2019 MINI Clubman John Cooper Works ALL4
- Revamped trim structures
- Altered standard and optional equipment availability
- Part of the second Clubman generation introduced for 2016
- Excellent handling, even in the base model
- High-quality cabin materials
- Many customization options
- All-wheel drive, a rarity in this class, is available
- Not quite as fun to drive as the four-door Mini Hardtop
- Base engine acceleration is a bit pokey
- More expensive than similarly equipped compact hatchbacks
Which Clubman does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
The classic Mini Hardtop invokes images of rally car racing and a high-speed caper through the streets of Turin or Los Angeles, depending on which decade you were born. Think of the 2019 Mini Clubman as the Hardtop's more responsible older sibling. With more usable interior space than the other small cars in Mini's lineup, the Clubman is the ideal pick for drivers who desire fun and practicality in equal measure.
The Clubman slots between the four-door Hardtop and the Countryman small crossover in Mini's lineup. Its moderate weight and balanced handling give it the driving dynamics smaller Minis are known for, while a longer wheelbase allows for more backseat legroom and a spacious cargo hold that is nearly the same size as the Countryman's. The Clubman offers the best of both worlds, as long as you upgrade to the turbocharged four-cylinder in the Cooper S to bolster its performance.
Trim levels & features
The 2019 Mini Clubman is for people who love the driving and handling characteristics of a Mini but need more rear-seat room and cargo space than the four-door Hardtop provides. All three models — Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works — have similar feature content but are differentiated by the engines underhood. From there, buyers choose between three trim levels (Classic, Signature and Iconic) with an increasing variety of features. A healthy number of styling, performance and luxury upgrades are available on most models.
Powering the Cooper is a turbocharged three-cylinder engine (134 horsepower, 162 pound-feet of torque) paired to your choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Although it's the base trim, the Classic is still well-equipped. Feature highlights include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, foglights, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors,height-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and multicolor ambient lighting. Among the standard tech items are Bluetooth, a 6.5-inch central display, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker sound system with a USB port.
Stepping up to the Cooper S adds a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (189 hp, 207 lb-ft) mated to the six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic (steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters are optional). It also gets 17-inch wheels, dual exhaust tips, extra styling flourishes, and front sport seats with adjustable thigh support.
The most powerful Clubman is the John Cooper Works model. Motivated by a more potent version of the turbocharged four-cylinder (228 hp, 258 lb-ft), this Clubman comes only with all-wheel drive. Upgrades include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, cornering lights, a rear spoiler, a sport-tuned suspension, keyless entry, a sport steering wheel, more aggressively bolstered sport seats, and simulated suede and cloth upholstery.
Features added by the Signature trim differ slightly depending on model, but generally, it adds a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, frontal collision warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam control and touchscreen functionality. Cooper models get 16-or 17-inch wheels, Cooper S versions get adjustable driving modes, and JCW models get adaptive dampers. Selecting the Signature trim also opens the door to additional paint choices, interior dashboard appliques and upholstery choices.
The Signature's Premium package further adds power-folding mirrors, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, chrome exterior trim, LED headlights and foglights, cornering lights, satellite radio and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
The Iconic trim includes those upgrades, plus power-adjustable front seats, a 40/20/40-split rear seat, leather upholstery, a navigation system, wireless charging, an 8.8-inch touchscreen and a spare tire. Depending on powertrain choice, selecting the Iconic trim will add different features. Cooper and Cooper S models get a choice of several 17- and 18-inch wheel styles, while Cooper S and JCW models get adaptive suspension dampers.
Many of the above options can be ordered separately. A Driver Assistance package for Signature and Iconic trims adds front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display and an automated parallel parking system. Additional stand-alone options include exterior and interior styling modifications, all-season tires and roof rails.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on a full test of the Mini Clubman Cooper Hatchback (turbo 1.5L inline-3 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current Clubman has received some revisions, including a revamped trim structure in 2019. Our findings remain applicable to this year's Clubman, however.
Noise & vibration3
Ease of use4.5
Getting in/getting out4
Child safety seat accommodation4.5
Audio & navigation4
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Clubman safety features:
- Parking Assistant
- Guides the Clubman into a parallel parking spot with minimal driver involvement.
- Park Distance Control
- Alerts the driver as the Clubman approaches an object while backing up.
- Active Driving Assistant
- Keeps a set distance between the Clubman and the vehicle in front when cruise control is active.
Mini Clubman vs. the competition
2019 Mini Clubman
2019 Mini Countryman
Mini Clubman vs. Mini Countryman
Compared to the Clubman, the Countryman is taller and wider and it has a larger back seat. It's still sporty by small crossover standards, but the Countryman doesn't quite deliver the sharp handling promised by the Mini nameplate. It's also a little porky, so it doesn't feel as quick as others in the lineup. To learn more about the Countryman, read Edmunds' long-term road test of the 2018 Mini Countryman S E Hybrid.
Mini Clubman vs. Mini Hardtop 4 Door
The Mini Hardtop is the car you think of when someone says "Mini Cooper." Available in two- and four-door configurations, the Hardtop is the sportiest and least expensive car Mini offers. It's also the smallest, and even the four-door doesn't have much room in the back. If you plan on traveling with more than one passenger, the Clubman is the way to go. To learn more about the Hardtop, read Edmunds' long-term road test of the 2014 Mini Hardtop 2 Door.
Mini Clubman vs. BMW X1
Comparing a Mini against a BMW isn't that far-fetched. If you begin your Clubman search at the Cooper S level (our recommended powertrain), you'll find the X1 isn't much more expensive and has a similar set of features. If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive luxury car, the X1 is a step up from the Clubman. But if you want a vehicle with sporty driving dynamics, the Mini is our choice.
2019 MINI Clubman John Cooper Works ALL4 Overview
The 2019 MINI Clubman John Cooper Works ALL4 is offered in the following styles: , and John Cooper Works ALL4 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M).
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