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2017 MINI Cooper Clubman Review

The 2017 Mini Cooper Clubman is fun-to-drive car that offers a first-class cabin with plenty of seating and cargo space. However, the Clubman’s high ownership costs keep it from rising out of the middle of our subcompact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Energetic turbocharged engines
  • Quiet, well-built cabin
  • Good seating and cargo space
  • Poor fuel economy
  • High listing price




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 10.0 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2017 MINI Cooper Clubman Overview

Is the 2017 Mini Clubman a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Mini Clubman is a solid option if you want a subcompact car with athletic performance and a refined interior. On the road, the Clubman has sharp handling and a comfortable ride. Inside, the Clubman makes a positive impression with its upscale materials and quiet cabin. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and there’s also plenty of cargo space.

However, the Clubman has a steep average price for the class. It also has poor fuel economy and requires premium fuel, making it costlier to operate than many rivals. If you want quick highway acceleration, you’ll need to purchase one of the upper trims. These pricier models have stronger engines, but they don’t add any additional standard features.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 16 Mini Clubman reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Mini Clubman?

The Mini Clubman is one of the most expensive cars in the class. Based on more than 200 listings on our site, its price ranges from $21,500 to $33,000, with the average price landing around $25,800. Exact prices depend on the model’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Mini Clubman Cost to Own?

The 2017 Mini Clubman’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $25,800, which is higher than the estimates for just about every other subcompact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Mini Clubman?

At $24,900, the 2018 Mini Clubman’s starting price is only $900 higher than the average price of a used 2017 Clubman. A rearview camera became standard for 2018, and new models come with a new-car warranty. Since you won’t save all that much, it might make more sense to go for the 2018 model. However, if you can get a better price on a 2017 with a rearview camera, go for it.

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Among new subcompact cars, nearly every vehicle has a lower starting price than the Mini Clubman. One of the best options is the highly ranked 2018 Honda Fit, which is our 2018 Best Subcompact Car for the Money. Starting at $16,190, the Fit offers an upscale interior, plenty of cargo space, great gas mileage, and an abundance of technology features.

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Which Model Year of the Mini Clubman Is Best?

After a brief production hiatus for the 2015 model year, the Mini Clubman received a full redesign for 2016. There were no major changes for 2017, so save some money and buy a nearly identical 2016 model.  

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Mini Clubman?

The 2017 Mini Clubman has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Mini Clubman Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Clubman has three recalls. One addresses a defective trailer hitch, and the other two concern air bags that improperly deploy. Be sure a Mini dealer performs all necessary recall repairs before buying a Clubman.

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Which Used Mini Clubman Model Is Right for Me?

Mini offers the 2017 Clubman in three trims: base, S, and John Cooper Works. Most drivers should be pleased with the base Clubman’s features, which include a six-speaker stereo, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a USB port, Bluetooth, and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display and a touch controller with handwriting recognition. The major difference between trim levels is their engines, not their features. When the Clubman was new, Mini offered most available features in packages. As a result, you may have to do some hunting to find a model that comes equipped with the features you want.

The base engine produces modest power compared to the two available engines. If you want eager highway acceleration, start with the Mini Clubman S trim. It has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 55 more horsepower than the base engine. The John Cooper Works Clubman comes with all-wheel-drive, and its 228-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder is the strongest engine in the lineup.

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What Does Mini's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mini offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. 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. Each CPO Mini must pass a 197-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mini warranty page carefully.

Mini has one of the best CPO programs compared with affordable automakers, besting those from Kia, Mazda, and Volkswagen. Compared with luxury brands, however, Mini’s program isn’t nearly as robust.

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How Safe Is the Mini Clubman?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the 2017 Clubman.

While most rivals come standard with a rearview camera, the 2017 Clubman offers it as an option. Additional safety options include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, and automatic parallel park assist.

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2017 Mini Clubman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Mini Clubman or 2017 Honda Fit?

The 2017 Honda Fit is more affordable than the Mini Clubman, but it still has a sleek interior with plenty of quality materials. The Fit’s seats are comfortable and supportive in both rows, and it’s one of the only cars in the class with more overall cargo space than the Clubman. The Fit’s sole engine returns better gas mileage than any of the Clubman’s offerings. On the road, the Fit has a smooth ride and good composure around corners. It may not be as fun to drive as the Clubman, but the well-equipped Fit is an excellent, well-rounded car with an attractive price.

Which Is Better: 2017 Mini Clubman or 2017 Mini Cooper?

The 2017 Mini Cooper has a lot in common with the Mini Clubman, including the same engine choices and thrilling driving dynamics. Both also have upscale interiors and comfortable front seats. However, there are some key differences between these models. The Cooper is more agile than the Clubman, and the Cooper has a slightly higher predicted reliability rating and a lower average price. On the other hand, the Clubman has better gas mileage, a smoother ride, roomier seats, and a larger cargo capacity than the Cooper. Both vehicles are good, but your needs will help you decide which model is right for you.  

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2017 Mini Clubman Performance

How Does the 2017 Mini Clubman Drive?

The Clubman comes standard with a 134-horsepower 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, which runs quietly and has decent power. The Clubman S trim has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 189 horsepower. The John Cooper Works Clubman is the most powerful in the lineup, with its 228-horsepower turbo-four. Both turbocharged engines deliver good power and quick acceleration.

Along with its cushioned ride, the Clubman also has strong cornering abilities. However, its steering could be more responsive. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is available, which Mini calls ALL4.

Does the 2017 Mini Clubman Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Clubman’s gas mileage is low for the class, and it requires premium gasoline. With the base engine and the automatic transmission, the Clubman returns an estimated 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. With the Clubman S’ larger engine, expect 23/33 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission.

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2017 Mini Clubman Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Mini Clubman Seat?

The Clubman seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, sport seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings are available. The Clubman’s quiet cabin has a modern design and high-quality materials.

Inside, the Clubman offers ample room in both rows. Drivers will have no trouble finding a comfortable position. The front seats remain supportive on long rides, and the rear seats are surprisingly roomy.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Mini Clubman?

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the Clubman’s outboard rear seats, along with an additional upper tether anchor on the middle rear seat.

2017 Mini Clubman Features

Standard features include a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, and the Mini Connected infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display and a touch controller that recognizes handwriting. Available features include navigation, a moonroof, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio, wireless device charging, and an 8.8-inch touch screen.

The Clubman’s dashboard display is easy to use and see, and climate and audio controls are straightforward. If you plan to purchase a model with the available head-up display, keep in mind that its low position on the dashboard can be distracting.

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2017 Mini Clubman Dimensions

Mini Clubman Cargo Space

There is 17.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the Clubman’s rear seats. That expands to 47.9 cubic feet after you fold down the rear seats, which is more than most subcompact hatchbacks provide.

The Clubman has two side-hinged cargo doors that open outward – similar to French doors. There’s a false floor in the back, which allows you stow valuable items out of sight. Available hands-free cargo doors make it easier to load cargo when your hands are full.

2017 Mini Length and Weight

The 2017 Mini Clubman measures about 14 feet long. The Clubman's curb weight depends on the drivetrain. Front-wheel-drive models weigh 3,015 pounds, while all-wheel-drive models weigh 3,445 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating is 4,230 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Mini Clubman Built?

Mini built the 2017 Clubman in the United Kingdom.

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