2019 Mini Cooper Clubman

2019 Mini Cooper Clubman Review: A Go-Kart For The Family

by Morgan Carter

If you love the Mini Cooper Hardtop but need some extra space as your kids all-too-quickly turn into surly teens, then the Mini Cooper Clubman may be the answer. Powered by the same set of powertrains, with an available 189-horsepower turbo-four-cylinder, the wagon-style Mini offers comparable performance to its smaller sibling. But, where it really shines, is in its better-proportioned rear seats and almost practical trunk. Still, the Clubman will never be as sensible as some of its hatchback rivals like the Honda Civic or Hyundai Elantra GT. But it's certainly more fun, and it offers something many of its competitors don't - an all-wheel drivetrain. But, even with its premium interior, the Mini Clubman may not be worth the pretty hefty price tag, especially when you consider its rather lackluster standard features offering.

2019 Mini Cooper Clubman Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 Cooper Clubman?

Not all that much changes for the Mini Cooper Clubman. Additional safety features are available to the otherwise sparse list of standard features. These include forward collision detection with automatic emergency braking, as well as front parking sensors. The infotainment can be upgraded with Apple CarPlay, which oddly doesn't come standard.

Pros and Cons

  • Signature Mini styling
  • Great handling
  • Optional all-wheel drivetrain
  • More cabin space than standard Mini Cooper
  • Well-built, premium interior
  • Hefty price tag for a subcompact hatchback
  • Not a spirited as the Mini Cooper Hardtop
  • Sparsely equipped without optional packages

2019 Mini Cooper Clubman Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Cooper
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-3 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Front-Wheel Drive
$24,900
Cooper ALL4
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-3 Gas
6-Speed Manual
All-Wheel Drive
$26,900
Cooper S
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Front-Wheel Drive
$28,900
Cooper S ALL4
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
All-Wheel Drive
$30,900

Cooper Clubman Exterior

The Mini Cooper Clubman has not yet received its Life Cycle Impulse update from BMW, so it looks much the same as it did at release. That's certainly not a bad thing, though, with the overexaggerated style looking particularly eye-catching on the stretched wagon body. The large oval headlights and broad low-set grille give the Clubman a playful expression while the split rear doors give it a unique appearance from the back, too. The Cooper rides on 16-inch alloy wheels, while the Cooper S gets 17-inch alloys as standard. Fog lights are standard across the range, and even more imposing 18-inch alloys are available to the Iconic sub-trims.

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Dimensions

Despite the extra length over the standard Mini Cooper, the Clubman is still far from being large. A typical short 105.1-inch wheelbase still limits the size of the cabin, but the overall length of 168.3 inches means that the wagon-style Mini can still fit up to five and a fair amount of cargo. With the side mirrors folded down, the Clubman only takes up 70.9 inches from side to side. It's also just as short as you'd expect from a Mini, standing only 56.7 inches tall. The lightest model weighs in at 3,105 pounds, while the heavier Cooper S ALL4 tips the scale at 3,445 lbs.

  • Length 168.3 in
  • Wheelbase 105.1 in
  • Height 56.7 in
  • Max Width 70.9 in
  • Front Width 61.6 in
  • Rear Width 61.4 in

Exterior Colors

Mini offers quite an eclectic color palette for the Cooper Clubman, but aside from the standard Moonwalk Grey, they all come with a surcharge of $500. The Classic sub-trim gets access to Midnight Black, Pepper White, and Chili Red within this list. Once you upgrade to the Signature sub-trim, you are no longer charged the extra $500, and the palette is expanded with Melting Silver, White Silver, Pure Burgundy, and British Racing Green. Mini Yours Lapisluxury Blue is reserved for the top-tier Iconic, although Thunder Grey is available to both the Signature and Iconic on the Cooper S model. These upper sub-trims also allow you to paint the roof a different color to the body, with options including Black, White, or Melting Silver.

  • Chili Red
  • Starlight Blue Metallic
  • Moonwalk Gray Metallic
  • Pepper White
  • MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • British Racing Green Metallic
  • Thunder Gray Metallic
  • Digital Blue Metallic, Build Out: 7/31/2018
  • Melting Silver Metallic
  • Pure Burgundy Metallic
  • White Silver Metallic

Cooper Clubman Performance

In its standard guise, the Cooper Clubman doesn't feel like the kind of performance vehicle we have come to expect from Mini. Sure, the turbocharged three-cylinder gives the smaller Minis a certain degree of playfulness, but the Clubman is simply too large and heavy to get the same amount of fun out of just 134 hp. Even the manufacturer claims that the base engine will take a lethargic 8.9 seconds to get the larger hatchback up to 60 mph from a standstill. Most Mini enthusiasts will be yawning long before then.

The available four-cylinder engine, also turbocharged, is far more engaging. With an extra 55 hp and a total of 207 lb-ft of torque, it can help the Cooper S Clubman make the 0-60 mph sprint in a brisker 6.9 seconds, according to Mini. The all-wheel drivetrain does improve this by an extra 0.3 seconds, but whether or not that is worth paying an extra $5k is up to you.

However, there is an even more athletic performer in the Mini Clubman range, in the form of the John Cooper Works Clubman. That model is reviewed separately, though.

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Engine and Transmission

This is the last year that the Mini Cooper Clubman will be available with the turbo three-cylinder engine. Displacing 1.5-liters, the engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox that directs 134 hp and 162 lb-ft to your choice of the front or all four wheels. While this powertrain certainly gets the job done on the smaller Mini Hardtop, it feels a little strained hauling the larger Clubman around. It still gets the job done, though, and it can pass on the highway without too much fuss if you give it the time.

The Cooper S models get the more impressive 2.0-liter turbo-four-pot. Once again, it comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and a choice of both drivetrains, but it develops a much more impressive 189 hp and 207 lb-ft. This gives the Clubman some much-needed athleticism and getting around town or passing on the highway becomes a lot easier.

Both engines can be mated to an automatic transmission, too, if you don't mind sacrificing some involvement with your Mini. The three-cylinder engine sticks to six gears on the automatic gearbox, but the four-cylinder gets an upgraded eight-speed automatic transmission.

  • Engines
    1.5-liter Turbo Inline-3 Gas, 2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Manual, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Most Minis excel when it comes to the actual driving experience. And while it certainly doesn't disappoint, the Clubman isn't quite as engaging as its smaller siblings like the Cooper Hardtop. The base engine feels far too inadequate for the larger wagon, but once you upgrade to the four-pot, the Clubman starts to move with a bit more gusto. However, the longer wheelbase and wagon-like dimensions do detract a bit from its handling. You won't want to throw the Clubman into turns as readily as you would a Hardtop.

But that doesn't mean the larger Mini isn't willing to take a few risks. The steering is still nice and responsive, and it provides plenty of feedback so that you know when the Clubman is pushing against its limits. Unfortunately, all this fun comes at the cost of ride comfort. With a slightly firmer suspension than you'd expect on a city hatchback, the Clubman won't spare you from road imperfections.

Still, few hatchbacks can offer the same degree of fun, and they certainly don't grant you the same level of freedom behind the wheel. However, what the Clubman sacrifices in terms of comfort and practicality may not be worth it.

Cooper Clubman Gas Mileage

Considering that it's a hatchback designed to be driven with gusto, the Cooper Clubman still manages to get pretty reasonable fuel economy, even if it's still quite a bit greedier than its competitors. With a choice of two engines, two drivetrains, and three transmissions, mileage can vary a bit depending on the configuration you go for. The turbocharged three-cylinder on the Cooper models gets its best figures in front-wheel-drive with the manual gearbox, with an EPA-estimated 24/33/28 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles. The all-wheel drivetrain gets its best figures with the automatic gearbox, at 23/31/26 mpg. The turbo-four-pot seems to favor the eight-speed automatic transmission, getting 23/32/27 mpg with FWD, and 23/31/26 mpg with AWD. Equipped with a 13.2-gallon fuel tank, the Clubman can cover as much as 370 miles in its most efficient guise.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 24/33 mpg
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Cooper Clubman Interior

The Mini Clubman doesn't disappoint when you climb inside. While it may be a more functional hatchback, it still feels like you're in the cockpit of an athletic roadster. However, it's naturally more spacious than your run-of-the-mill Mini. There's more than enough space for four or five, and they'll all be seated in the lap of luxury, with premium materials covering every surface. There's even a pretty spacious trunk - for a Mini, that is. The dashboard isn't overly cluttered due to the relatively sparse tech offering, and the standard infotainment screen is quite small. If you want an even sportier feel to your Clubman, the Cooper S model comes with sports front seats and extra seat adjustments.

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Seating and Interior Space

Built to accommodate passengers more readily than a standard Mini Cooper, the Clubman has more head- and legroom to go around. Naturally, those in the front seats get the lion's share, with room to stretch their legs, but no extremely tall person would feel cozy in a Mini. For a change, the rear seats aren't reserved for small children. There is actually a fair amount of head- and legroom, but you may still want to limit the occupancy to two adults. The Cooper models come equipped with six-way manual front seats, while the Cooper S upgrades to eight-way manual sports front seats with thigh extensions. Thus, it's pretty easy to find a comfortable driving position, and the wide-opening doors make it just as easy to enter or exit the hatchback. Overall, visibility is quite good, unless you decide to overpack the somewhat small trunk.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.4 in
  • Front Head Room 40.2 in
  • Rear Leg Room 34.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.0 in

Interior Colors and Materials

The Mini Clubman is a premium hatchback, so it's not surprising that the choice of materials is top-notch. Leatherette upholstery comes standard, with available colors including Carbon Black on the Classic sub-trim, while the Signature opens up the palette a bit. It also gets access to cloth/leather upholstery, in either Cord/Carbon Black or Black Pearl. The Signature Upholstery Package gives the mid-tier trim the same standard leather as the top-tier Iconic. This material is offered in Carbon Black, while the Chesterfield leather option adds Indigo Blue and Satellite Grey. Mini Yours Lounge Leather is available, too, at a $500 surcharge, although it is only offered in Carbon Black. On any model outfitted with the Upholstery Package, interior trim options include Piano Black or a choice of illuminated trims, including Mini Yours Piano Black or Fiber Alloy.

Cooper Clubman Trunk and Cargo Space

Minis are not known for their practicality, but the Clubman makes a pretty valiant effort to change this reputation. With the rear seats in place, the trunk supplies a modest 17.5 cubic feet, accessed via the split rear doors. While still not astounding, this is enough space for most daily needs, such as grocery shopping, but you'll struggle to fit even carry-on luggage for four passengers. If it's just you and your partner, you can fold down the rear seats in a 60/40 split to expand the trunk to 47.9 cubic feet. This is enough room for a few larger suitcases. Still, more traditional hatchbacks like the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra GT have the Mini beat in both configurations, with 25.7 cubic feet and 24.9 cubic feet, respectively.

Small-item storage is pretty generous for such a diminutive vehicle. Each of the four doors supplies a spacious door pocket, and there are cupholders supplied in each row of seats. There is also a standard glove compartment. But, unlike the smaller Cooper Hardtop, the Clubman gets a center console with a pretty spacious storage bin.

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Cooper Clubman Infotainment and Features

Features

In its most basic guise, the Mini Clubman is quite sparingly equipped. But, as a vehicle designed to be fun to drive, it's still quite pleasant to be inside. Leatherette upholstery comes standard, along with manual air conditioning. Both of these can be upgraded to genuine leather and automatic dual-zone climate control, respectively. Similarly, six-way manual front seats come standard on the Cooper, while the Cooper S gets eight-way sports seats. Other basic features include remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. By upgrading the sub-trims, you can also equip your Clubman with a panoramic sunroof, forward collision avoidance, and proximity keyless entry. The available packages also offer adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, parallel parking assist, and a head-up display.

Infotainment

While the infotainment suite may not be all that comprehensive, its lack of convolution certainly makes it easy to use. The Classic sub-trims get a 6.5-inch display that offers access to AM/FM Radio and Bluetooth functionality, although there is an auxiliary audio jack to connect an MP3 player. Only one USB port comes standard. The Signature sub-trim upgrades the display to a touchscreen, but if you want smartphone integration, you have to go all the way to the top. The Iconic sub-trim upgrades the interface to an 8.8-inch model and replaces the standard six-speaker sound system with a 12-speaker Harman Kardon set-up. At this point, you can option on the Touchscreen Navigation Package to add Apple CarPlay and built-in navigation.

Cooper Clubman Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power provides no consumer-verified dependability rating for the Mini Cooper Clubman. But, with so few recalls issued over the last couple of years, the hatchback seems to get the job done quite well. The 2019 model has been recalled for the crankshaft sensor having the wrong firmware, while 2018 saw the car recalled for lacking structure points on the trailer hitch mounting. Mini offers a 50,000-miles/48-month bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranty, with complimentary maintenance available for the first 36,000 miles/36 months.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

Cooper Clubman Safety

Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS offers safety ratings for the Cooper Clubman. However, the IIHS has rated the Mini Cooper Hardtop, giving it an overall score of Good and the 2018 Top Safety Pick award. While these safety ratings can't be directly transferred to the larger Clubman, they do give some idea of the vehicle's capabilities.

Key Safety Features

The Clubman doesn't come outfitted with an extensive array of driver-assistance features, it does get most of the basics. These include ABS, stability and traction control, and eight airbags: dual front, front knee, front side, and side curtain. Other standard features include a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Further available features include forward collision avoidance, front parking sensors, auto high-beam assist, and parallel park assist. Adaptive cruise control and a head-up display can also be added via the Driver Assistance Package.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2019 Mini Cooper Clubman a good car?

For those with an affinity for the Mini brand, the Cooper Clubman is certainly appealing. It gets the same unique Mini styling, but that is as much a pro as it is a con, in some people's minds. But beyond that, the Clubman offers something Mini never has in the past - practicality. It's far more spacious than a standard Mini Cooper, and it even has a usable trunk, if you can believe that. But this also means that it's quite a bit bigger and heavier than the Mini Hardtop.

While it may sacrifice some of its fun factor to be more sensible, the Clubman isn't all work and no play. With a choice of two engines and extremely engaging driving dynamics, the wagon can still deliver some thrills. However, it will never be as practical as it's more value-for-money rivals like the Honda Civic or Hyundai Elantra GT. But who buys a Mini for practicality?

For what it markets itself as, the Mini Cooper Clubman is a good car. But, it's not a well-rounded purchase. If you want the perfect combination of form, function, and fun, you may need to keep looking.

🚘What's the Price of the 2019 Mini Cooper Clubman?

The Mini Cooper Clubman is available in four trim levels, the cheapest of which starts at a pretty premium price of $24,900. The ALL4 model of the base Cooper adds $2,000 to the bill, while each of the Cooper models can be had with a six-speed automatic transmission for an additional $1,500. The Cooper S models cost between $28,900 and $30,900, each with an available $1,750 eight-speed automatic. Within each trim are three sub-trims. The base prices above are for the Classic, while the Signature sub-trim adds between $3,500 to $4,000, and the Iconic maxes out the price with an additional $5,000 to $6,000. These prices exclude tax, registration, licensing, incentives, and Mini's destination charge of $850.

2019 Mini Cooper Clubman Models

Four models comprise the Mini Cooper Clubman range: the Cooper and Cooper ALL4, as well as the Cooper S and Cooper S ALL4. The standard Cooper models are powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, developing 134 hp and 162 lb-ft for the front or all four wheels, depending on trim. This powertrain comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, although a six-speed automatic transmission is available. The Cooper S trims get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, developing 189 hp and 207 lb-ft. It gets the same six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but the optional automatic transmission has eight gears.

Apart from the differing engines and drivetrains, all four models are generally identical in their base Classic sub-trim. However, the Cooper gets 16-inch alloy wheels, where the Cooper S gets 17-inch wheels. The Cooper S also adds sportier exterior accents and sports front seats. It is the available sub-trims that really determine how much you get on your Mini Cooper Clubman.

The Classic gets automatic headlights, fog lights, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Inside, it comes upholstered in leatherette with six-way manual front seats, dual-zone climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The infotainment comprises a 6.5-inch touchscreen interface with AM/FM Radio and Bluetooth functionality, and the standard sound system is a six-speaker set-up.

In the middle is the Signature sub-trim, which adds proximity keyless entry, automatic dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof.

Above this is the Iconic sub-trim, which upgrades to genuine leather upholstery that comes paired with Chrome or Piano Black accents. It also gets the larger 8.8-inch touchscreen interface that comes with navigation and Apple CarPlay, as well as SiriusXM.

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Additional Packages

You only get the basics when you purchase a Cooper Clubman, but like many BMW-brand vehicles, there are a number of packages available to customize your purchase. One of the more popular options for the tech-savvy will be the Touchscreen Navigation Package for the Signature, which adds a larger 8.8-inch touchscreen interface, built-in navigation, and Apple CarPlay. The standard safety features on the upper sub-trims can be supplemented with the Driver Assistance Package, adding front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a parking assistant, and a head-up display. The mid-tier Signature sub-trim can be upgraded to match the interior of the Iconic via the Signature Upholstery Package, swapping out the standard upholstery for genuine leather.

🚗What Mini Cooper Clubman Model Should I Buy?

Generally, you don't buy a Mini because it is affordable or practical, so settling for the less impressive Cooper models doesn't make much sense. Instead, look to the four-cylinder-powered Cooper S, with significantly improved performance and more standard tech and comfort features. However, there is no real reason to option on the available ALL4 drivetrain if you don't actually need it. Now that we've settled on the main trim, it's time to look at sub-trims. The Iconic is certainly the most expensive, but it's also the best-appointed. If money isn't too much of a concern, and it probably isn't if you're looking at the Mini Clubman, then you may as well get everything the model has to offer. The available Driver Assistance Package will definitely appeal to those who want an extra degree of safety, too.

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2019 Mini Cooper Clubman Comparisons

Mini Cooper Countryman Mini
Mini Cooper Hardtop Mini
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Mini Cooper Clubman189 hp26/34 mpg$30,900
Mini Cooper Countryman 134 hp26/33 mpg$28,400
Mini Cooper Hardtop 134 hp28/36 mpg$23,400

2019 Mini Cooper Clubman vs Mini Cooper Countryman

The Mini Cooper Countryman takes the philosophy of the more practical Clubman and stretches it nearly to the breaking point. Even larger than the wagon-style mini, the Countryman offers more passenger space but, oddly enough, slightly less cargo room with the rear seats down. Both Minis share the same powertrain options, but the slightly heavier Countryman gets a little less performance out of them. Still, the Cooper Countryman is the more striking vehicle, with a more unique style rather than looking like a stretched out Cooper Hardtop. Both Minis are similarly priced, and each gets the choice of the same three sub-trims, with their respective feature offerings. So while it may come down to personal taste, we feel that the Countryman is the more appealing large Mini - but it's by no means a practical subcompact hatchback.

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2019 Mini Cooper Clubman vs Mini Cooper Hardtop

The foundation on which all other Minis are built, the Hardtop is also the purest of the range. If you've ever owned a Mini before, the Hardtop will feel like an old friend. And a rather intimate one if you're a bit on the taller side. With true Mini dimensions, the Hardtop doesn't have room to spare for rear passengers or cargo, but it makes up for this by being the most fun to drive. It gets the same engine options as the Clubman, but its smaller size and weight mean that it is far quicker and nimble on the road. If you want to at least make a run at being practical, then the Hardtop does offer a four-door model that offers slightly more rear passenger and cargo space, but it still can't show its face around the family-centric subcompacts like the Honda Civic. Naturally, the tiny Cooper Hardtop is quite a bit cheaper than its larger siblings, but that doesn't make it the more sensible choice. No Mini is truly sensible, though, and the Hardtop is all about senseless fun.

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