Review

The Mini Cooper S Clubman Is Proof You Don't Need A Crossover

Suburban life doesn't have to be boring.

You see them everywhere and before you knew it you also found yourself strolling through a dealership lot in search of the perfect one. Crossovers have come to dominate the automotive industry over the past few years and the trend is not so much a trend anymore; it’s the norm. In our latest review, we spent some time behind the wheel of the 2016 Mini Cooper S Clubman, one of the best crossover alternatives you can buy, assuming you’ve got the money for one.

Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 hp and 217 lb-ft of torque and linked up to an eight-speed auto slush box, we found the new Clubman to be a fun-to-drive and, perhaps a bit more surprisingly, comfortable thanks to its plush leather seats.

Think of the Clubman as a family sport wagon of sorts with a cool pair of barn doors. The first generation Clubman, as you may recall, had a cool suicide door setup, but that’s been replaced by more conventional rear doors. Perhaps it was for the best because this new Clubman is your gateway to a crossover-free life without having to sacrifice interior space.

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