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2010 Mini Cooper Clubman Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Mini Cooper Clubman was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 6.6

The Mini Clubman's interior is a love/hate proposition. While it has a lot of character that reviewers like, that character doesn't add much in the way of practicality.  However, the Clubman is slightly larger than the Mini Cooper, which makes for some extra passenger and cargo space, though the Clubman's available space isn't vast by any means.

  • "As with its smaller partner, the Clubman blends inspiration and annoyance." -- New York Times
  • "The interior continues the funky presentation: charming or alarming, depending on your taste." -- USA TODAY

Seating

Reviewers say the Clubman has supportive and comfortable front seats. In the second row, the extra "Club Door" makes entry/exit easier and there is more interior space than that found in the Mini Cooper. However, reviewers still say the second row is cramped and best saved for short trips.

  • "It's nowhere near as roomy as most cars in its class, but it's appreciably roomier than the regular Cooper." -- Cars.com
  • "Seats are to BMW high standards, among the best made for comfort and support." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Front seat comfort is just OK. Seat adjustments were awkwardly placed and hard to use." -- USA TODAY
  • "The rear seat is roomier but still slightly claustrophobic." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Mini Clubman's biggest advantage over the standard Cooper is rear-seat legroom -- as in, it actually has some. If you've ever ridden in the backseat of a regular Mini, you know what we mean. The Clubman's passenger-side access door also makes climbing in and out of the backseat a much easier proposition." -- Edmunds
  • "While leg and knee room is better, an adult still wouldn't want to venture cross country in back. And if the headrests are left down they are pure torture." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Rear seats are still quite tight, but since the Clubman has a half-door on the passenger side, it's much easier to climb into the seat, or just put cargo there. As with other such three-door vehicles ... that third door can't be opened from the outside, and the front passenger door must be open before the third door can be opened." -- Orlando Sentinel

Interior Features

Like all Minis, the Clubman has an interior layout all its own. While it looks interesting, some reviewers say the layout is counterintuitive.  Mini offers lots of ways for buys to customize their Clubman, but be wary, as options can quickly add up to an intimidating price tag. 

Standard features include power windows and locks and pushbutton start.  Options included headed seats, iPod and Bluetooth integration, automatic climate control and navigation.

  • "Just like the regular Cooper, the Clubman features a snazzy, retro-inspired control setup that unfortunately works poorly in practice. The audio controls are bunched confusingly below the huge center speedometer, and both manual and automatic climate controls are poorly designed." -- Edmunds
  • "The Clubman's interior materials are well chosen. Though there are many plastics, they have a quality look and feel. The same goes for the base upholstery, which is leatherette instead of cloth." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Inside, the Clubman cockpit is pretty much Mini, with some instruments and controls designed and configured more for looks and symmetry than function." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "As with the other Minis, the Clubman's interior is highly-styled, but easy, simple function is not sacrificed to style." -- The Auto Channel
  • "It takes design risks - aircraft-style toggle switches, door pulls that seem borrowed from a funhouse ride - that Toyota wouldn't dare. But the clock-sized center speedometer is so tackily oversize that Flavor Flav might be offended. Audio controls are so enamored with their own looks that they can't be bothered to work effectively." -- New York Times

Cargo

The Clubman has two rear barn doors that swing out, rather than up, to access the cargo area.  In a class of hatches that open upward, this design generates some controversy.  Most critics think they're cute, but not as practical as a standard hatchback. The Clubman has 9.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat up and 32.8 cubic feet of cargo room with it down.  That amount of cargo space is small for the class.

  • "The cargo area is accessed through a pair of 'barn doors' - think '70s party van -- that, like some other Mini touches, seem more indulgent than intelligent." -- New York Times
  • "Swing open the twin rear doors and you'll find a cargo area more than 50 percent larger than the regular Cooper's, although with only 9.2 cubic feet of capacity behind the rear seatback, it's not exactly cavernous." -- Edmunds
  • "Around back, dual swing-open doors give access to the cargo area. Arguments will abound about whether the dual doors are handier than a swing-up hatch. I like them, except that the center post obscures rear vision." -- Kansas City Star
  • "Despite the cute looks and length increase, the cargo area is still too small for serious grocery-getting. Warehouse store runs should only be attempted if you are bereft of passengers." -- The Truth About Cars
  • "There's decent space behind the rear seats for some luggage or groceries, or you can fold the rear seats flat for even more room. Those rear doors each swing out wide, past the taillights, making for easy access. Mini engineers agonized over this rear hatch configuration, considering a more conventional flip-up window and drop-down tailgate, but this seems like a pretty good solution." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "The Clubman's trunk boasts more room than the standard Cooper, but at 9.2 cubic feet it's still pitifully small compared to the Nissan Versa hatchback (17.8) or the Honda Fit (21.3). But the problem isn't just the lack of space -- it's those silly double doors, which are always in the way if you're loading from the curbside. Try as I might, I can't see a single advantage over a proper top-hinged hatch lid." -- About.com

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