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By Cars.com Staff
October 28, 2009
Vehicle Overview Mini stretched the length of its Cooper by 9.4 inches to make the Cooper Clubman. The extra length benefits legroom for the Clubman's two rear passengers and cargo room behind the backseat is larger. There's a pair of split-opening rear doors that swing out to either side, rather than the regular Cooper's conventional hatchback. There's also a rear-hinged access door on the passenger side.
The Clubman comes in three trim levels: the Cooper, the turbocharged Cooper S and the turbocharged John Cooper Works edition. It competes with sporty hatchbacks ranging from the Mazda3 to the Volvo C30.
New for 2010 Cruise control is now standard on all models, which also have a new steering wheel with multifunction controls. A Harman Kardon sound system is a new option for all models. Mini celebrates its 50th anniversary with two packages for the hardtop, the Camden and the Mayfair (named after two locations in London). Both have unique paint, wheels, and exterior and interior trim; they come with the 172-horsepower turbocharged engine.
Exterior Differences between the regular Cooper and the Cooper Clubman are most apparent in back, where the Clubman's rear-quarter pillars are painted in contrasting black or silver. It matches the rear bumper and, if desired, the roof. The swing-out doors necessitate a split rear window, and each portion gets its own wiper.
The wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer, which Mini says helps the Clubman keep its wheels near the bumpers to improve handling. The Clubman has more than 40 possible color combinations, as well as options like checkered side mirrors and a Union Jack roof.
Available 15-, 16- or 17-inch wheels
Available auto-leveling front/rear fog lights
Standard folding power mirrors
Hood-scoop intake (on S models)
Optional heated mirrors, washer jets and automatic windshield wipers
Optional automatic bi-xenon headlamps with integrated washers
Optional dual-panel panoramic power sunroof
Dual exhaust pipes (on S models)
Interior The interior looks much like the regular Cooper's, with a large circular speedometer mounted in the center of the dashboard and plenty of toggle switches among the center controls.
Backseat passengers have 32.3 inches of legroom, up from 29.9 inches in the regular Cooper. Cargo room behind the rear seats totals 9.2 cubic feet; with the rear seats folded, maximum cargo room totals 32.8 cubic feet, up from 24 cubic feet in the regular Cooper. That makes for a habitable space but doesn't mean the Clubman has cavernous dimensions. It's nowhere near as roomy as most cars in its class, but it's appreciably roomier than the regular Cooper.
Available cloth, leatherette or leather upholstery
Standard power windows and locks, plus keyless entry
Standard air conditioning with a climate-controlled glove box
Standard push-button start
New multifunction steering wheel
Optional automatic climate control
Optional heated seats
Optional Harman Kardon sound system
Optional Bluetooth and USB/iPod adapter
Optional navigation system
Under the Hood With the manual, Mini says the Cooper S Clubman can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds, which is just 0.3 seconds slower than the regular Cooper S.
The Clubman gets a combined 32 mpg in mixed driving. Unfortunately, just like the regular Cooper, the Clubman takes premium fuel. Mechanical features include:
118-hp, 1.6-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with 114 pounds-feet of torque
172-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four-cylinder with 177 pounds-feet of torque (S models)
Standard six-speed manual transmission
Optional six-speed automatic transmission
Standard performance tires or optional all-season tires
Standard sport button with accelerator and steering programs
Optional sport suspension with stiffer front and rear stabilizer bars
Safety Safety features include:
Standard side-impact airbags
Standard side curtain airbags
Standard antilock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution
Standard electronic stability system
Mini John Cooper Works Clubman The John Cooper Works Clubman was new for 2009. It's powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that, according to Mini, can briefly raise boost-pressure to achieve 207 pounds-feet of torque when accelerating.
Besides the extensive changes under the hood, this hot-rod Mini also features unique high-performance brakes and a different exhaust system. As with other Minis, the automaker offers a number of ways to personalize John Cooper Works cars.
208-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with 192 pounds-feet of torque