MINI Countryman JCW Drives Across a Snowy Alpine Route

The criticism of purists fans on the BMW’s only SUV started since the launch of the modern MINI Countryman. The Countryman, now in its second generation, is the heaviest and biggest. It is the least dynamically thrilling MINI ever made from all MINI that BMW produced. With the John Cooper Works’ sportier version, that doesn’t mean it can’t be entertaining.

MINI Countryman JCW Drives Across a Snowy Alpine Route

Its enhanced all-year usability gives up part of that old-school kart feel. MINI Countryman John Cooper Works plays in the snow in the Bavarian Alps in this new photo collection.

Indeed, driving the MINI Countryman John Cooper Works in the snowy Alpine area of Allgäu in Bavaria is a great way to have some fun. A 2.-0-litre turbocharged engine of the small sporty MINI is perfect for winter adventures. Like the engine that powers the M135i and M235i, it produces 306 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. With that said, it can easily take the snow with ease by its MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system and Aisin eight-speed auto. 

However, it isn’t precisely thrilling on a tight, winding, paved road. It’s a bit too grippy, too heavy, and massive to be fun. The MINI Countryman JCW becomes enjoyable with removed tarmac, fresh powder, and reduced grip levels.

What also helps the MINI is its higher ground clearance. However, purists favour an original Mini with the ground clearance of a skateboard. Even so, its ride height and size is handy on snowy Alpine paths but may upset purists. Roof racks, roof boxes, bike racks, and other roof rail accessories are available for the MINI Countryman John Cooper Works, and you should indulge. If you were stuck, such items would make the treks a little easier on certain snowy roads.

Photos of a Countryman John Cooper Works across a snowy Alpine route convince car enthusiasts to experience driving a MINI.

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