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Rankings & Research

The 2019 MINI Cooper Clubman ranked #7 in Subcompact Cars. Currently the MINI Cooper Clubman has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 16 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.7
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2019 MINI Cooper Clubman Review

The 2019 Mini Clubman finishes in the middle of our subcompact car rankings. It's fun to drive and features a nice interior, but it lacks the all-around excellence of some competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Adept handling
  • Upscale interior
  • Spacious cargo hold
  • Outstanding predicted reliability rating
  • Poor gas mileage
  • High price

Is the Mini Clubman a Good Car?

The Mini Cooper Clubman is a good car. Its three available turbocharged engines deliver ample power, and it handles better than most rivals. The stylish interior provides a good amount of passenger and cargo space. It also boasts one of the highest predicted reliability ratings among subcompact cars. However, the Clubman gets some of the worst fuel economy ratings in the class.

Should I Buy the Mini Clubman?

The Clubman isn’t a bad car to buy, but it’s far more expensive than most other subcompact cars, many of which do better in our rankings. There's plenty to like about this Mini, but you can find the same attributes (and more) in competitors. Be sure to check out options like the BMW 3 Series and Mini Countryman.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mini Clubman?

The 2019 Clubman is part of a generation that began with the 2016 model year. New available features for 2019 include Apple CarPlay, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front parking sensors. Beyond that, there are few changes. The story was much the same for 2018, which only added a standard rearview camera.

You can likely save yourself money by purchasing a used Clubman. If you are interested in a used model, check out our reviews of the 2017 Mini Clubman and 2018 Mini Clubman. Also scope out our Used Car Deals page to learn about discounts you might find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 16 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Clubman generation, which runs from 2016 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking the best cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years’ worth of auto industry experience combined. To keep our reviews unbiased, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside company manages our advertising.

How Much Does the Mini Clubman Cost?

The Clubman's base price of $24,900 is the highest in the class, and by a substantial margin (most subcompact cars have starting prices under $18,000). Its top trim starts at nearly $36,000, making it the most expensive trim of any vehicle in the class.

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Mini Clubman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mini Clubman or BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series is a luxury small car that is priced a lot higher than the Clubman, but the extra cost might be worth it. The BMW handles extremely well, offers several powerful engines, and comes in three body styles. Go with the 3 Series if you can afford it. Otherwise, the Clubman is still a good option.

Which Is Better: Mini Clubman or Mini Countryman?

The Mini Countryman belongs to the subcompact SUV class, but it's an interesting alternative to the Clubman. It has more passenger space than its Mini sibling, though cargo space is about equal. The two also have similar features' lists, as well as interior styling. The Clubman costs a bit less, and that might be reason enough to choose it.

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Clubman Interior

How Many People Does the Clubman Seat?

This Mini Cooper seats five people. Both rows of seats are spacious to the point that multiple adults can ride in the back without issue. The seats are also comfortable and well-padded.

Clubman and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The hardware is easy to find and reach, and the spacious back seat means there's lots of room on all sides of the car seat.

Clubman Interior Quality

Mini vehicles frequently stand out with unique, and even playful, interior styling, and the Clubman upholds that reputation. It also features a lot of soft-touch materials, leading to an upscale feel.

Clubman Cargo Space

Few subcompact cars have the kind of cargo space this Mini provides. You get 17.5 cubic feet with the rear seats in use, or enough room for more than a dozen shopping bags. Fold the rear seats down, and you have nearly 48 cubes, which Mini claims is enough space to hold a washing machine.

Clubman Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Clubman comes standard with the Mini Connected infotainment system, which includes a 6.5-inch display screen, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Available features include a sunroof, Apple CarPlay, navigation, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, wireless smartphone charging, and an 8.8-inch touch screen.

The infotainment system works well, but there's a definite learning curve when it comes to figuring out where the controls are and how they work. While the Clubman now offers Apple CarPlay, it still doesn't have Android Auto.

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Clubman Performance

Clubman Engine: 3 Turbos

The Clubman gives you three engine options: a 134-horsepower, turbocharged three-cylinder, a 189-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder, and a 228-horsepower turbo-four. The base three-cylinder engine is adequate, but the turbo-fours pack more punch and make the Clubman more fun to drive.

Clubman Gas Mileage: Not Economy-Car Numbers

Almost every car in the class gets better gas mileage than the Mini Clubman's 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. You'll spend about $600 more per year driving the Clubman than you would driving a class rival like the Honda Fit.

Clubman Ride and Handling: Have Some Fun

The Clubman delivers nimble handling and won't hold you back on twisty roads, making it more enjoyable to drive than many cars in the class. Its ride feels a bit firm, but it won't jar you around over uneven pavement.

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Clubman Reliability

Is the Mini Clubman Reliable?

The 2019 Clubman earns a near-perfect predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Mini Clubman Warranty

The Mini Clubman comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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Clubman Safety

Clubman Crash Test Results

The 2019 Clubman has not undergone crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Clubman Safety Features

The Clubman comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available driver assistance features include automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front parking sensors, parallel park assist, and a head-up display.

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Which Mini Clubman Model Is Right for Me?

The Clubman comes in three trims (Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works). Once you've chosen a trim, you have three levels to choose from: Classic, Signature, and Iconic. The Signature carries a $3,500 to $4,000 price increase compared to the Classic, and the Iconic costs $5,000 to $6,000 more than the Signature. The higher levels offer more features than the Classic.

The main thing separating the trims is the engine. The turbo-four engines you get in the Cooper S and JCW trims definitely make the Clubman more fun to drive, but you may decide that sticking with the base (and thus, less expensive) engine is the better way to go so you can spend the extra cash on additional features.

Mini Cooper Clubman

The base Clubman sports a base price of $24,900. It comes with a 134-horsepower, turbocharged three-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive. Standard features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and the Mini Connected infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display screen, a USB port, and Bluetooth. You can swap out the manual transmission for a six-speed automatic for $1,500.

Mini Cooper All4 Clubman

The Cooper All4 Clubman has a starting price of $26,900. It's the all-wheel-drive version of the base trim. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic is optional.

Mini Cooper S Clubman

The Cooper S Clubman starts at $28,900. The Cooper S comes with a 189-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front sport seats. Otherwise, it has the same standard features as the base trim. You can upgrade to an eight-speed automatic transmission for $1,750.

Mini Cooper S All4 Clubman

The Cooper S All4 has a starting price of $30,900. It's identical to the Cooper S trim, except it comes with all-wheel drive. You can upgrade to an eight-speed automatic transmission for $1,750.

Mini John Cooper Works All4 Clubman

The John Cooper Works All4 Clubman starts at $35,900. All-wheel drive comes standard in the JCW Clubman, as does a 228-horsepower turbo-four and several styling upgrades. Its features list is mostly the same as in the lower trims. You can upgrade to an eight-speed automatic transmission for $1,750.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Mini Cooper Clubman is one of the more fun-to-drive subcompact cars. Additionally, its interior is a pleasant place to spend your time, and it has a near-perfect predicted reliability rating. However, the Clubman lacks some of the all-around appeal of a few class rivals, which is why it finishes in the middle of the class rankings.

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

  • "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 (2018)
  • "Like Clubman models before it, the latest version retains its signature swing-out rear doors instead of an upward-rising liftgate. In every other way this little British car has evolved, especially in technology, creature comforts and overall refinement. Like all Minis, the 2017 Clubman is fun to drive and makes a statement wherever it goes, but its premium appeal comes with an associated price, especially as you climb trims or add options." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "More so than even the Countryman, … [the Clubman is] a small family vehicle … with a luxurious feature [list], everyday comfort, and versatility, wrapped up in a shouty style that fits the brand. But unlike its hefty, high-riding brother, the Clubman is better at putting a stupid, silly, mile-wide smile on your face. And that remains the highest compliment we can pay to a Mini, no matter how many doors it has." -- Autoblog (2016)
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