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MINI Cooper Clubman Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.6 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 118 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 28/36 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman

  • The 2010 Mini Cooper Clubman retains the personality and fun of its smaller stablemate and adds much-needed space and practicality.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Retro British style with modern BMW engineering, immensely fun to drive, roomier than the regular Cooper, excellent fuel economy, highly customizable.

  • Cons

    Form-over-function interior controls, space still isn't great, suspension may be too stiff for some, noisy on the highway, terrible base stereo, potentially high price.

  • What's New for 2010

    The 2010 Mini Cooper Clubman now gets cruise control and a multifunction steering wheel as standard equipment, while the optional upgraded sound system receives Harman Kardon branding.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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2 of 5 people found this review helpful

I have a love/hate relationship

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Vehicle: 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman S 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I have been driving my first Mini for a year now and have a love/hate relationship with it. First the Love: Yes, it is a blast to drive (and park ), it has the best seat heaters on the planet, and the milage/fun can't be beat ! Now for the Hate: Some of the controls are just plain maddening, the rearview mirror and the barn doors create the worst blind spots ever. Overall I love the car, a year later and I still smile every time I get behind the wheel, but I wish Mini would not be quite so quirky with those controlls, it's just maddening. Fun car to drive, and still get 30 MPG ave, sure you could get more driving a Prius, but if you want to drive a car with personality ...



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Love my mini/ beemer clubman

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Vehicle: 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)

If you have ever wanted a car that is a blast to drive, gets great gas mileage and has a high resale value this is the car for you. If a BMW 328i and a Honda Fit had a child this would be it. I am 6'5" 230 lbs. and this car has more interior space than my BMW. My Clubman is great for mountain biking, kayaking, surfing and has room for my home depot trips. I would highly recommend this car. Love My Mini!




Just love it

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Vehicle: 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)

I'm a big guy and everyone said "You fit in a Mini?" Well not only do I fit, but took it on a 4.5 hour drive and was very comfortable. Everyone who has sat in the front seat has the same opine. With 45 mph on hwy, and 22 mph around town, how can I go wrong (I have the 6 speed manual transmission). Some of the design features are strange, but I don't have a single complaint (except you can't buy windshield wiper blades aftermarket). Go MINI!




Runs like a deer

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Vehicle: 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman S 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

This vehicle is just plain fun the drive. Traded a G35 and wrongly thought I'd miss the performance. The rear, with seats down, is larger the many bigger cars trunks. There are 2 levels of storage under the floor in the rear. The barn doors are easy to use and better then a swing up door in tight places. Parking is a breeze. I now have about 4 more feet of usable space in my garage. The back seats lack leg room but are very comfortable with the front seats moved a bit forward. The roof rack system will carry just about anything I can think of and is much easier to reach then a SUV. This is a well thought out vehicle with lots to offer regardless of its size or any size.




2010 clubman s

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Vehicle: 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman S 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

This is my first mini after a 3 years love affair with a BMW 328i but gas is expensive and I either would have purchased a VW Golf or a Mini. So far so good. It is surprisingly fast and as expected good on gas. The moonroof is great but I miss being able to avoid the sun completely. It corners real well. It takes a while before the GIANT speedometer grows on you. But, you will get over it. It is basically a 4 cyl BMW 3 series. If reliability is not an issue over the years, then it is a great car by all means. The HK audio has too much base. It is tight inside but cozy and snug.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fun and practical

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Vehicle: 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman S 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I have owned 2 Mini's in the past so I knew what I was getting into when I shopped for a Clubman S. Space is wonderful for a Mini. Be real. No one cross shops a Suburban and Mini. I have taken two road trips in my Mini and I love every moment in it. It had way more than enough power in the Col. mts, yet good fuel economy (36 hwy, 26 city). I had 2 adults with about 4 duffel bags, all of which stowed nicely in the rear. The car is quick, amazingly fun to drive, looks cool and is comfortable. Negatives are small cup holders , but way better than the past. Controls are switches like a plane but I like that. If you're attracted to a Mini. Just go get one and let the fun begin! Join a club, too!



Full 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman Review

What's New for 2010

The 2010 Mini Cooper Clubman now gets cruise control and a multifunction steering wheel as standard equipment, while the optional upgraded sound system receives Harman Kardon branding.

Introduction

The Mini Cooper, in all of its zippy, kitschy and nostalgic joy, is not without its faults. The most significant is its inability to conquer that final frontier -- space. That's where the 2010 Mini Cooper Clubman comes in. Compared to its more diminutive sibling, the Clubman is about 10 inches longer, and that translates to about 2.5 inches of much-needed rear seat legroom and significantly more cargo capacity (by about 50 percent). The drawback, though, is a slightly ungainly profile that resembles a Ford Flex that has been left in the clothes dryer too long.

Fortunately, looks aren't everything, and from the doors forward, the Clubman is nearly identical to the regular Mini. The Mini's fun-to-drive nature is also as prevalent in the Clubman and Clubman S, thanks to their peppy (yet efficient) engines and taut suspensions. Considering the big Mini's added convenience of space, dual barnlike rear doors and relatively attainable pricing, it can easily be thought of as the practical Mini.

In the two years since its introduction, the Mini Cooper Clubman has seen a few upgrades. Last year saw the debut of the hot-rodded John Cooper Works model on top of the already sporty Cooper S Clubman. This year, only minor changes take place, with the addition of cruise control and a multifunction steering wheel as standard equipment, as well as Harman Kardon branding on the upgraded sound system (which is a must-buy since the base stereo is terrible).

Those minor tweaks for 2010 do not, however, address some of the Clubman's shortcomings, namely, confusing interior controls, cramped rear seating for adults, a slightly harsh ride and a tendency for the reasonable price to shoot upward when options are piled on. Still, the Clubman transcends its ills with oodles of personality and driver engagement. We count the Ford Fiesta, Mazda 3, VW Golf/GTI and Volvo C30 as comparable alternatives, but when it comes to personality, the 2010 Mini Cooper Clubman stands alone.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Mini Cooper Clubman is a four-seat, two-door hatchback with a passenger-side reverse-opening rear door. In place of the regular Cooper's liftgate is a pair of outward-swinging doors. There are three trim levels available: base Cooper, sportier Cooper S and highest-performing John Cooper Works.

The base Cooper comes standard with 15-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, leatherette upholstery, multicolor mood lighting, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, a trip computer and a six-speaker stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Cooper S adds a more powerful engine, 16-inch wheels, run-flat tires, foglights, firmer suspension tuning and sport seats. Step up to the John Cooper Works edition and you'll get even more power, dual exhausts, 17-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, cloth upholstery and piano-black interior trim.

Mini is one of the few non-exotic brands that offers extensive customization options. Depending on the trim level, these choices include different wheel designs, body styling tweaks, a sport-tuned suspension, a limited-slip differential, a dual-pane sunroof, xenon headlights and rear parking assist. Interior options include automatic climate control, leather upholstery, multiple color schemes and trim options, heated front seats, Bluetooth, keyless ignition, a navigation system, HD Radio, satellite radio, iPod connectivity and an upgraded Harman Kardon 10-speaker sound system. And as has been the case since the Mini's debut, a multitude of dealer-installed features are additionally available.

Powertrains and Performance

The base Cooper Clubman is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-4 that produces 118 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. The Cooper S raises the bar considerably, packing a turbocharged version of the base Cooper's four-cylinder that generates a robust 172 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque (192 lb-ft at full throttle, thanks to an "overboost" function). In performance testing, the Clubman S went from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds with the manual and automatic. The John Cooper Works packs 208 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque (207 lb-ft with overboost).

The regular Cooper and the Cooper S come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic with manual shift control is optional. The JCW can only be had with the six-speed manual. With the manual transmission, the base Clubman achieves an EPA estimated 28 mpg city/36 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined. The S is rated at 26/34/29 mpg, while the John Cooper Works version lists at 25/33/28. Opting for the automatic hurts the base and S versions' mileage by 3 combined mpg.

Safety

The 2010 Mini Cooper Clubman comes standard with antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and stability control. In brake testing, the Clubman S came to a stop from 60 mph in a short 112 feet.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Mini Clubman's biggest advantage over the standard Cooper is rear-seat legroom -- as in, it actually has some. If you've ever taken a ride in the backseat of a regular Mini, you know what we mean. The Clubman's passenger-side access door also makes climbing in and out of the backseat a much easier proposition. It's still pretty cozy back there, however, particularly for larger-than-average adults. Swing open the twin rear doors and you'll find a cargo area more than 50 percent larger than the regular Cooper's, although with only 9.2 cubic feet of capacity behind the rear seatback, it's not exactly cavernous. Flip the rear seats down, however, and the cargo bay expands to a useful 32.8 cubes.

Just like the regular Cooper, the Clubman features a snazzy, retro-inspired control setup that unfortunately works poorly in practice. The audio controls are bunched confusingly below the huge center speedometer, and both manual and automatic climate controls are poorly designed.

Driving Impressions

Despite being longer than the regular Mini, the 2010 Clubman still provides a comparable level of driving entertainment. Driver inputs are met with immediate results and plenty of feedback through the seats, steering wheel and pedals. The electric power steering keeps slow-speed maneuvering effortless, while hitting the Sport button -- standard on all Clubmans -- weights up the steering to match the last-generation Cooper's stiff, go-kart feel. For some, though, the stiff suspension may be a bit jarring, particularly on the John Cooper Works model and the Cooper S with the optional sport-tuned suspension.

In addition to the Clubman's athletic handling, engine power is surprisingly zippy, even for the base 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The close gear ratios will have manual-transmission drivers changing gears quite often, but power is ample for the majority of owners. The Cooper S and John Cooper Works models will likely bring a smile to more enthusiastic drivers, with the turbo providing a generous helping of oomph with barely a hint of lag. But beware that all of this power turning the front wheels generates quite a bit of torque steer when your foot is really in it. Regardless of which Clubman you choose, prepare to have fun.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 28
  • cty
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  • 36
  • highway
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