2011 MINI Cooper Clubman

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$21,100

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2011 MINI Cooper Clubman
2011 MINI Cooper Clubman

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Precise handling
  • Strong brakes
  • Virtually unlimited customizations
  • Gas mileage
  • Standard stability system
  • Turbo acceleration (S)

The bad:

  • Spotty interior quality
  • Some controls inconveniently located
  • Not as much cargo room as some competitors
  • Premium gas recommended
  • Gets pricey with options
  • Wider turning circle than Cooper

2 trims

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Notable features

  • 9.4 inches longer than Mini Cooper
  • More horsepower
  • 61 percent more cargo room behind backseat than Cooper
  • Third access door
  • Swing-out rear doors
  • Standard HD and Sirius radio

2011 MINI Cooper Clubman review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Mini stretched the length of its Cooper by 9.4 inches to make the Cooper Clubman. The extra length creates more 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 two trim levels, the Cooper and turbocharged Cooper S. It competes with sporty hatchbacks ranging from the Mazda3 to the Volvo C30. Mini has added the Cooper Countryman for 2011, a small crossover vehicle with four conventional doors. The Countryman is covered in a separate report in the Cars.com research section.

(Skip to details on the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Clubman)

New for 2011
All models have a little more power, fresh styling touches and new wheels, and standard HD radio and Sirius satellite radio with one year of free service. The base Cooper gains three horsepower to 121 hp, and the turbocharged Cooper S adds nine, to 181 hp.

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 helps the Clubman keep its wheels near the bumpers to improve handling, Mini says. The Clubman has many color combinations, as well as options like checkered side mirrors and a Union Jack roof.

All models have new bumper styling, larger fog lamps and new taillight assemblies. Mini offers five wheel designs on the Clubman, ranging from 15 to 17 inches in diameter, and all are new for 2011. Adaptive xenon headlights are a new option. Exterior features include:

  • Available 15-, 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Available auto-leveling front/rear fog lights
  • Optional adaptive xenon headlights
  • 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. Interior features include:

  • 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
  • Standard multifunction steering wheel
  • Optional automatic climate control
  • Optional heated seats
  • Optional Mini Connected system that has Bluetooth, voice recognition and joystick control
  • Optional Bluetooth and USB/iPod adapter
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
With the manual transmission, Mini says the Cooper S Clubman can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, just 0.2 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 with either engine. Mechanical features include:

  • 121-hp, 1.6-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with 114 pounds-feet of torque
  • 181-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 Cooper John Cooper Works Clubman
A John Cooper Works version of the Mini debuted for 2009 in all three body styles — the regular two-door hatchback, extended-length Clubman and convertible. As yet, there is not a JCW version of the new-for-2011 Mini Countryman crossover.

Changes for 2011 include new bumper covers, taillights, larger fog lights and the sunroof has darker tinted glass. HD Radio and a one-year subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio are standard, and the Mini Connected multimedia and navigation system is optional. It includes a 6.5-inch screen, Bluetooth connectivity and a joystick controller.

John Cooper Works models are powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 208 hp at 6,000 rpm and 192 pounds-feet of torque from 1,850 to 6,600 rpm. (The engine, according to Mini, can briefly raise boost-pressure when accelerating to achieve 207 pounds-feet of torque from 2,000 to 5,100 rpm.)

With the standard six-speed manual transmission, Mini says the John Cooper Works can hit 62 mph in 6.5 seconds (6.8 seconds for the Clubman).

Besides the extensive changes under the hood, these hot-rod Minis also feature unique 17-inch alloy wheels, 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, including Chili Red interior trim, black leather upholstery with red piping and checkered black cloth seats with red stitching.

If those enhancements aren’t enough, you might want to take a look at the available John Cooper Works accessories. They include a sport suspension with red springs, drilled brake discs, a rear spoiler, a suspension brace and carbon-colored trim pieces. Back to top

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

my 2011 MINI Clubman

I purchased my 2011 MINI clubman base at 64xxx miles, and it now has close to 100k. In that time, I have replaced the clutch and the battery. Regular maintenance has been done as well. I absolutely love my MINI, they have so much character; like each one is different. It has been a very reliable car despite it being German engineering. The base model has a bit of trouble at high altitudes getting up steep hills so I definitely recommend the 6 speed manual, plus the S inevitably will have more problems than the base. I have driven it to the ski hill countless times and with the right tires, it did just fine even in white outs. I have gotten countless comments on how spacious the clubman actually is for a MINI, even the back seats! The suspension is pretty stiff, hence its amazing cornering capabilities, though when you hit a Colorado pot hole, it feels like you broke something; either in the car or yourself. but it rolls on! If I wasn't an avid camper and road tripper, I would always keep a MINI in my driveway. In fact once I'm in a position to own two cars, the second will definitely be another MINI; perhaps a new clubman. THE MPG is nothing short of amazing as well.

5.0

Cool Little car that feel huge inside

Great city car, great on gas. I am 6'3" and fit inside perfect. I average 36MPG with gas prices going up this is perfect. Great first car for you new driver

4.4

Like sitting in an airplane cockpit

My favorite thing about the Mini Clubman is the interior. The seat is comfortable, even for long rides, and the controls, even though differently positioned from other vehicles, are within reach. There's plenty of headroom and legroom, even for a tall person. The car is fast and hugs the road on corners. A very fun drive. There's plenty of room in the back for two passengers, or, with the seats down, groceries or even a mini fridge you just picked up at Lowes. Great car on gas mileage, although premium gas is recommended, so the trip to the gas pump can be expensive if premium is high.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by MINI
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile MINI new-car limited warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
Yes
Roadside assistance
Yes
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