Absent from the lineup for one season, the MINI Clubman returned for the 2016 model year as a true four-door model. The previous version had a three-door configuration. In addition to a substantial redesign and enlargement, the reworked Clubman promised greater emphasis on convenience and passenger comfort. If you appreciate versatility, along with MINI-brand character, the charming Clubman is worth considering.
What's New for 2017
Following a major redesign for 2016, including new TwinPower Turbo engines, an all-wheel drive ALL4 model joins the lineup for the 2017 model year. Introduced at the New York Auto Show in March 2016, the ALL4 comes in both base and Cooper S form, with a three- or four-cylinder turbocharged engine, respectively.
Choosing Your MINI Clubman
The latest Clubman features a conventional four-door design, made possible by adding four inches to the wheelbase. Overall, the Clubman is 11 inches longer and 3 inches wider than the familiar MINI Cooper four-door hatchback, on which it’s based.
Rather than a rear hatch, dual swing-out doors ease access to 48 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seats folded. (Volume totals 17.5 cubic feet with rear seatbacks up.). Judged by interior room, the Clubman now ranks in the same league as more conventional hatchbacks and compact wagons.
Two TwinPower Turbo engines are available. The base Clubman holds a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that develops 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. In the Clubman S, a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine develops 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet. A Getrag six-speed manual transmission is standard with each engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission is optional for both, but Cooper S models get a Steptronic version with paddle shifters and Launch Control.
New for 2017, ALL4 models come with all-wheel drive, which is designed to enhance agility as well as provide increased traction on slippery pavements. Working with Dynamic Stability Control, the AWD system precisely distributes drive torque between front and rear wheels.
All Clubman models provide a choice of three driving modes: Sport, Mid (Normal), and Green.
The 2017 Clubman is available in four trim levels:
Like all MINIs, the Clubman is impressively configurable. Many package features are available separately, along with numerous trim upgrades (including John Cooper Works interior and exterior packages). MINI even offers a Fully Loaded Package with most major options, at a discounted price.
MINIs have long been known for “go-kart” handling, but the Clubman adds practical space for passengers and cargo. The three-cylinder engine propels the base Clubman to 60 mph in a reasonably brisk 8.9 seconds. Acceleration time dips to 7 seconds with the S model, which costs $3,550 more. The new ALL4 is a bit quicker, for an $1,800 premium. In addition to all-weather traction, the ALL4 promises improved agility while accelerating and rolling through curves.