Holy barn doors, Batman. The Mini Clubman is a longer, wagon version of the Hardtop 4-Door with rear barn doors in place of the Hardtop's hatchback. Mini introduced a redesigned Clubman for the 2016 model year, which became the first Mini outside the Countryman to offer available AWD.
The Clubman competes with other hatchbacks and wagons including the Kia Soul, Subaru Outback, and Mazda 3.
The Clubman is a fun little thing, even if it's not quite as little as the Mini Hardtop with which it shares a platform. Although the Clubman isn't as tossable as that car, it's still enjoyable if you find yourself in the twisties. During our one-year long-term review, we appreciated the Clubman's superior (but still firm) ride comfort and additional cargo capacity over the conventional Mini. That said, the barn doors are more gimmick than feature; a hatchback would be more practical.
As for drawbacks, value is near the top of the list. The Clubman's sticker price can quickly balloon past $40,000, which is a lot for a semi-premium compact wagon. Base models make do with an older infotainment system shown on a small, non-touchscreen display, too. For some buyers, the fashion statement and whimsical drive of the Clubman will make it a worthwhile choice over less expensive competitors.
Although it was previously offered with Mini's turbo I-3, every Clubman these days is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four. Output depends on whether you opt for the Clubman S or the John Cooper Works variant.
In the case of the FWD and AWD (All4) versions of the Clubman S, it develops 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. New for 2021, a six-speed manual is once again available on FWD variants as an alternative to the seven-speed dual-clutch auto; an eight-speed conventional automatic is standard on All4 cars. Regardless of drive type, the S can scoot from 0 to 60 in 7.0 seconds with the automatic. Fuel economy is rated at 22-25/32-35 mpg with FWD examples holding a 3-mpg advantage over All4 variants and those automatic transmissions sipping less fuel than cars with the six-speed manual.
Under the hood of the AWD-only John Cooper Works model, a version of the 2.0-liter cranks out a healthy 301 hp and 331 lb-ft. That car hits 60 in 6.4 seconds. Fuel economy is almost identical to the Cooper S All4 at 23/31 mpg.
Although the Clubman specifically has not been tested by the IIHS, the mechanically similar standard Mini Hardtop gets Good crashworthiness ratings, Acceptable or Poor headlight scores, and an Advanced front crash prevention rating. Mini includes its Active Driving Assistant as standard on the Clubman, a package that includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking plus automatic high-beams. A Driver Assistance package available on Signature and Iconic trims adds front parking sensors, parking assistant, a head-up display, and adaptive cruise control.
Cargo and interior space are the best reasons to choose a Mini Clubman over a Hardtop 4-Door. The Clubman offers the same 41.4 inches of front legroom as the Hardtop but Clubman rear passengers enjoy 34.3 inches of space instead of 32.3. Cargo volume measures 17.5 cubic feet behind the rear bench and 47.9 cubes with the seats folded down; those numbers are significant improvements over the Hardtop's 13.1 and 40.7 cubic feet.
The Clubman comes standard with a 6.5-inch infotainment display that gains touch functionality on Signature models and swells to 8.8 inches in Iconic trim. Apple CarPlay and navigation are included on Signature trims and above. A 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system is standard on higher trims and available as an option on the Clubman Classic.
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