2014 MINI Cooper Clubman Review

The Mini Cooper Clubman has sharp handling, but its harsh ride quality, low reliability rating, and awkward control layout pull this hatchback toward the back of the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Powerful available turbocharged engines
  • Poor cargo space behind rear seats
  • Confusing dashboard controls
  • Low-quality interior plastics




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 MINI Cooper Clubman Overview

Is the 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Mini Clubman isn’t a great option if you’re shopping for a used subcompact car. The Clubman offers zippy turbo engines and athletic driving dynamics, but its firm ride hinders everyday commuting comfort. The Mini also has below-average reliability, some low-quality cabin materials, and only four seats. There are better hatchbacks that are still fun to drive, including the 2014 Volkswagen Golf and the 2014 Volkswagen GTI.

Used 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman Performance and Interior

The Mini Clubman is available with three four-cylinder engine options. The base engine has 121 horsepower. The Cooper S gets a turbocharged 181-horsepower version of this engine, and the John Cooper Works model (JCW) bumps it up to 208 horsepower. All Clubmans are equipped with front-wheel drive. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available.

The standard engine zips the Clubman around town with acceptable gusto, but it feels sluggish at higher speeds. The Cooper S and JCW models are substantially quicker; they can sprint from zero to 60 mph in under 7 seconds – a full 2 to 3 seconds faster than the base model. There’s no penalty in fuel economy either, at a decent 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The base Clubman has a 27/34 mpg city/highway rating.

The Mini dazzles on tight, twisting roads. Its steering is responsive and nicely weighted, the brakes provide confident stopping power, and its taut suspension keeps the Clubman stable when slicing around corners. The trade-off, however, is ride quality. The Clubman doesn’t soak up bumps well, especially when equipped with the available sport suspension package and larger wheels.

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The Mini Clubman seats four and offers a surprising amount of head- and legroom in both rows for a subcompact car. Average-sized adults can fit in the back seat comfortably, at least for shorter trips. Access to the rear seats is made easier thanks to an extra passenger-side door, which opens rearward. The Clubman has comfortable front seats and a great driving position, but the standard seats aren’t as supportive as the available sport and Recaro seats. They offer the hip-hugging bolsters needed to keep up with the Mini’s zesty handling. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Clubman’s hatchback features two unique barn-style doors that swing out to the side rather than up. There’s a paltry 9.2 cubic feet of cargo space in back with the rear seats upright, but a fair 32.8 cubic feet with them folded.

Mini equips all Clubmans with an AM/FM radio, a CD player, a USB input, and Bluetooth. A 6.5-inch infotainment screen and navigation system are available. The Clubman features a stylish interior with unique design touches like a huge center-mounted speedometer and retro toggle switches. That said, many of its interior plastics feel low quality. Most dashboard controls are mounted low and out of the driver’s line of sight as well, and the control knob for the infotainment system is clumsy to use.

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Used 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman Prices

The price of a used 2014 Clubman ranges from about $13,700 for the Mini Cooper Clubman base model to around $21,800 for the John Cooper Works model. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman?

The Mini Clubman has below-average reliability, earning 2.5 out of five points from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Clubman?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published crash test results for the 2014 Mini Clubman. The Clubman offers few advanced safety features. Rear parking sensors and adaptive pivoting headlights are available as options.

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Should I Consider Another Used Clubman?

The 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman marks the seventh and final model year of the vehicle’s first generation. There was no 2015 model, and an all-new Clubman arrived for 2016. There were no major changes between the 2011 and 2014 model years. As a result, you may find similarly equipped 2011, 2012, and 2013 models at lower prices than the 2014.

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Which Used Mini Cooper Clubman Is Right for Me?

Mini offers the 2014 Clubman in three trim levels. Each is related to engine performance. The Cooper Clubman has 121 horsepower, the Cooper S Clubman has 181 horsepower, and the John Cooper Works Clubman (JCW) has 208 horsepower.

All are equipped with the same standard features, which include an AM/FM/satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, a USB input, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Upholstery, alloy wheels, and interior trim options are likely to vary among used models. Additional available features include a navigation system, voice recognition, a Harman Kardon stereo, heated front seats, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, cruise control, parking sensors, and a sunroof.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Clubman. Mini’s certified pre-owned program offers two levels of warranty coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage, which can cover up to six-years/100,000-miles from the original new-car purchase date. Each Mini must pass an inspection to become certified pre-owned. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mini warranty page carefully.

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2014 Mini Cooper Clubman and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Mini Clubman or 2014 Mini Cooper?

The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop was redesigned for 2014. While it shares some of the Clubman’s shortcomings, it’s the better car overall. Both Minis have a stiff ride and low reliability ratings, but the Mini Hardtop has nicer cabin materials and more advanced convenience features, like a rearview camera, parallel park assist, and a head-up display. Cargo space is about the same for both.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mini Clubman or 2014 Mini Countryman?

The 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman and its two-door Mini Cooper Paceman sibling have a few of the same drawbacks as the Clubman. Each has a firm ride, some lackluster interior plastics, and frustratingly out-of-reach controls. Ultimately, the Paceman and Countryman are a bit more practical than the Clubman. Both offer more cargo space and available all-wheel drive.

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