2014 MINI Cooper Clubman Review
The 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman is brimming with character and delivers a fun ride with room for four, reviewers say. However, many rivals are cheaper, have more cargo space and friendlier tech features.
Automotive journalists say that equipped with the base four-cylinder engine, the 2014 Mini Clubman has adequate power in the city, but it takes time to get up to speed on the highway. They prefer the more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engines in higher trims, which make the Clubman zippier off the line. Both the standard manual and optional automatic transmissions are refined, reviewers say. Equipped with an automatic transmission, the base Clubman gets an EPA-estimated 27/35 mpg city/highway, which is OK for a subcompact car. Reviewers say that despite its larger size, the Clubman takes after the Mini Cooper hardtop and offers superb handling. They praise its crisp steering and say it is a lot of fun to drive, especially on winding roads.
The 2014 Clubman’s retro-styled interior appeals to most test drivers who say that the cabin is constructed with attractive materials. However, some point out that the use of some cheap plastics is a turnoff. Reviewers find that the front seats are adequately comfy and say there’s a surprising amount of head- and legroom in the back seat, which can accommodate two adults. Standard features include a six-speaker CD audio system, an audio jack, Bluetooth, a USB/iPod adapter, HD Radio, push-button start, a climate-controlled glove box and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Optional features include a Harman Kardon sound system, a voice-controlled infotainment system with a 6.5-inch high-def display, navigation, satellite radio, a sunroof and rear parking sensors. The Mini Clubman’s dashboard controls are attractive but the layout isn’t very intuitive, test drivers say, adding that the use of switches instead of buttons can make audio and climate controls difficult to find and operate. There’s a learning curve for the infotainment system too, they note.
- “In other words, the Clubman is a MINI Cooper for small families, not just single slingers. The good news is that, aside from being a little heavier, the Clubman is every bit a MINI Cooper from behind the wheel, with the same energetic character and sports-car-like agility. On the other hand, the base engine that serves other MINIs is somewhat overwhelmed here. Also, the Clubman's looks aren't for everyone, and it tends to be a love-it-or-hate-it design proposition.” -- AutoTrader
- “It should not startle you to learn that, Clubman withstanding, these cars have tight rear seats and limited cargo capacity. They are, after all, mini. And with their premium nature comes premium pricing above rivals like the Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500, Chevrolet Sonic, Mazda2, Honda Fit and Hyundai Veloster." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The 2013 Mini Cooper Clubman takes all of the kitsch and fun of the standard Mini and adds more space and utility." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "Mini Clubman may look like an economy car, but this Best Buy is actually a sporty driving machine that brims with character." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
Auto writers say the Volkswagen Golf handles nimbly, and that the Golf has one of the nicest interiors in the class, with user-friendly climate and audio controls. Additionally, the Golf offers a lot more cargo space than the Clubman.
The Fiat 500L seats five and reviewers like its European style and wraparound windows that they say let lots of light into the cabin. Test drivers report that the four-door hatchback has intuitive controls and tech features. The 500L also has significantly more cargo space than the Clubman.
Details: 2014 Mini Clubman
The 2014 Mini Clubman seats four and has front-wheel drive. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission are standard. The Mini Clubman comes in three trims: base, Cooper S and John Cooper Works. Cooper S and John Cooper Works models come with more powerful turbocharged engines. A six-speed automatic is optional. The Cooper Clubman was introduced in the U.S. for the 2008 model year and has seen few major changes since then. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 to 2014 model years.
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