2009 MINI Cooper Clubman 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)
The Clubman has given us a practical reasons to have a fun car. My wife has been wanting a MINI for years. With two kids, that wasn't happening...until the Clubman came. We have a 4 year old and a 5 month old. Car seats and entry and exit are no problem on the passenger side, thanks to the third door. Behind the driver's seat is a little tight, but basically a non-issue. After driving it for the last few months, I kind of wish we got the S. But the straight 4 cyl does well in almost all our driving conditions, except when I want to really push it up a hill from a stop.
Auto climate control, heated seats, bluetooth phone capabilities, sports mode that makes accelerator more sensitive and steering more stiff, double moon roof, auto wipers. And of course being able to run corners like the proverbial go- cart that the mini is always compared to. 33mpg in town, 40 hwy
Remove the seat-back tilting mechanism and lumbar support knob from seat and put electric toggle on dash somewhere. There isn't enough room to get one's hand to those controls where they are currently, without having to raise the arm rest.