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2020 MINI Cooper Clubman

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2020 MINI Cooper Clubman Review

The 2020 Mini Cooper Clubman has a spacious and upscale interior, zippy performance, and lively handling. However, it has poor fuel economy and a high price. This subcompact car does not have an overall ranking because it hasn’t been fully crash tested.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Zippy acceleration
  • Spacious, upscale interior
  • High price
  • Below-average fuel economy

New for 2020

  • Refreshed exterior styling
  • Forward collision warning now standard
  • Horsepower increase for John Cooper Works model
  • Three-cylinder engine discontinued

Research & Ratings

The 2020 MINI Cooper Clubman is unranked in Subcompact Cars due to missing safety data. Currently, the MINI Cooper Clubman's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data.

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Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 6.4
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other subcompact cars.
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 Is the Mini Clubman a Good Car?

Yes, the 2020 Mini Cooper Clubman is a good subcompact car, especially if you want something that’s fun to drive. The Clubman feels light and agile around turns, and its turbocharged engines have plenty of power to zip the Mini up to speed. The interior has a quality look and feel, and it provides generous seating space and cargo room. The Clubman is also outfitted with many safety features, like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

Should I Buy the Mini Clubman?

The 2020 Mini Clubman is definitely worth considering, but perhaps not as a first choice. The Clubman starts at $30,900, making it far more expensive than other sporty hatchbacks, like the Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf. If you want your small car to have a similarly small price, either of these would be better options.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mini Clubman?

Mini launched the second-generation Clubman for 2016, and there have been a few important updates since. For 2017, Mini introduced an optional all-wheel-drive system (All4) and the high-performance John Cooper Works model. Apple CarPlay became available for 2018.

The most significant changes arrive with the 2020 model. The 2020 Clubman gets refreshed exterior styling, a punchier engine for the John Cooper Works model, and a standard forward collision warning system (it was previously optional). On the other hand, Mini discontinues the Clubman’s three-cylinder base model for 2020, and the starting price is higher by a few thousand dollars. Because of this subtraction, you may want to consider a 2019-or-older model first. It can save you a lot of money compared to a new Clubman.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Clubman, 2018 Clubman, and 2019 Clubman reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 21 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 21 Mini Cooper Clubman reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible. This 2020 Clubman review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2016.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Does the Mini Clubman Cost?

The 2020 Mini Clubman has a base price of $30,900. That’s considerably higher than any other subcompact car. In fact, it’s twice the starting price of rivals like the Toyota Yaris and Hyundai Accent. The Clubman’s top trim levels pass the $40,000 mark.

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Mini Clubman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mini Clubman or Mini Countryman?

The Mini Countryman has a lot in common with its Clubman sibling. Both models have posh interiors, similar cargo space, energetic handling, and a number of engine options. That said, we think most shoppers will be happier with the Countryman SUV. Not only does it cost a few thousand dollars less than the Clubman in its standard layout, but it has a roomier back seat. It’s also available as an efficient plug-in hybrid.

Which Is Better: Mini Clubman or Mini Cooper Hardtop?

The Clubman looks like a longer version of the Mini Cooper Hardtop, and in many ways it is. Both have similar styling inside and out, the same tech and safety features, and comparable fuel economy. It’s the details that separate these two. The Clubman has more seating space and cargo room, and it’s available with all-wheel drive, a feature the Cooper Hardtop doesn’t offer. The Clubman is also pricier. Go with the Hardtop if you have a tighter budget.

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Clubman Interior

How Many People Does the Clubman Seat?

The 2020 Mini Clubman has five seats. The front seats are supportive, and they offer ample head- and legroom for taller occupants. Even the rear seats can fit a pair of adults comfortably, and toting three kids is no problem. The seat cushions, however, are a bit firm for long-haul comfort.

Outward visibility is good to the front and sides of the Clubman, but the slim tailgate window limits rear visibility. Synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard. Leather upholstery is available.

Clubman and Child Car Seats

The Mini Clubman has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

Clubman Interior Quality

The Mini Clubman’s interior is as distinctive and playful as its exterior. The styling is a nice blend of retro and modern elements, from the toggle switches to the oversized round gauges. Most of the cabin materials have a quality feel and appearance. There isn’t much wind noise at higher speeds, though tire noise is pervasive.

Clubman Cargo Space

The Mini Clubman has one of the largest cargo areas in the subcompact car class. It offers 17.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats upright and 47.9 cubic feet with these seats folded. It’s easy to load and unload too. The Clubman has two rear doors that swing out to the sides, rather than a conventional hatchback that lifts up.

Clubman Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Mini Clubman comes standard with a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, and air conditioning. Available features include an 8.8-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, a wireless device charger, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The standard 6.5-inch screen has a simple menu structure, and it’s controlled using a knob and buttons on the center console. Some critics complain that these controls are placed too low and too far back from the driver, putting your arm in an awkward position. Most, however, think the setup works fine. The 8.8-inch screen largely fixes these issues, thanks to its touch recognition.

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Clubman Performance

Clubman Engine: Fast and Faster

The 2020 Mini Clubman has two engine options. The Cooper S model has a 189-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive (All4) are available. The sportier John Cooper Works model has a 301-horsepower version of this engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. A manual transmission is expected to return to the lineup in mid-2020.

Most shoppers will be happy with the Clubman Cooper S. It feels energetic and punchy in day-to-day city driving, and it provides ample power for passing other vehicles and climbing up to highway speeds. Going from zero to 60 mph takes about seven seconds. The Clubman John Cooper Works is almost overkill by comparison. It hurdles up to speed, capable of hitting 60 mph in under five seconds. The exhaust note has a lovely snarl as well.

Both transmissions deliver quick, smooth gear changes. The all-wheel-drive system does a fine job of transmitting the car’s power to the ground. However, the powerful John Cooper Works model tiptoes its limits. Accelerate hard, and the steering wheel tugs to the right, a sensation known as torque steer.

Clubman Gas Mileage: Not Great

The Mini Clubman may be a subcompact car, but it drinks fuel like a larger vehicle. The Cooper S model gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway (23/32 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive). The John Cooper Works model gets 23/31 mpg city/highway. Alternatives like the Kia Rio and Honda Fit aren’t as exciting to drive as this Mini, but they fare much better at the pump.

Clubman Ride and Handling: Let’s Dance!

The Mini Clubman is a hoot to drive. Its steering is quick and nicely weighted, the brakes slow down the car confidently, and the taut suspension keeps the Clubman stable and composed in tight turns. The Mini’s ride quality is a bit jittery over rough pavement, especially for the John Cooper Works model, but it’s still cushioned enough for everyday driving.

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Clubman Reliability

Is the Mini Clubman Reliable?

The 2020 Clubman has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Mini Clubman Warranty

Mini covers the Clubman with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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Clubman Safety

Clubman Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Clubman.

Clubman Safety Features

The 2020 Mini Clubman comes standard with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Some of these features are part of Mini’s Active Driving Assistant suite. Available safety features include front parking sensors, parallel park assist, a head-up display, and adaptive cruise control.

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Clubman Dimensions and Weight

The Clubman is 14 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,105 to 3,486 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Mini Clubman Built?

Mini builds the 2020 Clubman in England.

Which Mini Clubman Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Clubman comes in a variety of styles, so picking the right one can be confusing. It’s basically a three-step process.

First, pick an engine and a drivetrain. There’s the front-wheel-drive Cooper S, the all-wheel-drive Cooper S All4, and the high-performance John Cooper Works All4. Next, choose a trim: Classic, Signature, or Iconic. These differ in price by a couple thousand dollars, and each adds a few more features than the last. Finally, pick from the options list, which includes tech features and styling upgrades. Just watch the price tag. Things can get expensive quickly.

Mini Clubman Cooper S

The base model Clubman Cooper S Classic starts at $30,900. It has a 189-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, six speakers, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, and 17-inch alloy wheels. A rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking also come standard.

The Signature trim ($33,900) adds an adaptive suspension, a panoramic sunroof, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a power tailgate. The Iconic trim ($38,900) adds an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, navigation, a wireless device charger, leather upholstery, and 18-inch wheels.

Depending on the trim, a Driver Assistance package is optional for $850 to $1,250, and it comes with front parking sensors, parallel park assist, a head-up display, and adaptive cruise control.

Mini Clubman Cooper S All4

The Clubman Cooper S All4 Classic ($32,900) adds an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Otherwise, it has the same features as the base model. The Signature and Iconic trims are priced at $35,900 and $40,900, respectively.

Mini Clubman John Cooper Works All4

The Clubman John Cooper Works All4 Classic starts at $39,900. It comes with an upgraded engine with 301 horsepower, 18-inch wheels, and a stiffer sport-tuned suspension, but it otherwise shares its features with the Cooper S All4 Classic. Its Signature and Iconic trims are priced at $42,400 and $46,400, respectively.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Mini Cooper Clubman is a fine subcompact car. The Clubman is zippy, agile, and fun to drive. It’s cleanly styled inside and out, and it provides sufficient passenger and cargo space for small families. The biggest reason not to buy one? It’s an expensive pick in a sea of affordable alternatives.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "'Wacky' may be overstating it, but the 2020 Mini Clubman sure is different than your average small car. To date, Mini has built its brand around the idea that 'normal isn't fun.' All you need is deeper pockets than the typical small-car buyer, a little imagination and the attitude that driving should be fun. Even if you don't opt for a single custom item or aftermarket part, your Mini will stand out. Get a little creative and Mini offers a treasure trove of customizing possibilities. The Clubman offers one big advantage over the even smaller Cooper: some extra passenger space. It's for owners who want to share their Mini experience with others. Yep, they are pricey, but they are unique. And, don't forget that fun-to-drive part." -- Autotrader
  • "The Cooper S Clubman isn't as accessibly priced as the hatchbacks and wagons with which it competes; it's one of the costliest entries in its segment. However, if you're willing to pay up, you'll be treated to a car that boasts entertaining driving dynamics and singular style." -- Car and Driver
  • "Boil it down to pure practicalities, and some key rivals deliver a better combination of ride and handling prowess, powertrain refinement and performance, interior accommodations, and value. But ultimately, few other cars have the cool-factor, or can make daily life as fun, as this XL-sized Mini Clubman." -- Consumer Reports (2017) 
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