Body styling on the MINI Cooper Clubman is a true " love - hate" situation. With the low roof line, low ground clearance, cavernous interior, sports car type handling, whats not to like? Well, some pe...
Body styling on the MINI Cooper Clubman is a true " love - hate" situation. With the low roof line, low ground clearance, cavernous interior, sports car type handling, whats not to like? Well, some people refer to the Clubman as a MINI Cooper "wagon". Yes you can stuff two more in the back seats, but it is not easily accomplished with out some serious thought. The "third" door is really the only way manage this feat in a graceful manner.
Interior controls are quirky unless you have a private pilots license then you will love the various array of switches, knobs, displays and the different locations throughout the dashboard and overhead. Seating is very comfortable even on a long trip. The dual sunroofs add a very clever touch to the ceiling and provide the extra natural sun light needed in a small interior environment.
My Clubman S is an automatic without the NAV or Comfort Key entry system or the Bluetooth connection. You can add your own GPS and Bluetooth for less than $200. The "keyless" ignition is manageable but the replacements are a "dealer only" item or you can buy a aftermarket one and hope that you can find a locksmith to program the fob.
Ownership grants you acceptance into the MINI "club" and all of the benefits of driving a vehicle that some people either have envy or disdain for your choice. I love the 30 mpg in the city and close to 40 on the highway. It is easy to get in and out of tight spaces, fewer door dings and all of my groceries fit in the back behind the clever little double doors.
There are many used vehicle to choose from so one should take time to do their "due diligence" and check out the mechanical condition. Basic maintenance is fairly easy for the back yard mechanic. The internet is loaded with information on maintenance tips and "how to" procedures. Aftermarket parts are available and at reasonable prices.