Mini’s extended-wheelbase three-door wagon rolls on unchanged — for now — but will likely soon receive the same major content/design refresh as its shorter relation.
Base 1.6-liter and Cooper S turbo four-cylinder engines continue; John Cooper Works model puts out 208 horsepower compared to 181 for the Cooper S model.
The companion to the Mini Cooper is ideal for those who appreciate the slot-car handling of the original, but need a roomier and more practical package, especially for back-seat passengers. The Clubman is nine inches longer than a standard Mini and provides entry to its two-place rear-seat by way of a small passenger-side half door. As well, its dual rear doors open wide for access to the Clubman’s comparatively cavernous stowage area. To dress up the Clubman there are a number of option packages that include such features as up-level upholstery, a soft-touch stitched leather instrument panel cover, two-tone leather steering wheel, unique 17-inch alloy wheels and other trim pieces, to name just a few. Remaining in all variations is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 121 horsepower while the turbocharged 1.6 found in the Clubman S puts out 181. The John Cooper Works (JCW) option, named for the man who tuned, raced and made a hero out of the original Mini, includes a body kit, fancier interior/exterior trim plus a horsepower bump to 208. All Clubmans (Clubmen?) receive six-speed manual transmissions, or optional six-speed automatics with manual-shift controls (except JCW versions that stick with the stick).
Base price (incl. destination): $22,200
Type: Three-door wagon
Base engine (hp): 1.6-liter DOHC I4 (121)
Optional engine (hp): 1.6-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (181/208, JCW)
Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic (opt.)
MPG (city/hwy): 28/35 (base 1.6, MT)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; stability control; traction control
Weight (lb.): 3,050