2013 MINI Cooper Clubman Review
Automotive critics think the 2013 Mini Cooper Clubman is a good performer thanks to its agile handling and powerful engine options, but they say rival cars have more practical passenger and cargo accommodations.
The Mini Clubman can come with one of three four-cylinder engines. The base engine makes 121 horsepower. The Cooper S and John Cooper Works models have turbocharged engines making 181 and 208 horsepower, respectively. Most test drivers are pleased with each of the engines. All models have a standard six-speed manual transmission, which some reviewers prefer over the optional six-speed automatic. The Cooper Clubman’s fuel economy is good for the class, reaching an EPA-estimated 27/35 mpg city/highway with the base engine and either transmission. According to reviewers, the Mini Cooper Clubman is one of the most engaging cars in the class to drive, thanks to its agile handling, which makes it fun to whip around corners and easy to maneuver in tight areas. Some reviewers say the Cooper Clubman’s sporty driving dynamics come at the cost of ride quality, which they say is bumpy. Though it has good overall performance, the Cooper Clubman has a below-average reliability score, which may make competitors, like the Mazda3 that have good performance and reliability ratings, appealing alternatives.
Auto writers say the 2013 Clubman's cabin is well-made, but the control layout can be confusing and space is tight. Standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port and HD Radio, which is good for the class, but reviewers find the climate, stereo and optional infotainment system frustrating to use. The Mini Cooper Clubman seats four. Reviewers do appreciate that it offers more cargo space than the Mini Cooper Hardtop, but say that the room available with the rear seats up pales in comparison with the rest of the class. They add that the rear seats are cramped for adults. The second row is also hard to enter and exit.
- "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)
- "But for style, daily livability and countless ways to personalize and let your freak flag fly (which Mini might even be able to put on your Mini's roof, since there's a selection of optional decals from which to choose), the Clubman is hard to beat." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "The car has a striking appearance and exhibits very fun handling." -- CNET (2011)
Other Cars to Consider
If you’re drawn to the Clubman’s nimble driving dynamics, but want a car with more passenger and cargo space, consider the Volkswagen GTI.The GTI is also a reviewer favorite for its upscale cabin, comfortable seats and good fuel economy.
Reviewers are drawn to the Hyundai Veloster’s unique exterior styling and plentiful standard features, which include a touch-screen and USB port. The Veloster’s handling can’t match the Cooper Clubman’s, but its base engine is more powerful and there’s also an optional turbocharged engine.
Details: 2013 Mini Cooper Clubman
The 2013 Mini Cooper Clubman is available in base, Cooper S and John Cooper Works models. All models have a four-cylinder engine, but each has a different horsepower rating. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is optional. The base Cooper Clubman comes with Bluetooth, a USB port and HD Radio; a navigation system and infotainment system are available. The Cooper Clubman hasn’t changed much since it debuted in the United States in 2008. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2008 to 2013.