2013 MINI Cooper Clubman Review

Reviewers said the 2013 Mini Clubman's nimble handling makes it thrilling to drive, but disliked its stiff ride, awkwardly located window switches and hard-to-read gauges.

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Lively acceleration with Cooper S and JCW models
  • Stiff ride
  • Hard-to-read gauges
  • Awkward placement of window switches

New for 2013

  • Bluetooth became standard
  • Automatic transmission became available on JCW model




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 MINI Cooper Clubman Overview

Most test drivers said the 2013 Mini Cooper Clubman’s base, 121-horsepower four-cylinder engine offers sufficient power. However, many preferred the brisk acceleration of the Cooper S and John Cooper Works (JCW) models, which have turbocharged four-cylinder engines that produce 181 and 208 horsepower, respectively. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, which reviewers said has a light clutch and shifter. A six-speed automatic is available, but a handful of critics commented that the base Clubman feels sluggish with this transmission. The base 2013 Mini Clubman gets an EPA-estimated 27/35 mpg city/highway, which is on par for the class. Test drivers said the 2013 Mini Clubman is incredibly fun to drive, with sharp steering and impressive body control around curves. Several added that the Clubman’s ride feels stiffer than that of most rivals, especially in higher trims.

According to most reviewers, the 2013 Mini Cooper Clubman has an attractive cabin with decent fit and finish. They said the four-seat Clubman's front seats are comfortable and the back seat offers adequate legroom adults, and added that the rear-hinged back door on the passenger side makes it fairly easy to access the back seat. The 2013 Clubman has 32.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is on par with other hatchbacks’ cargo space. The 2013 Mini Clubman comes standard with Bluetooth and an auxiliary input. Available features include a dual-pane sunroof, heated front seats, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, an iPod input, rear parking sensors, leather seats and navigation. Critics said the Clubman’s gauges are hard to read and the power window switches are in a weird location.

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Other Cars to Consider

Automotive reviewers said the 2013 Honda Fit is engaging to drive, with crisp steering and agile handling. Reviewers added that the back seat has ample legroom and the Fit has one of the most versatile cargo areas in the class.

The 2013 Ford Fiesta earned reviewer praise for its fun driving dynamics and composed ride. The Fiesta also gets better fuel economy than the Clubman.

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