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8.3

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 10.0
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2016 MINI Cooper Clubman Review

The 2016 Mini Clubman ranks in the top half of the subcompact car class. The Clubman is fun to drive, it looks and feels upscale, and it offers a decent amount of seating and cargo space for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Punchy turbocharged engines
  • Fun-to-drive handling
  • Upscale, roomy interior
  • High ownership costs
  • Low fuel economy estimates

2016 MINI Cooper Clubman Overview

Is the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Clubman is worth a look if you’re shopping for a used subcompact car. The Clubman has impressive passenger and cargo space for such a small hatchback. The cabin is trimmed with quality materials, and the infotainment system is easy to use. The Mini offers a great driving experience as well, thanks to its peppy engine options and go-kart-like handling. That said, the Clubman is one of the priciest cars to maintain in this segment. If you’re looking for a sporty hatchback with lower projected ownership costs, consider the 2016 Mazda3 or 2016 Volkswagen Golf.

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We’ve analyzed 14 Mini Clubman reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman?

You can expect to pay between $17,000 and $24,900 for a used 2016 Clubman. These figures are based on listings for the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman on our site. The average list price is $20,400. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman Cost to Own?

The Clubman’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $28,100 – or about $5,600 per year. That’s much higher than average for a subcompact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Clubman?

The 2019 Mini Cooper Clubman starts at $24,900, but it can quickly exceed $40,000 in its top trim levels. You can save thousands of dollars by buying a used 2016-2018 Clubman, and you won’t miss out on any features or performance. Here are a few things to consider about this generation. Mini redesigned the Clubman for 2016. The 2017 Clubman was the first model year available with all-wheel drive. The high-performance John Cooper Works variant also returned that year. The 2018 Clubman added support for Apple CarPlay and came standard with a few more features, which were previously optional. There were no major updates for 2019.

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If you’d prefer to buy a new hatchback, you’ll find lots of good options at the Clubman’s average price point. The 2019 Honda Fit starts at just $16,190 and boasts a much roomier cabin. The all-new 2019 Hyundai Veloster starts at $18,500 and mixes sporty handling with a unique three-door layout.

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Which Model Year of the Mini Cooper Clubman Is Best?

The Clubman’s second generation includes the 2016-and-newer models. These vehicles are all fine used car options. Just be aware that certain features weren’t offered for the 2016 model year. You’ll need to opt for a 2017-or-newer model if you want a John Cooper Works Clubman (228 horsepower) or all-wheel drive. Further, support for Apple CarPlay didn’t arrive until 2018.

You can save more money by shopping for a first-generation Clubman (2008 to 2014), however thes e vehicles have a stiffer ride, less seating and cargo space, and fewer tech and safety features. Stick with the second-generation Clubman.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman?

The 2016 Clubman earns a reliability rating of 3.5 from J.D. Power. That's above average for the industry, but just average in this class of reliable vehicles.

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2016 Mini Cooper Clubman Recalls

The 2016 Clubman is affected by two recalls. Mini is recalling models due to faults with the side curtain air bags. Models equipped with a trailer hitch – a dealer add-on feature – are also being recalled. Make sure these have been addressed before buying a used Clubman.

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Which Used Mini Cooper Clubman Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Clubman is available in two trim levels: Cooper and Cooper S. The base Mini Cooper Clubman is a good starting point. It comes standard with a turbocharged three-cylinder engine, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, remote keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, leatherette seats, cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The Cooper S Clubman trim adds a zippier four-cylinder turbo engine, sport seats, fog lights, and larger 17-inch wheels. Be sure to check used models carefully for the features you want because options tend to vary widely across used Mini vehicles. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, an 8.8-inch navigation screen, a Harman Kardon stereo, leather upholstery, heated seats, an adaptive suspension, and a suite of safety features.

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Certified Pre-Owned Mini Cooper Clubman Warranty

Mini’s certified pre-owned program provides one year of coverage with unlimited miles following the conclusion of the four-year, 50,000-mile Mini New Passenger Car Limited Warranty. Mini CPO vehicle warranties are not transferable on models sold on or after April 1, 2014. 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. Despite this extra coverage, rivals like Chevrolet, Honda, and Toyota have more comprehensive certified pre-owned programs, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Clubman?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Clubman a top rating of Good in all areas tested. There are currently no National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test results.

The Clubman is available with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a head-up display, a driver drowsiness monitor, and parallel park assist. The optional Driving Assistant package adds forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, and road sign detection.

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2016 Mini Cooper Clubman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman or 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman?

The 2016 Mini Countryman is a subcompact SUV. It has a higher ride height than the Clubman, so it feels like a larger vehicle from behind the wheel. Both models have a similar amount of cargo and seating space, and both earn comparable fuel economy ratings. The Clubman is the better buy for most shoppers, though. It has nicer cabin materials, a smoother ride, and more safety features.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman or 2016 Mini Cooper Hardtop?

The 2016 Mini Cooper Hardtop shares a lot with its Clubman sibling. Both have quality interior materials, the same tech and safety features, and zippy driving dynamics. The Hardtop takes the edge in fuel economy, but it doesn’t ride as comfortably as the Clubman, and its rear seats aren’t as roomy. Stick with the more practical Clubman.

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2016 Clubman Performance

How Does the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman Drive?

The 2016 Mini Clubman has two engine options: a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 134 horsepower (Cooper) or a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 horsepower (Cooper S). A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; six- and eight-speed automatic transmissions are available.

Despite its small size, the 1.5-liter engine feels energetic and more than capable of hustling the Clubman up to speed. It accelerates the Mini briskly around town and supplies adequate passing power at highway speeds. The 2.0-liter engine offers comparable muscle on the highway, but it gives the Cooper S noticeably more punch at low speeds. Choose this model if you want a sportier driving experience. The Clubman’s manual transmission is quite enjoyable to shift. The automatics are smooth and they change gears promptly. The only wrinkle is the car’s stop-start system. It saves gas by turning off the engine at stoplights, but it can be jarring when starting the engine again. Thankfully, it can be disabled.

Regardless of engine option, the Clubman rewards with well-balanced handling. The Mini darts around curves with poise and stability. Its brakes provide good stopping power, and its steering is precise. The Clubman’s ride quality is cushioned as well, though large bumps and potholes will make their presence known.

Does the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Clubman has some of the lowest fuel economy estimates in its class. The Cooper model returns 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway when paired with its manual transmission (25/33 mpg city/highway with automatic). The Cooper S yields a lower 22/31 mpg city/highway (23/33 mpg with automatic).

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2016 Clubman Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Clubman Seat?

The Mini Clubman has five seats. The front seats are comfy and supportive, and it’s easy to find an ideal driving position. There’s ample head- and legroom up front for taller passengers as well. The rear seats can comfortably fit a pair of adults, or three kids if they squeeze. However, a firm seat cushion makes it a chore to sit in the back seat for longer trips. Leatherette seats are standard; leather seats and heated front seats are available.

The Clubman’s interior is nicely styled, and it sports a number of quality plastics and upholstery. It’s quiet as well, with very little road or wind noise seeping into the cabin.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman?

The Clubman has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2016 Mini Cooper Clubman Features

The Clubman comes standard with a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, climate control, and keyless entry. Available features include a larger 8.8-inch touch screen with navigation, a Harman Kardon stereo, a rearview camera, and a head-up display that projects driving information onto a see-through screen.

This infotainment system has a learning curve, but it’s pretty user-friendly once you’re familiar with it. Its main controls consist of a rotary dial and buttons on the center console. Additional air conditioning and audio controls are found beneath the screen.

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2016 Mini Cooper Clubman Dimensions

Mini Cooper Clubman Cargo Space

The Clubman has 17.5 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and 47.9 cubic feet of space with these seats folded. That’s quite spacious for a subcompact car. Instead of a typical hatchback that lifts up, the Clubman has two rear doors that swing out to the sides.

2016 Clubman Length and Weight

The Clubman is 14 feet long, and it weighs between 3,105 and 3,300 pounds, depending on trim level.

Where Was the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman Built?

Mini built the 2016 Clubman in England.

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