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8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.1
Reliability: N/A

2009 Mini Cooper Clubman Review

The 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman has go-kart-like handling and peppy engine choices, but a cramped back seat and small cargo area limit its appeal.

Pros & Cons

  • Great handling and performance
  • More spacious than standard Cooper hardtop
  • Respectable fuel economy
  • Stiff ride on rough roads

2009 Mini Cooper Clubman Overview

The 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman is slightly longer than the standard Mini Cooper, with a rear door to make it easier to access the back seats, as well as additional cargo and back-seat space. Critics agreed that despite its added size, the Clubman is one of the most nimble hatchbacks on the market. The base model is powered by a 121-horspower four-cylinder engine, which provides adequate power for day-to-day driving, according to most reviewers. However, test drivers advised those seeking greater driving thrills to upgrade to the Cooper S and John Cooper Works models, which have turbocharged four-cylinder engines that produce 172 and 208 horsepower, respectively. With any Clubman variant, though, reviewers cautioned that the firm suspension, though great for sporty driving, feels jarring over imperfect roads. Both manual and automatic transmission choices are available. The Clubman achieves EPA fuel economy ratings as high as 28/37 mpg city/highway, which are fairly good for the class.

The Clubman’s cabin received mixed reviews from reviewers. With the rear seats folded, the Clubman can hold up to 32.8 cubic feet of cargo, which falls short of many rival hatchbacks’ cargo space. However, reviewers generally agreed that the Clubman’s front seats were plenty comfortable. The base model comes standard with leatherette seating and a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Some features that were available when the Clubman was new are leather seats, a dual-pane sunroof, navigation, Bluetooth, a premium stereo and satellite radio.

The Clubman receives an excellent safety score.

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Other Cars to Consider

Those who like the Clubman’s zippy handling but don’t need or want the extra space may be very happy with the regular 2009 Mini Cooper. It features the same engine and transmission choices, and reviewers said it is a blast to drive.

The 2009 Volkswagen GTI was a reviewer favorite when it was new for its blend of practicality, refinement and performance. Although its suspension is not as athletically-tuned as the Clubman’s, reviewers liked the GTI’s comfortable ride.

Compare the Clubman to the Cooper and GTI »

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