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2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Review: Fun, Iconic, and Dubious or One-Of-A-Kind Family Station Wagon

Mini has been tapping into many different markets for a while now to stay relevant and to expand its appeal beyond being just a British automaker of fun and chic compact cars. The Mini Cooper Hardtop is perhaps the closest thing one can buy to a traditional Mini these days as the brand branches out into the ever-popular SUV and crossover segments in particular, with the Countryman SUV and the 2021 Mini Cooper Clubman 4-door station wagon. This unique offering presents Mini fans with the same fun driving dynamics and iconic design associated with the brand but adds a commodious interior and more practical cargo-carrying capabilities. With that said, the 2021 Clubman remains a pricey option in the family-car realm and, of course, isn't quite as practical as most non-Mini SUVs, crossovers, and wagons.

Powering the Clubman wagon is a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine that musters up to 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. This year, Mini aims to please by returning the 6-speed manual gearbox option to the Clubman line, something driving enthusiasts and many journos are sure to respect emphatically.

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2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Mini Cooper Clubman?

The second-generation Mini Clubman was updated in 2020, and these updates will be carried through to 2021. For 2021, Mini is adding one minor update and one major update. The Signature Trim will now include the 6.5-inch touchscreen as standard, including the Digital Instrument Cluster, Mini Navigation, Apple CarPlay, Remote Services, and Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information.

The major update is the return of the manual gearbox on certain models. A Getrag 6-speed manual will be available on the Cooper S Clubman with front-wheel drive. It comes as standard on the Cooper S Clubman Classic Trim and is optional on Signature Trim and Iconic Trim.

The Cooper S Clubman's price has also been dropped by $1,000.

Pros and Cons

  • Sporty and iconic Mini aesthetic outside and in
  • Plenty of pep and impressive handling dynamics
  • Commodious cabin and practical trunk space
  • Plenty of standard and optional features
  • Once again available with a manual gearbox
  • Relatively expensive compared to core rivals
  • Not as fun or poised as the classic Mini hardtop
  • Other wagons are still considerably more practical

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2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Cooper S
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Front-Wheel Drive
$29,900
Cooper S ALL4
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$32,900

Cooper Clubman Exterior

2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Front Angle View Mini
2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Rear Angle View Mini
2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Rear View Driving Mini
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Dimensions

  • Length 168.3 in
  • Wheelbase 105.1 in
  • Height 56.7 in
  • Max Width 70.9 in
  • Front Width 61.6 in
  • Rear Width 61.5 in
  • Curb Weight 3,235.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Chili Red
  • Starlight Blue Metallic
  • Pepper White
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • MINI Yours Enigmatic Black Metallic
  • Thunder Grey Metallic
  • Moonwalk Grey Metallic
  • Moonwalk Gray Metallic
  • British Racing Green IV Metallic
  • White Silver Metallic
  • Coral Red Metallic

Cooper Clubman Performance

2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Front Angle View 1 Mini
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Engine and Transmission

Performance from the Clubman wagon's 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gas engine is admirable and well-balanced as its 189 hp and 207 lb-ft have it feeling pleasantly sprightly around town while keeping it reasonably economical on fuel, too. On front-wheel-drive variants, the now standard 6-speed manual gearbox enhances the driving experience by adding more engagement while the optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission prioritises efficiency. All of the ALL4 all-wheel-drive variants are equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, 7-Speed Automatic, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Cooper Clubman Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/32 mpg
* 2021 Mini Clubman Cooper S

Cooper Clubman Interior

2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Central Console Mini
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Seating and Interior Space

  • 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

Cooper Clubman Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Dashboard Mini
2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Rear Passenger Seats Mini
2021 Mini Cooper Clubman Trunk Space Mini

Cooper Clubman Safety and Reliability

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

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Mini Cooper Clubman a good wagon?

Mini was successful in its aim to combine the enjoyable and apt drive dynamics synonymous with its name with family-centric, everyday practicality and reliability. However, with its $29,900 starting price, the 2021 Mini Cooper Clubman station wagon is a difficult vehicle to recommend when there are so many far more livable and practical family vehicles on the US market. Only genuine Mini devotees will really be willing to drop that much money on this car for its admired driving dynamics and iconic retro design. It is equipped with a first-rate powertrain that delivers ample power while remaining respectably efficient, and it does boast a genuinely premium interior outfitted with a good selection of advanced and luxurious features.

However, with its overly firm ride quality, subpar practicality for the class, lack of Android Auto, and absence of an official crashworthiness and safety rating, the 2021 Mini Cooper Clubman, in review, still needs a lot to be considered a good family car or station wagon.

🚗What Mini Cooper Clubman Model Should I Buy?

This will certainly come down to just what you want to get out of the 2021 Mini Cooper Clubman, considering that you won't really be able optimise value for money with this brand. If you're looking to max out the Mini's fun factor, then the FWD model with the default manual gearbox is definitely the one to go for. If you want to optimise efficiency, simply swap in the dual-clutch auto. Of course, if you live in a rainy/snowy state, then you'll probably want to go for the ALL4, which is the most expensive and least efficient. In terms of technology and features, we think the mid-spec Signature model offers everything one could expect from a premium vehicle. This includes the 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay integration, a Harman Kardon sound system (in ALL4 only), dual-zone automatic climate control, and an expanded selection of packages and add-ons.

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