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2021 MINI Cooper Clubman

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2021 MINI Cooper Clubman Review

The 2021 Mini Clubman is one of the best performers among subcompact cars. It offers lithe handling and strong engines, and it has plenty of room for your stuff. The Clubman does not have an overall score or ranking because it hasn’t been fully crash tested.

Pros & Cons

  • Huge cargo hold
  • Stylish, roomy interior
  • Agile handling
  • Animated engines
  • Infotainment control knob can be distracting
  • Poor gas mileage

Research & Ratings

The 2021 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 23 pieces of research and data.

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Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 6.7
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?

The Mini Cooper Clubman is a very good subcompact car. It has just about everything you could want in a Mini, from a classy interior to sporty handling to powerful engines. For a small car, it also has lots of cargo room. However, its infotainment system can be tricky to use, and its fuel economy estimates are subpar.

Why You Can Trust Us: 23 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data like horsepower ratings, fuel economy estimates, and cargo space dimensions with 23 professional Mini Cooper Clubman reviews.

This Clubman review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2016.

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Should I Buy the Mini Clubman?

If you want a car with spry handling and a stylish, roomy cabin, then yes, the Clubman is worth buying. Just keep in mind that it’s pricey. The Volkswagen Golf is another sporty hatchback that’s likely to be more affordable than the Clubman. If price is less of a concern, consider a luxury vehicle like the BMW 2 Series, which has many of the Mini’s features but an even more premium look and feel.

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2020 vs. 2021 Mini Clubman: What's the Difference?

For 2021, Mini reintroduced the manual transmission to several models, including the Clubman, after it was discontinued for 2020. Also, the midtrim Signature gains a few standard features, such as a touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and navigation.

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Mini last redesigned the Clubman for 2016. Here are some of its key changes over the last few years:

  • 2017: all-wheel drive (All4) and John Cooper Works model became available
  • 2018: rearview camera added to standard features list; Apple CarPlay made available
  • 2019: gained available forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking; trims reshuffled
  • 2020: three-cylinder engine and manual transmission discontinued; refreshed exterior styling; forward collision alert made standard; JCW trim received more horsepower and torque
  • 2021: manual transmission returns

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Clubman, 2019 Clubman, and 2020 Clubman reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Mini Clubman Cost?

The base Mini Cooper S Clubman has a starting MSRP of $29,900, which is high for a subcompact car. The all-wheel-drive S All4 starts at $32,900, and the John Cooper Works Classic starts at $39,500.

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Mini Clubman Versus the Competition

Mini Clubman vs. Mini Cooper

The Mini Cooper is a subcompact car that comes in a few body styles: the two- or four-door Mini Hardtop and the Mini Convertible. Both vehicles have a lot in common, including lively handling, ritzy cabins, and cutting-edge tech features such as a digital instrument display.

They also have a few differences. The Mini Hardtop has a more affordable purchase price, along with better fuel economy estimates, owing to its smaller size and base engine. It can also be had with an all-electric powertrain in the Mini Electric Hardtop. On the other hand, the Clubman has a larger cargo hold and more passenger space. Choosing between them is a matter of preference.

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Mini Clubman vs. Mini Countryman

The Mini Countryman is a subcompact SUV, and it’s a better bet than the Clubman in most respects. The Countryman has a standard 8.8-inch touch screen, which is only found in higher-trim Clubmans. Cargo space is comparable between the two vehicles, but the Countryman has a larger back seat. Additionally, it can be had as a plug-in hybrid.

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Clubman Interior: Cool and Comfortable

Clubman Cargo Space

This vehicle has 17.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 47.9 cubic feet behind the front seats. Those are huge figures for the class. Additionally, unlike most hatchbacks, the Clubman has two rear cargo doors that swing out to the sides rather than opening upward, making the cargo area easy to access.

How Many People Does the Clubman Seat?

The Mini Clubman seats five people. It’s roomy for a subcompact car, providing much more passenger space than its sibling, the Mini Cooper. Average-sized adults will find sufficient head- and legroom in the back row. Furthermore, the seats are well-bolstered to keep you in place in tight turns. Rearward visibility isn’t great though.

Synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard. Genuine leather upholstery is available.

Clubman and Child Car Seats

This vehicle has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

Clubman Interior Quality

The Clubman's cabin embodies Mini’s penchant for style, with circular design motifs, quality soft-touch materials, and numerous color customizations.

Clubman Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

This Mini’s infotainment system is modeled after BMW’s iDrive. Mastering it can take time, as the central control knob and adjacent shortcut buttons are oddly placed and can be distracting to use while driving. However, the available touch screens are pretty straightforward.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.5-inch display, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: a 6.5- or an 8.8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, wireless device charging, Apple CarPlay, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a panoramic roof

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Clubman Performance: Strong and Nimble

Clubman Engine

The Mini Clubman Cooper S and Cooper S All4 both have a 189-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The performance-oriented John Cooper Works model has the same turbo-four, but it squeezes out 301 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available in front-wheel drive models, and those with all-wheel drive have an available eight-speed automatic.

The powertrain in the Cooper S is more than sufficient for daily driving, including passing on the highway. For something even more robust, look to the JCW and its stronger acceleration and throaty exhaust note.

Clubman Gas Mileage

The Mini Clubman Cooper S gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. That’s disappointing for a small car. Adding AWD lowers those figures to 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. With the manual transmission, the Cooper S returns 22/32 mpg. John Cooper Works models trail at 23/31 mpg.

Clubman Ride and Handling

The Mini Clubman lives up to the brand’s reputation for making nimble vehicles. A taut suspension, strong brakes, and accurate steering all help it feel fun to drive. Some rivals have gentler rides, but this car isn’t uncomfortably harsh. Front-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is available.

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Clubman Reliability

Is the Mini Clubman Reliable?

The 2021 Mini Clubman has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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 2021 Clubman.

Clubman Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking

Available advanced safety features:

  • Front parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Parallel and perpendicular park assist
  • Head-up display

Read more about safety »

Clubman Dimensions and Weight

The Mini Cooper Clubman is 14 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,333 to 3,609 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Mini Clubman Built?

Mini builds the 2021 Clubman in England.

Which Mini Clubman Model Is Right for Me?

Like the Mini Countryman SUV and Mini Hardtop and Convertible, the Mini Clubman is highly customizable. First, you’ll want to choose an engine and drivetrain. The Mini Clubman Cooper S has front-wheel drive and a turbo-four engine. The Cooper S All4 has the same 189-horsepower engine but adds all-wheel drive, and the John Cooper Works model boosts output to 301 horsepower and also has AWD. Each comes in three trim levels: Classic, Signature, and Iconic.

You can mix and match across the lineup, getting anything from a richly equipped Mini Clubman Cooper S Iconic to a performance-oriented JCW All4 Classic. Whichever model you get, we recommend the Signature trim. It’s available with almost everything that’s offered in the top-of-the-line Iconic trim, and it adds some nifty features over the base Classic, such as a touch screen.

Mini Clubman Cooper S Classic

The Mini Clubman Cooper S Classic has a starting MSRP of $29,900. Standard features include an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display, satellite radio, HD Radio, a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Sensatec synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and alloy wheels are also standard. Additionally for 2021, the Classic has a standard six-speed manual transmission.

The Cooper S All4 Clubman starts at $32,900, and the range-topping John Cooper Works Classic starts at $39,500.

A 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo and 40/20/40-split-folding rear seats are available.

Mini Cooper Clubman Signature

Mini has not released official pricing for the Signature, as of this writing. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard, and the six-speed manual transmission is optional. Signature models add a 6.5-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, wireless device charging, the Harman Kardon stereo, dynamic damper control, an adaptive suspension, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a power liftgate, and a panoramic roof.

The Driver Assistance package adds a head-up display, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and park assist. An 8.8-inch touch screen and genuine leather upholstery are available too.

Mini Cooper Clubman Iconic

At the time of writing, no official pricing has been released for the Iconic. It comes standard with everything listed above, minus the Driver Assistance package, which remains optional. The Iconic also has adaptive headlights and larger alloy wheels.

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The Final Call

The Mini Cooper Clubman is a well-rounded subcompact car. It strikes a good balance between agility and practicality. It’s fun to drive, it offers a roomy interior and cargo hold, and it’s easy to access the cargo area thanks to the side-hinged rear doors. Premium cabin materials and strong engines further add to its appeal. However, the Clubman is expensive, and some of its rivals have gentler rides or better mpg ratings.

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

  • "Being more premium than mainstream, Mini cars can be pricey once the options list is exhausted, but they tend to enjoy robust resale values. The Clubman can be equally sensible and sensational." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "'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 (2020)
  • "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 (2020)
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