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2008 MINI Cooper Clubman - Road Test Specs

2008 MINI Cooper Clubman Hatchback

(1.6L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)


Model year2008
ModelCooper Clubman
StyleS 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Base MSRP$24,100
Options on test vehiclePunch Leather Upholstery ($1,500); Convenience Package ($1,500 -- includes multifunction leather steering wheel, comfort access, auto-dimming rearview mirror, center armrest, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, Bluetooth and USB jack); Premium Package ($1,500 -- includes dual-pane sunroof, automatic climate control and premium sound); Sport Package ($1,500 -- includes 17-inch wheels with run-flat performance tires, sport-tuned suspension and bi-xenon headlights); Automatic Transmission ($1,250); Web-Spoke Wheels ($500); Metallic Paint ($500); Chrome Line Interior Trim ($250); Chrome Line Exterior Trim ($250); White Turn Signals ($100); Clubman Launch Package (No cost -- includes power-folding/heated mirrors, heated washer jets and heated front seats).
As-tested MSRP$32,950


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,598cc (98cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum / Aluminum
ValvetrainDouble-overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder, direct injection, variable intake & exhaust valve timing, variable intake valve lift
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)172 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)177 @ 1,600-5,000 (overboost: 192 lb-ft @ 1,700-4,500)
Transmission type6-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.044, II = 2.371, III = 1.556, IV = 1.159, V = 0.852, VI = 0.672, R = 3.193, Final Drive = 3.685


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson strut
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.0:1
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport 01 DSST
Tire typePerformance run-flat
Tire size, front205/45R17
Tire size, rear205/45R17
Wheel size17 by 7.5 front - 17 by 7.5 rear
Wheel materialAluminum Alloy
Brakes, frontVentilated 10.9-inch disc
Brakes, rearSolid 10.2-inch disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.6
0-60 mph (sec.)7.2
0-75 mph (sec.)10.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.4 @ 90.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)112
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.85
Sound level @ idle (dB)NA
@ Full throttle (dB)NA
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)NA

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Mini's automatic transmission is impressive in Sport mode -- upshifts are fast and crisp and arrive immediately after they're requested. Downshifts are similarly quick and come with matched revs -- not what we expected, but very impressive. This is an automatic that offers much of the performance of a manual transmission, with few of the compromises.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsWe experienced some lengthening of stopping distances over five stops with the Mini Clubman, but this could be due to brake pads that aren't fully bedded in our low-mileage tester. Pedal effort and response remained consistent. Overall performance is still good.
Handling ratingVery Good
Handling commentsWith additional length the Mini's otherwise hyper responses are damped slightly, but it's not so large to not be fun. There's still plenty of sporting character here with impressive steering feel and response and composed body control.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)66.0
Wind (mph, direction)0.0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)23 city/32 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)24.6
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,855
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,911
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60/40
Length (in.)155.8
Width (in.)66.3
Height (in.)56.4
Wheelbase (in.)100.3
Track, front (in.)57.2
Track, rear (in.)57.5
Turning circle (ft.)36.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.4
Legroom, rear (in.)32.3
Headroom, front (in.)39.0
Headroom, rear (in.)37.7
Shoulder room, front (in.)50.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)45.9
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)9.2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)32.8


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3 years/36,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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