Stretching the concept of “Mini” further than any vehicle in the company’s history, the Mini Cooper Clubman represents the biggest vehicle ever produced by the manufacturer famous for building small cars. Building on the formula that debuted with the 2008 Clubman, the latest version seats five and has four doors on the sides and two out back.
2016 to Present: Mini Clubman
With an iconic design that is immediately familiar and driving dynamics that belie the compact segment and price tag, the Mini Clubman offers real-world utility without sacrificing the brand’s well-deserved reputation for individuality and fun.
The current Mini Cooper Clubman is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional.
The sportier Mini Cooper S Clubman gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that creates 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The Cooper S also comes with the standard six-speed manual, while an eight-speed automatic transmission is optional.
The all-wheel-drive Mini Cooper Clubman All4 can be equipped with either engine and comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available eight-speed automatic.
Serving as Mini’s flagship vehicle, the Cooper Clubman captures the spirit of the manufacturer and imbues it upon what the company calls a “more mature and refined” vehicle. Longer and wider than anything else in the brand’s lineup, the Clubman strives to appeal to a larger audience by offering enhanced utility and real-world functionality. The back seat offers room for three and the cargo space is large enough to accommodate family road-trip luggage.
Mini’s attention to detail and premium feel translate well into the Clubman. The leatherette seats are comfortable and look great. The fit and finish is excellent and Mini’s choice of interior surfaces enhances the upscale appeal of the wagon. Standard technology includes an infotainment system with USB and wireless Bluetooth connectivity. The ability to customize the Clubman to your exact requirements, tastes and needs make the Clubman a nearly perfect canvas to create your ideal vehicle.
As nice as the Mini Cooper Clubman is to look at and sit inside, the real joy of ownership is found behind the wheel. With precise steering, excellent handling and enthusiast-pleasing performance, the turbocharged Clubman may be the most fun you can have driving an affordably priced wagon.
The Mini Cooper Clubman represents excellent value and has a unique appeal, garnering fans for its blend of practicality and fun. Major competitors include the Fiat 500L and the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.
Earlier Mini Cooper Clubman Models
The first-generation Mini Cooper Clubman was offered from 2008 to 2014. The model debuted as the largest Mini to date and married the brilliant go-kart-like handling of the Mini Cooper to a design that offered more utility and practicality.
The base engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, while a turbocharged 1.6-liter four is found under the hood of the Cooper S model. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is available.
In 2009, a higher performance John Cooper Works model was added. It includes a more powerful version of the turbo four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. An automatic would be available later.
In 2010, the Mayfair and Camden decorative trim packages were added to celebrate Mini’s 50th anniversary. And in 2012 Mini introduced the “Mini Yours” feature that allowed buyers to configure their Clubman from a variety of cosmetic options. Standard Bluetooth was added for the 2013 model year.