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2018 Cooper 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $24,800
2018 Cooper 4dr ALL4 Price:   -  From $26,650
2018 Cooper S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,450
2018 Cooper S 4dr ALL4 Price:   -  From $30,300
2018 John Cooper Works 4dr ALL4 Price:   -  From $35,900

Overview

Easy-going, good-looking hatchbacks that are fun to drive are lacking on today’s roads, which is where the Mini Clubman comes in to save the day. The Clubman returned for the 2016 model year as a true four-door model with side-swinging doors at the back – so technically, it's one of the only six-door vehicles on the market. The Clubman also brought some more interior space with it, crucial for those that actually want to ferry four passengers regularly. For drivers looking for an enjoyable, versatile hatchback that’s fun to drive, the new 2018 Clubman is worth a test drive.

What's New for 2018

After the Clubman’s major redesign in 2016 and barely any changes in 2017, the 2018 Clubman arrives with minor changes. Models manufactured from July and onward will come with Apple CarPlay support as part of an available Technology Package.

Another addition, Attentiveness Assistant, is a convenience feature that can detect when drivers are starting to doze off behind the wheel and suggest that they take a break – it will now be fitted to the Clubman as a standard feature. The last minor change for 2018 models are the deletion of metal inlays from the rear door sills.

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Choosing Your MINI Clubman

The new Clubman solves a real-world dilemma that owners face with other Minis, which is a lack of space. The four-door Clubman is 11 inches longer and three inches wider than the Mini Hardtop and occupies about as much space on the road as a Volkswagen Golf. In the cabin, that translates to a trunk volume of 17.5 cubic feet with the rear row in place and a total of 47.9 cubic feet with the seats down. That’s a lot more than the regular Hardtop, which only has a trunk volume of 8.7 cubic feet and a cargo volume of 34 cubic feet.

While the Clubman is bigger than the regular Mini Hardtop, it carries the same engine lineup, and is just as capable of having fun. The base engine in the Cooper Clubman is a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder that generates 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic and sends its power to the front wheels. Regardless of whether you change gears yourself or have the car do it for you, the Cooper Clubman can get to 60 miles per hour in 8.9 seconds.

The Cooper S Clubman gets a more powerful turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard, although an eight-speed automatic is quicker and thriftier – 60 mph arrives in just 6.9 seconds.

The range-topping John Cooper Works Clubman shares the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the Cooper 2 Clubman, but is upgraded to churn out 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. With even more power and an eight-speed sport automatic transmission with paddle shifters – a six-speed manual is standard – the JCW Clubman can get to 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds.

Mini's All4 all-wheel-drive system is a $1,850 option on the Cooper and Cooper S Clubman and comes standard on the JCW.

Minis remain remarkably customizable vehicles. Consumers can choose from multiple upholstery styles and shades, unique interior trims and paint lines, chrome styling kits, and even light-up elements in the door panels. These can inflate the price rapidly, though, so keep that in mind when building your ideal Mini.

MINI Clubman

Cooper

The entry-level Clubman starts at $25,650 (all prices include a $850 destination and handling fee) and is fitted with a 134-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. The Clubman comes with 16-inch wheels as stock, heated exterior mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, six-way Carbon Black Leatherette seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, a six-speed manual transmission, a 6.5-inch infotainment system, and a rear-view camera with rear parking sensors.

Available packages on the Clubman include the Cold Weather Package ($750) that adds heated front seats and auto-dimming, powerfold exterior mirrors. The Technology Package ($2,250) adds an 8.8-inch touchscreen navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Wireless Device Charging, a head-up display, and more.

The available Sport Package ($2,000) attaches 17-inch alloy wheels, sport seats, LED headlights, and adaptive dampers. The Premium Package ($1,800) adds a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a Harman/Kardon audio system, and push-button start. For those that want it all, the Fully Loaded Package ($5,000) bundles popular options from the four lesser packages into one.

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Cooper S

The next model up, the Cooper S Clubman is priced at $29,300 and is powered by a larger 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 189 hp. The Cooper S Clubman comes with front fog lights, toggle ignition switch, and 17-inch silver vent spoke wheels as standard.

The Cooper S Clubman has the same available packages and a la carte options as the other trims, but the Fully Loaded Package is $500 less at $4,500.

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John Cooper Works

The John Cooper Works Clubman ALL4 starts at $36,750 and features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine cranking out 228 hp. The top-of-the-line Clubman comes with LED headlights, Dinamica microsuede, a black headliner, Performance Control, sport suspension, 18-inch John Cooper Works wheels, John Cooper Works Sport Seats, JCW leather steering wheel, and a rear spoiler as standard.

Available packages include the Technology Package and the Premium Package.

CarsDirect Tip

Unless you live in an area that gets a lot of snowfall, skip the All4 models. While the John Cooper Works trim sounds like the most-exciting trim, the Cooper S Clubman’s 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is peppy enough to get the job done and is more balanced for everyday use. The Technology Package is a worthwhile upgrade, while Dynamic Damper Control (adaptive dampers) are worth the $500 price.

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Expert Review

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2018 Mini Clubman occupies a strange place in the market. Funky styling, staggering customization options, powertrain options that span from thrifty to thrilling, and a size and form factor that’s about equal to a Volkswagen Golf makes this Mini a smart all-around purchase for consumers that can afford a price tag that tends to increase suddenly.

Best Value

Mini prides itself on building no two cars that are exactly alike. While packages are available that make customization easy, every option is available as a la carte, while a healthy array of purely aesthetic features is there to help owners stand out.

The bad news is that this customization is rarely cheap. The smart buy in the Clubman range is the middle child, the Cooper S. While we tested a high-performance John Cooper Works model, its high starting price and occasionally over-aggressive attitude might not appeal to every buyer – the Cooper S boasts most of its performance in a far more tolerable everyday character. We’d pass on the available All4 all-wheel-drive system and stick with the standard front-drive layout.

Things get tricky once those simple decisions are made. Like BMW, Mini only offers two no-cost color options – Pepper White and Moonwalk Grey – so plan on budgeting $500 for one of the more expressive paints (or $1,000 for the beautiful Lapisluxury Blue). On the bright side, Mini does offer its traditional contrasting roof (in either black, white, or Melting Silver) at no charge.

Packages make ordering easy, so we’d recommend starting there. While it’s expensive, the $4,500 Fully Loaded Package blends the Sport, Premium, and Technology Package while giving customers a $1,050 discount. Customers can select these packages independently, too, although the value here is hard to ignore. The Cold Weather Package rings up at $750, but $250 of that is for power-folding side mirrors – might as well save that and grab the standalone heated front seats.

The Mini’s cabin is a blank slate for customers – aside from the upholstery and dash trim, customers can add different steering wheels, roofliners, door panels (including neat illuminated setups), and even change up the back of the rear-view mirror. The most expensive option is undeniably the upholstery, which can range from $750 to $2,250. Other trim changes cost $400 – we’d suggest budgeting for something between that number and $1,000 for these purely aesthetic changes.

Here’s how we’d configure our Mini Clubman.

  • Model: 2018 Mini Cooper S Clubman
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 189 hp / 207 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 23 City / 32 Hwy
  • Options: Metallic paint ($500), Fully Loaded Package ($4,500, adaptive dampers, head-up display, LED foglights, LED headlights, proximity entry, panoramic sunroof, wireless charge pad, 8.8-inch infotainment system with navigation, Harmon Kardon audio, 17-inch wheels), heated front seats ($500), Black Pearl Leatherette/Cloth upholstery ($750), Mini Yours Sport leather steering wheel ($250), Fiber Alloy Illuminated interior trim ($400)
  • Base Price: $29,300 (including $850 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $36,200

Performance

MINI Clubman

Golf-sized the Mini Clubman may be, but it offers a broader selection of driving experiences. The base Cooper model and its thrifty turbocharged three-cylinder is a peach (134 hp and 162 lb-ft), a great reminder that a car can be just as much fun at low speeds as it is at higher ones. Abundant low-end torque gives this engine a diesel-like character, although like a diesel, power fades quickly as the revs rise.

The Cooper S really is the sweet spot, with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Plenty of low and mid-range torque make it easy to exploit the Clubman’s still-small footprint to make nippy passes at urban and suburban speeds. On the freeway, the willingness of the Cooper S’ 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder – an engine the Mini shares with a whole host of BMW models – to rev makes it an able companion. Stick with the standard six-speed manual for the most entertaining pairing.

The John Cooper Works model we tested is by far more aggressive. With 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque from the same 2.0-liter turbo-four, the JCW is quick without escalating to the occasionally scary speeds found in Honda Civic Type R or Ford Focus RS. It distinguishes itself in more ways than just power – its freer-flowing exhaust is much louder and it cracks and pops on overrun, while the throttle response is much sharper, too. Mini claims the JCW Clubman will take six seconds to hit 60 miles per hour, although it feels a bit quicker than that.

All Clubmans are available with all-wheel drive, but only the JCW comes standard with it. It adds weight and complexity, but as far as all-weather ability goes, it gives the Clubman a welcome boost in stability and capability. Still, we’d rather have a good set of snow tires over the expense and weight that comes with Mini’s All4 all-wheel-drive system.

Regardless of which Clubman we’re talking about, each trim features a quick, direct steering setup and a suspension that does its best at balancing Mini’s traditional go-kart-like feel. It fails, mostly, but the engineers did try. The firm suspension, even with the optional adaptive dampers, transmits most imperfections into the cabin. We’d strongly recommend avoiding the available 19-inch wheels in favor of a more conservative 17-inch setup, and while it’s a risky proposition, swapping out the standard run-flat tires for a more traditional bit of rubber should have a marked effect on the ride quality. But the reality is that the Mini Clubman simply isn’t as comfortable as similarly sized cars. It’s a hell of a lot more fun, though.

Minimal body roll and a lack of squat and dive mean drivers can plunge into corners at speeds that don’t seem reasonable in a small car. The current crop of Minis still don’t have anything on their predecessors from the early 2000s (let alone the Minis sold in the last half of the 20th century), but the Clubman is among the most engaging, entertaining small cars on the market.

Style

A busy tail, barn doors, double wipers, and an overabundance of badges is the exterior’s biggest downside. But because the Clubman is significantly wider than a Mini Hardtop, the brand’s current fascia design looks far more natural. It’s still not pretty, but the width deemphasizes the upright nature of the grille and headlights.

Available stripe packages, plenty of exterior color combos (remember, the contrasting roof is free and comes in three shades), and little touches like mirror cap designs allow owners to spice up and hide overshadow the Clubman’s most disappointing styling elements. We’d strongly recommend grabbing the no-cost Stealth Package, which removes Mini’s winged logo on the driver’s side and the requisite “Cooper” designation on the passenger side.

Mini’s unique interior design has been toned down over the years and borders on conventional in the Clubman. The window switches are on the door panels, rather than toggle switches in the center stack, and the speedometer has been integrated with a slim tachometer on the steering column. It’s a win for functionality but a loss for funky, bold design. Still, the ability to pick crazy upholstery (we dig the maroon and blue leather schemes offered on the Clubman) and attach fashionable cabin trims makes the Mini a fun place to spend time.

The front seats, especially the sport seats, are supportive and firm. Throw the Clubman into a turn and these chairs hold driver and passenger in place. We’d like a little more give in the cushions, though. Space in front is abundant, even for tall drivers. The Clubman is much more versatile than a Mini Hardtop, but it’s down on leg room and cargo space compared to a Volkswagen Golf. Will owners miss the extra 1.3 inches of second-row leg room or 5.3 cubic feet of cargo space found in the Volkswagen? Not likely, especially if style/performance/content is more important than practicality.

The Best and Worst Things

Like every Mini, the Clubman is a blank canvas. You can design one, custom order it from the factory – built-to-order cars have been a fixture of the Mini range since its reintroduction in the early 2000s – and within two to three months, you can take delivery of a vehicle that’s as close to one-of-a-kind as a mainstream car can get. You’d need a Bentley, Ferrari, Porsche, or some other ultra-luxury brand to get a car as custom built as a Mini.

The cost of this customization isn’t as high as a Bentley or Ferrari, but it’s still far from cheap. A Cooper S Clubman starts at $29,300, but a quick run through the online configurator and it’s not hard to build a car that adds 50 percent of that price in optional goodies. Grab a John Cooper Works model, and a $50,000 Clubman is a real possibility.

Right For? Wrong For?

MINI Clubman

Customers that value cars with personality and an exclusive experience will love the Clubman. It’s fun to drive and approachable, and thanks to the limitless customization, it’s safe to say that you’ll never stumble on another identically configured Clubman.

Shrinking violets need not apply. The Clubman’s design alone is a four-wheeled personality statement, but with the host of paints and interior and exterior accents, it’s a vehicle that reflects its owner’s personality in a way that few vehicles can.

The Bottom Line

It’s not cheap, but the Clubman is a fun, stylish, personality filled alternative to today’s small hatchbacks.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-3 / 134 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 6-spd Steptronic w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 34 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-3 / 134 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 34 / 29 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
47.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
92 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
168.3 "
Exterior Width
70.9 "
Exterior Height
56.7 "
Front Headroom
40.2 " / 39.0 "
Rear Headroom
38.0 " / 36.9 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
34.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,105 Lbs. / 3,160 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
18.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Silver Aluminum / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 17.0 " Black Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Black Aluminum / 18.0 "
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Stripe / Clearcoat Two-tone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored / Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Sensatec Leatherette / Leatherette / Cloth / Cloth/leatherette / Cloth/leather / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / 8-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way / 8-way / (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
6-way / 8-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench / 40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Seek-scan / Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 12 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Rear / Parking Assistant With Front & Rear Pdc Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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