• Fun to drive
  • Useable back seat
  • Highly customizable
  • Awkward rear doors
  • Stiff ride
  • Wacky switchgear

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What's New for Cooper Clubman in 2014

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Vehicle Summary

The 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman is a slightly longer version of the standard hatchback. As a result, the Clubman has a roomier back seat and a rear-hinged half door that helps passengers get back there. It also has a somewhat larger cargo hold, accessed via dual facing doors (just like the Mini Traveler wagon of old) rather than a regular lift-up hatchback. Like other Minis, the Clubman is available in three strengths: standard Cooper, turbocharged Cooper S, and top-performing John Cooper Works.

Overview

Compared with the regular Mini hardtop, the 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman is 9.1 inches longer overall, but it's still pretty small (nearly two feet shorter than a Honda Civic sedan). The wheelbase is stretched just a bit more than three inches. The extra length helps create a habitable rear seat; its 32.3 inches of legroom beats the Mini hardtop's by more than four inches. Because you're more likely to actually try and stuff a person back there -- rather than just a briefcase or some shopping bags -- Mini made access a little easier by adding a rear-hinged half door, but only on the passenger side. Those looking for more cargo space rather than more rear-seat space will want to know that the 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman has 9.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats (from the window line down) versus 5.7 cubic feet for the hardtop. With the rear seats folded, those figures are 32.8 cubic feet for the Clubman versus 24 cubic feet for the hardtop.

What about the Mini's unique driving character, you ask. Does the longer 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman feel the same? Yes, it does. The 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman has the same low-to-the-ground chassis, the same firm -- very firm -- suspension, and the same quick steering. The Clubman's extra length adds only about 150 pounds, which isn't a whole lot but does add just that much more to the argument for passing over the 121-hp base Cooper in favor of the 181-hp Cooper S or the 208-hp John Cooper Works. The Cooper S Clubman is only a few tenths of seconds behind the hardtop in the dash to 60 mph, getting there in 6.8 seconds (manual) or 7.1 seconds (automatic). The base Clubman drags that out to 9.8 seconds (manual) or more than 10 seconds with the automatic. The pricey John Cooper Works, on the other hand, shaves less than half a second off the Cooper S time.

The Clubman shares its interior design with all Minis, and the unique design elements can become grating over time -- such as the window controls on the dash, the odd climate controls, and the giant central speedometer. A more charming quality of the Clubman -- and, again, all Minis -- is the extensive customization available, not only in exterior appearance (colors, roof color, mirrors, wheels, stripes, et cetera) but the interior as well, with various seat designs, trim materials, and contrasting color elements.

Key Competitors

  • Audi A3
  • Buick Encore
  • Honda Fit
  • Volkswagen Golf/GTI

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2014 Cooper Clubman Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag(s)

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Compact Disc Player

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
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