Pros & Cons

  • Great handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • More spacious than standard Cooper hardtop
  • Harsh ride over rough pavement




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.1
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. Its overall score is being calculated without reliability.

2010 Mini Cooper Clubman Overview

The Mini Clubman, which is a long-wheelbase version of the regular Mini Cooper hardtop, was billed by critics as one of the most nimble hatchbacks on the market. The base model is powered by a 121-horsepower four-cylinder engine that critics found adequate and well-paired with the car’s taut suspension. Those seeking greater performance will want to upgrade to the Cooper S or John Cooper Works model, which use turbocharged engines that produce 172 and 208 horsepower, respectively. While critics enjoyed the Clubman’s great handling, some noted that its ride feels harsh, especially on rough roads. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available. The Clubman achieves fuel economy ratings as high as 28/36 mpg city/highway, which are fairly good for the class.

Inside, the four-seat Clubman drew mixed reviews from critics. Some liked the extra space over the standard Mini Cooper, while others said that it still doesn’t have enough back-seat or cargo room to be considered truly practical. There were a few complaints about overall materials quality, and some complained about the large, center-mounted speedometer. The Clubman offers 32.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seats folded, which is low among many hatchbacks in the class. Standard equipment includes leatherette seating and a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Available features when it was new include leather seats, Bluetooth, a dual-panel sunroof, navigation, satellite radio and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon stereo.

The Clubman has notably good safety ratings for the class.

See the full 2010 Mini Cooper Clubman specs »

Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Volkswagen GTI was viewed favorably by many critics for its peppy engine and sporty handling. Critics also mentioned that the GTI has a comfortable ride, which is something rarely said about the go kart-like Clubman.

Reviewers said the 2010 Mazda3 has sporty handling and peppy engines. It is available as either a hatchback, which has more cargo space than the Clubman, or a sedan. The Mazda3 also has an excellent safety score.

Compare the Clubman to the GTI and Mazda3 »


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