2017 Mini Cooper Clubman

Pros: Fun to drive; roomier than most Minis; available all-wheel drive

Cons: Quirky controls; pricey for a small car

CG Says: For 2017, the Mini Cooper Clubman gains all-wheel-drive models badged ALL4. The Cooper Clubman was redesigned last year and gained a door. The previous 3-door Clubman had a rear-hinged, right-side door. The new Clubman is true 4 door. However, Clubman still retains the previous generation’s dual “barn door” rear cargo doors. The Clubman is larger than both the model it replaced and the Cooper 4-door Hardtop. Compared with the Hardtop, it’s almost 11 inches longer on a 4-inch-longer wheelbase. It is also 2.9-inches wider, which permits increasing passenger capacity from four to five. Two engines are offered. The base model has a 134-horsepower turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, while the S model is powered by a 189-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder. There is a choice of 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmissions. Clubman is now available with both front-wheel and all-wheel drive. The longer, heavier Clubman retains most of Mini’s driving-fun quotient, but has more passenger and cargo room than the Hardtop—along with a better ride. As with other Minis, the controls are quirky and can be difficult to master. The new Clubman is a good choice for Mini loyalists who need more room, but keep in mind that prices quickly escalate when options are added and can be quite high for a small car.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Cars
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mini
Nation of Manufacture England
Base Prices Base: $24,100
AWD Base ALL4: $25,900
S: $27,650
AWD S ALL4: $29,450

Base Engine
1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder
Horsepower
134
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34-35

Optional Engine
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower
189
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-34

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2017 Mini Cooper S Clubman
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2017 Mini Cooper S Clubman ALL4