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2018 MINI Cooper Clubman Review

The 2018 Mini Clubman finishes in the middle of our subcompact car rankings. It provides engaging driving dynamics and an above-average predicted reliability rating, but it doesn't offer much that you can't get in less-expensive, higher-ranking ­­rivals.

Pros & Cons

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




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 MINI Cooper Clubman Overview

Is the 2018 Mini Clubman a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2018 Mini Clubman is a good used car. If you're searching for a distinctive-looking, fun-to-drive subcompact car, the Clubman is worth a look.

Check out the 2018 Clubman's strengths:

  • Stylish cabin with an upscale feel
  • Energetic powertrain options
  • Nimble handling makes it fun to drive
  • Two rows of roomy seats­­­­­
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Good predicted reliability rating

But take note of its weaknesses:

  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Powertrain sounds noisy at times
  • Much more expensive than rivals
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Mini Clubman review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 19 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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

How Much Is the 2018 Mini Clubman?

Based on listings for the 2018 Mini Clubman on our site, the average price is $26,700, which is significantly above average for the class. Prices range from $21,500 to $33,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Mini Clubman Cost to Own?

The 2018 Clubman’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $28,000, or $5,600 per year. That’s well above average for a subcompact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Clubman?

Prices for the 2019 Clubman start at $24,900. New available features for 2019 include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and front parking sensors. Otherwise, it's nearly identical to the 2018 model.

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Mini redesigned the Clubman for the 2016 model year, and there were no notable changes for 2017. The only significant change for 2018 was the addition of the previously optional rearview camera to the standard features list. We recommend shopping for an older model from the current generation to save a little money.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Mini Clubman?

The 2018 Mini Clubman has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Mini Clubman Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Mini Clubman:

  • Trailer hitch may sag or detach from vehicle

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Mini Clubman Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Mini Clubman comes in three trims: base, S, and JCW. If performance is your primary concern, the JCW Clubman is the pick of the litter. If performance isn't as important, the S Clubman strikes a satisfying compromise between the base trim and the more powerful top-of-the-line trim.

When it was new, the Clubman was available with tons of options, so you may find a used model equipped with amenities such as a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay, or an upgraded infotainment system with navigation and a larger touch screen.

  • Mini Cooper Clubman: The entry-level Clubman has a 134-horsepower three-cylinder engine. Standard features 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: The Cooper S Clubman has a 189-horsepower turbo-four engine. In addition to the lower trim's features, it 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 comes with a 228-horsepower four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. Standard features include JCW sport seats, an anthracite headliner, ambient lighting, proximity keyless entry, LED headlights, a rear spoiler, and a sport-tuned suspension system.

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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 Clubman?

The 2018 Clubman has not been crash tested by either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • adaptive cruise control
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • parallel park assist
  • head-up display

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2018 Mini Clubman Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Mini Clubman or 2018 BMW 3 Series?

The 2018 BMW 3 Series is a luxury small car with incredibly agile handling and more passenger room than the Clubman. The 3 Series comes in three body styles – sedan, wagon, and hatchback – and offers many powerful engine options. That said, the BMW is more expensive. If it’s in your budget, go with the 3 Series. Otherwise, the Clubman is a good option.

Which Is Better: 2018 Mini Clubman or 2018 Mini Cooper?

The 2018 Mini Cooper feels like a go-kart when you're behind the wheel, but this car isn’t built for comfort like its larger sibling. The Mini Cooper is available as a two-door Mini Convertible or a two- or four-door Mini Hardtop, and it costs less than the Clubman. However, 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 carry people and cargo, or pick the Cooper if you’d rather save money.

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2018 Clubman Performance

How Does the 2018 Mini Clubman Drive?

There are three Clubman trims, and each gets its own engine. The base three-cylinder setup feels relatively quick, but it's loud. It also can't match the energetic feel of the higher trims' four-cylinder powertrains. Both four-cylinders have significantly more horsepower than the base engine, and they deliver much better acceleration. The Clubman's suspension is on the stiff side, but the ride isn't uncomfortable. This Mini handles well, and it can carve up winding roads without a problem. Still, it can't quite match the agility of smaller Minis.

  • Base engine: 134-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder
  • Available engines:
    • 189-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (S Clubman)
    • 228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (JCW Clubman)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive (AWD comes standard in JCW models)
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual in every trim; available six-speed (three-cylinder engine) or eight-speed automatic (four-cylinder)
Does the 2018 Mini Clubman Get Good Gas Mileage?

Many subcompact cars get better fuel economy than the Clubman. The numbers listed below are for each engine when paired with a manual transmission. Numbers are similar with the available automatic, though whether the ratings are slightly better or worse depends on the engine.

  • three-cylinder, FWD: 24/34 mpg city/highway
  • three-cylinder, AWD: 22/32 mpg
  • 189-horsepower turbo-four, FWD: 22/31 mpg
  • 189-horsepower turbo-four, AWD: 21/30 mpg
  • 228-horsepower turbo-four, AWD: 21/31 mpg

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2018 Clubman Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Clubman Seat?

The 2018 Mini Clubman seats five people in two rows. Its stylish, handsome cabin features plenty of high-quality materials. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, and the driver's seat offers good visibility. The rear seats are fairly spacious as well, and they can accommodate two adults.

Standard seating features:

  • synthetic leather upholstery

Available seating features:

  • genuine leather upholstery
  • high-grade cloth upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • front sport seats with added bolstering
  • power-adjustable driver's seat
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Mini Clubman?

The 2018 Clubman has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. Most types of child car seats fit easily, and there aren't any major issues with the connection points.

2018 Mini Clubman Features

While some think the Clubman's center stack controls are well-organized, others find the setup frustrating and think it takes lots of time to master. Once you get used to the system, however, it's easy to use.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.5-inch display, the Mini Connected interface, a USB port, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.8-inch touch-screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: dual-pane panoramic sunroof and wireless device charging

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2018 Mini Clubman Dimensions

Mini Clubman Cargo Space

You get 17.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the Clubman's rear seats and 47.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Both dimensions are among the largest in the subcompact car class.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Mini Clubman Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet
  • Curb weight: 3,105 to 3,450 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Mini Clubman Built?

Mini built the 2018 Clubman in England.


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