2009 MINI Cooper Clubman Consumer Review: Clearly not a Toyota
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2009 MINI Cooper Clubman - Consumer Review

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Clearly not a Toyota
By dima on

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2009 MINI Cooper Clubman 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)

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Minis are viewed as city cars, however except for the looks, it's a poor city runabout: just try opening those huge heavy doors in a tight parking space! Steering is heavy. Pedals are heavy. Handbrake is heavy. Gearstick is tight. Worst, the engine is so coarse - my wife initially thought it was a diesel! And too slow for Boston traffic flow. Moving it through stop-start traffic is a pain. Turning circle feels surprisingly large too. However it all changes once you get above 30mph. It's an absolute joy on the highway, and through the turns it feels like it can take any curve at any speed. At 2,000 miles, been to the repair shop 3 times already. The dealer's very nice though.

Best Features

Looks, steering/suspension, high-tech toys.

Worst Features

Refine the engine.
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