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2012 MINI Cooper S Clubman

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$6,426 — $14,198 USED
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4 Seats
31 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.9) 8 reviews

The Good

  • Precise handling
  • Strong brakes
  • Virtually unlimited ways to customize
  • Gas mileage
  • Turbo acceleration (S)

The Bad

  • Some controls inconveniently located
  • Not as much cargo room as some competitors
  • Premium gas recommended
  • Gets pricey with options
  • Wider turning circle than Cooper
2012 MINI Cooper S Clubman exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 MINI Cooper S Clubman
  • Newly available Mini Yours personalization options
  • 9.4 inches longer than Mini Cooper
  • 61 percent more cargo room behind backseat than Cooper
  • Third access door
  • Swing-out rear doors

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview

Mini stretched the length of its Cooper by 9.4 inches to make the four-seat 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.

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

New for 2012
A new way to personalize your Mini debuts with the launch of Mini Yours. The list of premium options includes a two-tone leather-covered instrument panel and steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels and special seat upholstery finishes.

Additionally, the Clubman gets new standard 15-inch wheels, and it can have an optional rearview mirror with a digital compass.

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. Newly optional for 2012 are body-colored C-pillars that are available for certain paint colors. 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 th...

Vehicle Overview

Mini stretched the length of its Cooper by 9.4 inches to make the four-seat 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.

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

New for 2012
A new way to personalize your Mini debuts with the launch of Mini Yours. The list of premium options includes a two-tone leather-covered instrument panel and steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels and special seat upholstery finishes.

Additionally, the Clubman gets new standard 15-inch wheels, and it can have an optional rearview mirror with a digital compass.

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. Newly optional for 2012 are body-colored C-pillars that are available for certain paint colors. 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.

Last year's updates gave all Clubman models new bumper styling, bigger fog lamps and new taillight assemblies. Exterior features include:

  • Available 15-, 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Optional adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Standard folding power side mirrors
  • Hood-scoop intake (on S models)
  • Optional heated mirrors, washer jets and automatic windshield wipers
  • 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 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 30 mpg in mixed driving. Unfortunately, just like the regular Cooper, the Clubman takes premium gas with either engine. Mechanical features include:

  • 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 114 pounds-feet of torque
  • 181-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter 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

John Cooper Works Clubman
A John Cooper Works version of Mini's extended-length Clubman is available for buyers craving more performance. 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 6.8 seconds.

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. There are also John Cooper Works accessories that include  a sport suspension with red springs, drilled brake discs, a rear spoiler and a suspension brace. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
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Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.8)
(5.0)

Mini to the Max

by Tony from Cincinnati from Cincinnati, Ohio on November 6, 2018

Love the Mini Cooper we purchased! Super clean and inpeccable condition! If you’re worried about buying online - don’t be! Truly perfect. The comfort exceeds enough room for a family of five. Cooper S ... Read full review

(5.0)

A fun car to drive and easy on the eyes

by Zoom Zoom from a Mini from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 31, 2018

Not only is the Mini Cooper Clubman S stylish on the exterior and interior; it brings back the zoom zoom spirit in a car. I love the utilitarian purpose of the suicide door; easily accessible. Just ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 MINI Cooper S Clubman currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 MINI Cooper S Clubman has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by MINI

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • 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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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Cooper S Clubman received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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