2018 MINI Cooper Clubman

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2018 MINI Cooper Clubman Review

The 2018 Mini Clubman is classy and playful. This fun-to-drive car resides in the middle of our subcompact car ranking, partly because its driving demeanor isn't everyone's cup of tea.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.8
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Lots of cargo space
  • Upscale, playful interior styling
  • Nimble handling
  • Poor fuel economy for the class
  • Ride can be noisy

Is the Mini Clubman a Good Car?

The Clubman is a decent car. It stands out with its distinctive styling, even without factory options like Union Jack mirror caps and bonnet straps for the hood. Fun driving dynamics match this Mini's quirky styling, and its sizable cabin makes it a more accommodating vehicle than the smaller Mini Cooper and other subcompact cars. Rivals outside of the brand aren’t as boldly styled, comfortable, or spacious as the Clubman. On the downside, the Clubman gets low fuel economy estimates for the class, and there's a slight learning curve for many of its infotainment features.

Should I Buy the Mini Clubman?

The Clubman is essentially a larger Mini Cooper Hardtop. It adds extra passenger and cargo space, and its driving dynamics feel more like a comfortable daily driver than a go-kart. Those looking for a more practical version of the pint-sized Cooper will find a lot to like about the Clubman. However, those seeking an excellent history of predicted reliability and good fuel economy ratings should skip over this Mini. Check out the Mini Countryman if you need even more room.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mini Clubman?

Mini redesigned the Clubman for the 2016 model year and has made only minor changes since then. A rearview camera became standard for 2018, though it was available in previous model years. We recommend shopping through earlier model years from the current generation to save a little money.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2016 Clubman and 2017 Clubman. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings on used vehicles.

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Our Mini Clubman review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than a dozen sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

This 2018 Mini Cooper Clubman overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2016 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Mini Clubman Cost?

Among small cars, the Mini Clubman is one of the more expensive models. Starting prices range from $24,800 (for the base Mini Cooper Clubman) to $35,900 (for the John Cooper Works All4).

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Mini Clubman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mini Clubman or BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series is a luxury small car with agile handling and more passenger room than the Clubman. The 3 Series comes in three body styles and offers many powerful engine options. That said, the BMW comes at a steep $10,000 price increase. If you can afford the difference, go with the 3 Series. Otherwise, the Clubman is still a good option for those on a tighter budget.

Which Is Better: Mini Clubman or Mini Countryman?

The Mini Countryman sits in the subcompact SUV class, and it offers more passenger space than its smaller cousin. Although the Clubman saves you a couple thousand dollars, you get a bit more rear-seat legroom and a higher ride height in the Countryman. Besides that, however, the dimensions of both vehicles are pretty close.

Which Is Better: Mini Clubman or Mini Cooper?

If you're looking for the most thrilling Mini, stick with the original Mini Cooper. Since it’s a bit smaller, it has go-kart-like driving dynamics that aren't watered down to be more comfortable like its larger sibling. Moreover, the Mini Cooper is available as a two-door Mini Convertible or a two- or four-door Mini Hardtop. The Cooper has a lower starting price than the Clubman, but usability and interior dimensions are noticeably reduced in the Cooper. Choosing between these two will come down to your needs. Go for the Clubman if you plan to haul people and cargo, or pick the Cooper if you’d rather save money.

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Clubman Interior

How Many People Does the Clubman Seat?

The Clubman comes with five seats and enough space to hold four adults. The middle seat in the back can accommodate a larger passenger for a short trip but is otherwise best left for kids. Passenger space is about average for a subcompact car. With the Clubman, you get more rear-seat legroom than in a Mini Cooper, Fiat 500, and Ford Fiesta, and the optional panoramic sunroof makes the space feel even more spacious.

Clubman and Car Seats

It's easy to install a child safety seat into a Clubman. Its LATCH hardware (which consists of two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors) are clearly marked and accessible, and there's lots of space on the sides and front to fit bulky car seats.

Clubman Interior Quality

The Clubman is both whimsical and well-made. It comes standard with synthetic leather seats that feel almost like the real thing, or you can upgrade to genuine leather. Seemingly endless options are available to customize your Clubman, with an anthracite headliner, Union Jack illuminated door sills, and aluminum plating with a herringbone pattern among your choices.

Clubman Cargo Space

The Clubman has 17.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. Its set of barn doors opens wide, and there's even a hands-free option for easier loading. Some users like the swing-out rear doors, but a few say opening two doors is a pain. If you belong to the latter camp, take a look at the Mini Countryman, which has about the same amount of storage space and instead comes with a single swing-up hatch like most SUVs.

Clubman Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Every Clubman comes with an infotainment system and a 6.5-inch screen. The interface is mostly intuitive (once you're accustomed to it) and features a color-changing trim ring. A larger touch-screen display with navigation is available, as is a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and Apple CarPlay.

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Clubman Performance

Clubman Engines: Good, Better, Best

Mini has a different horsepower rating for each of its Clubman trim levels. The base Cooper Clubman's 134-horsepower three-cylinder engine is decent though not especially exuberant. Higher horsepower and torque ratings on the 2.0-liter engine (found in the Cooper S Clubman and John Cooper Works Clubman) translate into faster takeoffs, making these models the preferred choices for spirited drivers. All come with a standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is available in the base Cooper Clubman, and an eight-speed automatic is offered in upper trim levels. Every gearbox is smooth and polished, so there's no wrong choice here.

Clubman Gas Mileage: Not a Fuel Sipper

The Clubman is not a fuel-efficient subcompact car. Its base engine gets up to 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is significantly below average for a vehicle of this size.

Clubman Ride and Handling: Somewhere Between a Go-Kart and an SUV

The Clubman doesn't have the same go-kart handling as its smaller Cooper sibling, but it still feels athletic and lively. In fact, some drivers may prefer the more composed, smooth handling of the Clubman over the Cooper. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available in every trim level (and included in the John Cooper Works Clubman).

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Clubman Reliability

Is the Mini Clubman Reliable?

The 2018 Clubman receives a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That is considered average for all new cars.

Mini Clubman Warranty

Mini covers the 2018 Clubman with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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Clubman Safety

Clubman Crash Test Results

The 2018 Clubman has not undergone crash test analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Clubman Safety Features

Every 2018 Clubman comes standard with rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. Other available advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, parallel park assist, and a head-up display.

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Which Mini Clubman Model Is Right for Me?

The amount of horsepower and torque you get in a 2018 Clubman is tied to which trim you select, as each comes with a different turbocharged powertrain. As you move up in power, you also move up in price. Starting things off is the Mini Cooper Clubman base trim ($24,800) and its 134-horspower three-cylinder engine. The Cooper S Clubman, with a larger four-cylinder engine, boosts the horsepower rating by 55 and the price by $3,650. Both come standard with front-wheel drive. For an extra $1,850, you can step up to the Mini Clubman All4 (all-wheel drive) versions.

At the top of the range is the John Cooper Works (JCW) All4 Clubman. This edition features a rousing 228-horspower four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, with a price tag that slides in just under $36,000.

If performance is your primary concern, the JCW Clubman is the pick of the litter. However, if its price tag is out of your range, the Cooper S Clubman strikes a satisfying compromise between the lower priced base trim and the more powerful top-of-the-line trim.

Much of the charm of the Countryman line is the multitude of available options, giving you free range to customize to your heart's content. Packages and stand-alone options vary depending on the trim level and include amenities such as a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and an automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Apple CarPlay and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation and a larger touch screen are also available.

Mini Cooper Clubman

Standard features in the entry-level Clubman ($24,800) include carbon black synthetic leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Like the other trim levels, this edition's standard infotainment system includes the Mini Connected interface, a 6.5-inch display, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

Mini Cooper S Clubman

In addition to its larger engine, the $28,450 Cooper S Clubman comes with front fog lights and sport seats with enhanced side bolsters.

Mini John Cooper Works All4 Clubman

The range-topping John Cooper Works All4 Clubman features JCW sport seats, an anthracite headliner, ambient lighting, keyless entry with a proximity key, LED headlights, a rear spoiler, and a sport-tuned suspension system, plus its more powerful version of the Cooper S Clubman's engine. Prices start at $35,900.

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The Final Call

In our ranking of the best subcompact cars, the 2018 Mini Clubman boasts one of the highest performance scores. The Clubman is agile and lively, and its lineup of peppy turbocharged engines includes one of the most powerful power plants in this segment. Beyond its playful styling and driving dynamics, the Clubman offers a lot of practicality too, as illustrated by its spacious seats and cargo area. However, all of this comes at a steep price for the class – and with its below-average fuel economy ratings, you'll probably spend even more. Additionally, some infotainment features can take a little time to learn.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Boil it down to pure practicalities, and some key rivals deliver a better combination of ride and handling prowess, powertrain refinement and performance, interior accommodations, and value. But ultimately, few other cars have the cool-factor, or can make daily life as fun, as this XL-sized Mini Clubman." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The Mini Cooper Clubman notches above the standard Hardtop in both size and price, with an interior that has more space for passengers and cargo. … Like Clubman models before it, the latest version retains its signature swing-out rear doors instead of an upward-rising liftgate. In every other way this little British car has evolved, especially in technology, creature comforts and overall refinement. Like all Minis, the 2017 Clubman is fun to drive and makes a statement wherever it goes, but its premium appeal comes with an associated price, especially as you climb trims or add options." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "More so than even the Countryman, … [the Clubman is] a small family vehicle …with a luxurious feature [list], everyday comfort, and versatility, wrapped up in a shouty style that fits the brand. But unlike its hefty, high-riding brother, the Clubman is better at putting a stupid, silly, mile-wide smile on your face. And that remains the highest compliment we can pay to a Mini, no matter how many doors it has." -- Autoblog (2016)
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