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MSRP: $21,400 - $32,300
Invoice: $19,690 - $29,715
MPG: 28 City / 35 Hwy
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MINI Cooper Clubman Interior

Reviewers agree that the 2014 Mini Clubman’s retro-inspired interior is attractive and that materials are generally of good quality. However, a few point out that some hard plastic surfaces can be a turnoff. Reviewers say visibility is good from the driver’s seat, and the front seats are comfortable, especially the available sport seats. There’s enough head- and legroom in the back seat to accommodate adults, they say, and most passengers shouldn’t have a problem entering the back seat through the club door. Reviewers point out that the cabin’s emphasis on design makes for a confusing layout, with audio and climate controls that aren’t very intuitive to use. The use of switches rather than buttons can be frustrating, they say, and the infotainment system takes a bit of time to learn.

  • "Compared with the regular Cooper's back seat, the Clubman's is limousinelike. The back seat still only seats two, but those passengers can be a pair of 6-footers, no sweat. The front passengers probably won't even have to slide their seats forward to free up more legroom. The bottom cushions are low, so those 6-footers may find their knees pointing skyward, but at least they'll fit. They should be comfortable for more than just a few miles, too. Access through the reverse-opening club door isn't as simple as a regular door, but reasonably limber passengers shouldn't have a problem." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Mini's stylish, retro exterior looks extend to the interior." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "Like other Minis, Clubmans use a distinctive mix of interior colors, shapes, and textures that combined for a sporty-functional vibe. Materials and fixtures generally reinforce Mini's semi-premium brand image, but some molded plastics seem low-grade and flimsy." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "As in the regular Cooper, the Clubman features the retro-inspired control setup, punctuated with toggle switches and anchored by an oversized speedometer in the center stack. Some will love the unique style of form trumping function, but others may find it annoying and pretentious." -- Edmunds (2012)

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Seating

The 2014 Clubman seats four and has a reverse-hinged club door that enlarges the door opening on the passenger’s side. Manually adjustable front seats and a leather steering wheel that tilts and telescopes are standard on the Mini Clubman. Options include heated front seats, leather-trimmed seats and sport seats. Visibility is excellent, auto writers note, and the telescoping steering wheel helps drivers tailor their position. Reviewers say that the Clubman’s front seats are spacious, but point out that the contoured sport seats available on higher trims are preferable to the seats in the base model thanks to their additional support. Test drivers also report that the rear seats have enough head- and legroom to accommodate adults on short trips.

  • "The base Clubman's standard front seats are rather flat. (We recommend going for the optional contoured sport seats, which are standard on the Cooper S Clubman.) The chairlike driving position, however, gives the driver a remarkably grand view of the surroundings. As in the regular Cooper, the pedals are perfectly placed, and the tilting and telescoping steering wheel falls right to hand." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Mini Cooper Hardtop, Convertible and Clubman have seating for four. The front seats are roomy, but the Clubman is your best bet if you plan to put adults in the rear." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “Compared to the Hardtop, the Clubman boasts three extra inches of wheelbase. That translates into three additional inches of rear leg room, which makes the rear seats very practical for children and acceptable for two adults for short trips.” -- Left Lane News
  • "Clubman solves the rear-seat problem that plagues the smaller Mini Coopers. Back seats are nicely contoured and comfortable, and rear headroom and legroom are adequate for a 6-footer. A tall person won't want to ride in back for 200 miles, but it's not like being in the penalty box, either." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Clubman comes standard with 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-definition display, navigation, satellite radio, a sunroof and rear parking sensors.

Test drivers say that the Mini Clubman’s emphasis on style means that controls aren’t always easy to use. The dashboard is covered in switches rather than buttons or knobs, they say, and the layout of audio and climate controls isn’t very user-friendly. One reviewer says that because the speedometer is mounted in the center of the dashboard, it isn’t in the driver’s line of sight. Another critic says the infotainment system takes a little time to master.

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  • "The audio and climate controls are not arranged as ideally, and certain controls employ stylish yet frustrating toggle switches rather than proper knobs or buttons.” -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2014 Clubman and Convertible's dash will look familiar if you've been in a Mini, including the center row of shiny switches. They look and feel great, but can be awkward to use.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The dashboard suffers the form-over-function lapses that reflect Mini's needless obsession with retro design. The huge center speedometer, for instance, is hard to read accurately without leaning inboard." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "As the Mini's LCD is not a touch screen, you control the infotainment system mostly through a knob on the console. You can turn it to move up and down through menu items, or push it sideways to drill down or back up in the menu structure. Not immediately intuitive, it becomes easier to figure out over time." -- CNET (2011)

Cargo

The 2014 Clubman has 9.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 32.8 cubic feet with the seats folded. That’s a good amount of space for a subcompact car, but not as much as hatchbacks like the Nissan Versa Note offer. Test drivers say that there’s not much room for cargo if the rear seats are occupied, but folding the seats provides a useful amount of space. The Clubman’s side-hinged rear doors open wide and don’t inhibit the loading of cargo, reviewers note, adding that the cargo hold’s low clearance makes loading easier.

  • “Similar to the original Mini Traveller and Clubman, rear access is provided by two doors which are hinged to the outside C-pillars and open one at a time, barn-door style, assisted by gas struts. When open they provide full-width access to the cargo area, and expose the rear tail lights to the rear for safety.” -- Left Lane News
  • "The Clubman's cargo area is more than twice as large as the regular Cooper's, although with just 9.2 cubic feet of capacity, it's not exactly cavernous. Flip the rear seats down, however, and the cargo bay expands to a useful 32.8 cubes." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Cargo space behind the rear seat of Minis is inherently meager. Flip down those seats, though, and interior space opens up commendably." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "Clubmans offer a claimed 9.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 32.8 maximum. That's not much for a wagon, but the cargo hold has a usefully regular shape and is low to the ground for easy loading.” -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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