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We have a limited number of reviews for the 2023 Clubman, so we've included reviews for other years of the Clubman since its last redesign.
5 out of 5 stars

Happier with my MINI than I was with my BMW 328i

John B in LIT, 12/24/2016
2017 MINI Clubman Cooper S ALL4 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
23 of 23 people found this review helpful

The Clubman is about the same exterior and interior dimensions as the 3 series BMW. The S has a bit less BHP than the BMW 328, but this is almost unnoticeable and has plenty of power to spare, so don't be dissuaded by the side-by-side figures. The ALL4 provides superior traction in most conditions, which provides an additional level of confidence and safety on slick roads. Although both the BMW and the MINI have run flat tires as standard equipment, MINI offers a donut spare as an option and BMW does not. I would say that the handling of the Clubman is on an (excellent) par with the 3 series, and I actually prefer the MINI. The Clubman also has a panoramic sunroof as an option. The NAV/Entertainment architecture on the MINI is very similar to the BMW i-Drive, so transitioning from a BMW to a MINI is almost seamless. Interior comfort, in my 6' 1" opinion, is actually superior in form, fit, and finish to the 3 series Bimmer, and the wagon design with folding rear seats of the Clubman is more practical than a sedan when you have stuff to load (BMW 3 series can be ordered as a wagon, but these are rare on BMW lots in the USA). MINI promotes and lends itself to some very nice individualizations (Stripes, wheels, etc.), so you can easily and economically modify the look of your MINI to make it uniquely "your own," whereas with BMW, you more or less get what you buy/lease. Gas mileage could be better, but these cars inspire sporty driving, so my mileage may be as a result of my own lead foot and not the car. Warranties and maintenance plans are comparable between the MINI brand and the BMW (MINI is owned by BMW), and the MINI service department (at least where I live) is friendly, clean, well stocked, knowledgeable, and first rate with loaner cars available for customers. All this said, I think one of the things I like most about driving a MINI is that they aren't as ubiquitous and as cliche' as the BMW brand, and it's just a hoot to drive at about $8K+ less MSRP than a comparably equipped BMW. If you enjoy driving for the pleasure of driving and don't test drive a MINI Clubman S when considering premium compact cars, then you are shortchanging yourself.

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5 out of 5 stars

Perfect all around every season car.

Stewy33, 02/16/2019
updated 02/22/2021
2017 MINI Clubman Cooper S ALL4 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
14 of 14 people found this review helpful

56,000 miles later in the harsh winters of Wisconsin, The Mini Clubman S All4 is the perfect all around every season car. I average 33.5 MPG year round on 93 octane, with that confirmed on the pump. The green mode is great for cursing down the highway. The car has plenty of rear storage if you fold the back seats down. I was able to bring home a 55 inch TV with both barn doors shut no problem for reference. The 2.0L engine is okay... The Mini's engine is a down tuned BMW motor. (cough, cough) DINANtronics = +58HP/88TQ for the 2.0L S model installed for under $1,000. (20%+ HP gain) and trust me it is worth every penny!!! The 8 speed automatic transmission shifts so smoothly you barely know when it is shifting when you don't have your foot into it. Winter wise the All4 system (AWD) is outstanding. I tossed on a pair of Michelin iceX tires and drove to work in 2 blizzards this year. 5 inches of snow down...no problem. 6-10 inches in your way....the front splitter turns into a plow and starts stuffing the radiator opening, but she will keep going. (watch your temperature gauge!!!) My favorite feature of the car is the tire pressure monitors. My least favorite thing about the car is the front doors. They seem small and you can hit your head getting in. It is funny watching a passenger bonk their head getting in! (LOLOLOLOLOL) I loved this car so much, I had the mini factory build me a 2021 JCW Mini Clubman with 300hp+!!! I had to trade my 2017 in for it, but my dealership had to pry the keys out of my hands! Long story short, The 2017 mini clubman S all 4 was the best all around car I ever had... till I got the JCW. Now I can keep up with some proper sports cars and still have all the advantages the 2017 had.

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5 out of 5 stars

In the MINI Cooper Club man.

R K Carr, 03/27/2019
2019 MINI Clubman Cooper S ALL4 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Love this car. I’ve had many cars & SUVs in the past 34 years this is the most gratifying & most fun yet. Love everything about the car. Getting the black roof & tintingbthe windows gave the car a whole new dimension. Only two drawbacks with my Clubman; 1. Unexpectedly the transmission disengage in the automated carwash and it will not go back into gear. 2. The turn signals on the rear doors are not brake lights. This has caused numerous drivers behind me consternation. Even had three pull up next to me to inquire about my malfunctioning brake lights and state that they almost ran into the back of me.

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5 out of 5 stars

Best small car I have ever owned!

Rick, 10/29/2020
2018 MINI Clubman Cooper S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful

The 2018 Mini Cooper Clubman S is the best small car that I have every owned. I was more then happy to trade in my 2017 Subaru Impreza Premium for my fully loaded Clubman S automatic in Dynamic Red Metallic. From the first minute, the differences between these two could not be more stark. I love the acceleraton of having the turbo 2.0 litre engine, combined with the 8 speed automatic. I decieded to get a fully loaded car as I was tired to having such minimal amenties in my old Subaru. I'm so glad that I did as I just enjoy the car so much and it's a real pleasure to drive too. Years ago, I test drove a first generation Mini Cooper S and I thought the ride was too harsh much more towards sport. My current car is much more friendly for a long drive. I'm glad that I got the larger Mini as the extra space has come in handy for daily living, commuting, and shopping then smaller 3 door model. I have found that the car is as refined as the 3 series BMW too. I am happy to recommend the Mini Cooper Clubman S as a great all around vehicle and it's reliable too.

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2 out of 5 stars

Get the S

Chris B., 01/22/2018
2018 MINI Clubman Cooper 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 3cyl Turbo 6M)
18 of 22 people found this review helpful

Owned new clubman for 6 months after deciding between Mini Cooper S 4 door, Honda Civic, Audi A3, & Honda Accord. We went with the Clubman for the handling, storage capacity in the back, ergonomic rear doors, and the allure of being part of owning a Mini. Within the first 30 days started feeling buyers remorse due to incredible sluggish acceleration and even in "sport" mode the car lacks power (lack of horsepower almost felt dangerous in traffic and especially entering highways), which made us wishing we would've paid more for the S model. We went back to the dealership to trade it in and they wanted 35% less than what we paid (we knew there would be depreciation), but the dealership elaborated that Mini halted production of the Clubman for several months because they were unsure if they should keep producing the car because customers were veering more towards Mini Coopers or Countryman models. They also said that the value depreciated because of poor demand & potentially high cost of parts. We walked hoping that we would grow closer to the car. The car has an excellent cabin-feel, handles incredibly well, and the sunroof(s) are an amazing feature that make the cabin feel much bigger. During a snowstorm the car slid off the road and the suspension got ripped apart... I firmly believe most cars would've survived the wreck, but the tiny parts got mangled from the impact. We purchased a Mini Cooper S for the handling and speed. The regular Clubman is just too boring and doesn't seem like a car that Mini wants to continue making.

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