The goal of the Mini Cooper Clubman is to bring Mini Cooper charm to a more practical package. With four doors and seating for five, the 2019 Mini Clubman fulfills that mission, though the price can push it into the territory of more established rivals.
What's New for 2019
Mini’s 2018 models have only been with us for a few months, but the brand is already rolling out major changes to the way they'll structure their trims for 2019. Options are streamlined into three trim tiers for each model: Classic, Signature, and Iconic. Classic is the most minimalist of the three, while the Iconic level is packed with features.
Choosing Your MINI Clubman
Clubman trims are dictated by engine and drive configuration. The 2019 models start with the same two powertrain options as the 2018 models: a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder producing 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft. In the sporty John Cooper Works version, the larger engine is tuned to produce a healthy 228 hp and 258 lb-ft. These engines are available with either an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.
An automatic Clubman achieves an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon city, 32 highway, and 27 combined. The larger engine is nearly as efficient at 23 mpg city, 32 highway, and 27 combined. Adding all-wheel drive to either will drop these numbers slightly.
The Clubman will still seat five adults in relative comfort. Cargo capacity isn’t exceptional at 17.5 cubic feet, though putting down the rear seats does open it up to 47.9 cubic feet. As a subsidiary of BMW, Mini Cooper likes to keep their interiors upscale. Push-button start is standard, as is dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, a rear parking sensor, and adjustable ambient lighting.
The 2019 Clubman lineup includes five models: Clubman, Clubman All4, S Clubman, S Clubman All4, and John Cooper Works Clubman All4.
The new trim structure makes customization easy, but it’s still hard to imagine paying more than $40,000 for a Mini Cooper. Keep it simple: Classic and Signature trims are still well-appointed. Instead, spend your cash on the upgrade to the S Clubman, which gives some much-needed pep in the engine department while keeping costs relatively low.