all the features of MINI in a wonderfully compact car, the JCW 3-Door Hatch proves that small is indeed good. 

Location: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Muscat

Before getting into the nitty-gritties of the power-packed, fun-to-drive MINI JCW 3-Door Hatch, here is a bit of history on the badge that boosts the performance of the MINI fleet. John Cooper Works (JCW for short) is the exclusive in-house tuning, development, and international automotive racing division for MINI. The company was associated with MINI since 1961. In fact, racing driver John Cooper created the first MINI Cooper. BMW, the parent company of MINI, bought JCW in 2007 and since then there has been no turning back for the brand that has established itself as a brand for serious auto sport enthusiasts. From cars for drivers who enjoy a zesty daily commute to MINI Motorsport automobiles, the JCW badge stands for specially tuned and performance inspired cars. 

Coming back to the beauty we have taken out for the day, the JCW 3-Door Hatch is everything that we expected from this MINI automobile. To start off, the JCW 3-Door Hatch sports a stylish look. With contrastingbody colours, stylish body design that include black mesh-design grille, LED headlights, and new alloy wheels, the compact car has a youthful vibe running all around that the MINI has come to be associated with. We were thrilled that our model had the funky shade, Chili Red, on the roof and side-view mirrors. 

Location: Shangri-La Al Husn, Muscat

Inside the JCW 3-Door Hatch, the design is just as stylish. The interior features a fresh, vibrant design; the colour touchscreen display amidst the glossy black and red centre console takes centrestage for us. We have been fans of the MINI’s attention to detail for a long time and in the model we have at hand, it is no different.

Getting behind the wheel of a MINI is an exciting prospect. This probably is also what appeals to MINI owners. Besides being a marque of performance-oriented driving, MINI vehicles emanate unparalleled energy and youthfulness – something we experience every time we are out with a MINI. Our model came with a six-speed transmission and provided the same thrilling ride with more power that we have come to expect from a MINI JCW. 

The thrill is undeniable once you hit the tarmac and take off (even when you keep within legal speed limits). The ride is smooth and the suspension feels sharper in our model. The 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo goes from 0-100 k/hour in 6.1seconds, delivering a maximum torque of 320 Nm at 1,450 – 4,800 rpm. The DNA features racing characteristics and the MINI lives upto expectations. And some more.

The MINI JCW 3-Door Hatch ticks the right boxes for those looking to indulge in get into the exciting world the brand has come to be known for. While it’s fun and sporty to drive, the MINI JCW also gets our vote for being an extremely reliable car that delivers what it promises. 

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