2008 Mini Cooper Clubman

At a Glance

Pricing $19,950 - $24,700
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.6l I4
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 23-28 (city), 32-37 (highway)

Despite the charm of the Mini Cooper, some consider it just too small to be practical. For these skeptics, Mini offers the Clubman, available in Cooper and Cooper S trim levels. The small access door allows better interior access while the extended wheelbase and length (an extra 9.45") ensures better comfort for rear seat passengers. The Clubman Cooper is powered by a 120-bhp 1.6L inline-4; the Cooper S gets a turbo good for 175-bhp. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or automatic that routes power to the front wheels. Options are grouped into several packages. The Premium package includes a wood or leather-rimmed steering wheel, sunroof, and A/C. The Sport package includes items such as 17-inch wheels, sport seats, racing stripes, xenon headlights, and fog lamps. The Mini Cooper Clubman occupies a unique niche as a premium subcompact. While most buyers prefer a larger car at the $20K+ price point, the Mini has a loyal owner base that ensures its continuing popularity.

What Changed:

The Mini line is expanding to include the new Cooper Clubman model. The 4-passenger Clubman adds about 3 inches in wheelbase and 11 inches in overall length to the Cooper. The change adds about 3 inches of much needed legroom to rear seat passengers and about 40% more cargo volume with the rear seats in use. A curbside access door and dual hinged cargo doors ease access to the newfound space. The Clubman retains the same powertrain options and fuel efficiency of the Cooper.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
Cooper Clubman 1.6l I4 (114-bhp) M6 FWD $19,950
Cooper Clubman 1.6l I4 (114-bhp) A6 FWD $21,200
Cooper Clubman S 1.6l I4 (177-bhp) M6 FWD $23,450
Cooper Clubman S 1.6l I4 (177-bhp) A6 FWD $24,700