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2011 MINI Clubman

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2011 MINI Clubman Review

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While it's true that an increasingly number of car owners are downsizing, there are times when smaller can be too small. The Mini Cooper is one example, offering buyers cute styling, fun driving dynamics and desired efficiency, but very little room. That's where the Mini Cooper Clubman comes into play, with more than nine inches of extra length, which brings with it much-needed rear leg room. A good bit of added cargo space found its way into the equation, too. If you want a Mini Cooper with greater dimensions, and you're not interested in the larger four-door Countryman, the 2011 Clubman is waiting for a test drive. Shoppers can choose between base and turbocharged S models.

You'll Like This Car If...

Perhaps you're partial to the Mini Cooper's styling and its promise of precise handling, yet the lack of interior room is a deal-breaker. For buyers like you, Mini offers the more spacious 2011 Cooper Clubman.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Impressive handling often comes with some sacrifice and, in the case of the 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman, it's a soft and comfortable ride that fails to make the cut. If you travel extensively on roads in disrepair, you might not appreciate the harsh ride.

What's Significant About This Car?

Like its stablemates, the 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman offers subtle exterior styling changes, slight bumps in power from its two available engines and the addition of HD and satellite radio to the list of standard features. The Clubman also gets a new special-edition Hampton Package.

Driving the Clubman

Driving Impressions Comparisons made of the Mini Cooper and go karts have become cliché, but not all that far from accurate. The Mini Cooper and Cooper Clubman boast precision steering, smooth and...

capable brakes and a very minimum of body roll in the corners. The ride is stiff, especially when equipped with the Sport Package, yet that's the price one pays to enjoy such a capable grin-inducer. To get the most out of the 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman experience, select the S model for the lineup's best possible performance, courtesy of a strong turbocharged engine with only a negligible amount of lag and exceptional response.

Sport Button
No matter how the Clubman is equipped, its driver is guaranteed plenty of enjoyment. But for those who want to dial things up, a tap of the Sport button delivers improved steering and throttle response and the available automatic transmission maintains peak RPM longer by delaying upshifts.

Club Door
Access doors, or Club Doors in Mini lingo, have long been used in trucks and even some cars. The purpose is simple: To facilitate entry to and exit from the rear seat. Anyone relegated to the Clubman's second row will appreciate MINI's decision to include this feature.

2011 MINI Clubman Details
Interior

Added rear-seat legroom and cargo space are direct results of the Clubman's relatively long length. Unlike the regular Cooper, the 2011 Mini Clubman provides moderately sufficient, if not plentiful, accommodations for up to four adults. Better yet, the rear seat can be folded down to offer up to 32.8 cubic feet or expanded trunk space. Along with added dimensions come quality interior bits and a unique design, including a tachometer behind the steering wheel, center-mounted power window switches and a huge speedometer mounted on the center of the dash.

Exterior

When viewed from the front, the 2011 Clubman looks like every other Mini Cooper, which means you won't mistake one of these compact cars for anything else on the road. To recognize the primary difference between the Cooper and Cooper Clubman, you'll need to take in the side view, where the latter's extra length is obvious and, if you're on the passenger side, the rear access door is visible. Fitted to the Clubman's tail end are split "barn" doors that pay homage to the original Mini Traveler that first roamed the roads roughly 50 years ago.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Mini equips the base 2011 Cooper Clubman with the usual array of creature comforts, including power windows and door locks, leatherette upholstery, a push-button ignition, a rear wiper and a sound system that incorporates steering wheel-mounted controls, HD audio, Sirius Satellite Radio and an auxiliary input jack. Safety features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, corner brake control, electronic brake force distribution and dual front-side and side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

This year marks the debut of the 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman's available Hampton Package, made distinct by its choice of paint colors, sport seats, special badges, HID headlights, extra chrome trim and Damson Red interior and exterior accents. Buyers can also choose from a Premium Package that features a dual-pane sunroof and harman/kardon sound system, and stand-alone options that include Bluetooth connectivity, heated front seats, dynamic traction control and several wheel designs.

Under the Hood

Every 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman is fitted with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, though they're not all created equal. In the base model, output is 121 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The Clubman S has a turbocharged version of this engine, with 181 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque that's available from 1600 to 5000 rpm.

1.6-liter in-line 4
121 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
114 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/35 (manual), 27/36 (automatic)

1.6-liter in-line 4 turbocharged
181 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
177 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1600-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/35 (manual), 26/34 (automatic)

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2011 MINI Clubman Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 50 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Unsafe with other traffic

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: did not feel safe

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Fast as heck and quick to respond"

Cons: "very tiny and easily damaged in an accident."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"This Clubman was bought new and as soon as we got it home, the "S" insignia fell off in our driveway. The torque steer was totally unsafe and we never could feel comfortable with it. The car was 'tinny' any offered little protection in an accident. The size was really scary when among other road traffic. I bought it for my wife and traded it for a new Subaru Forester after 3 years. You had to take it to the dealer to get the battery changed out. Overall, it's a pocket hot rod and it does that very well. Resale was not good and in closing we just did not feel safe with a car that little once we got it home."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great car to drive, unreliable and expensive

By on Sunday, April 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fast, corners like it is on rails"

Cons: "Unreliable and annoyingly quirky"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"MINI trying to put themselves in the Luxury market has made this car quirky and unique, which is cool when you buy it but quickly grows old. Like my experience with BMW (their owners) they like technology for the sake of a complicated solution to a simple problem that creates a uniqueness that makes you take it to a dealer network that has high prices and little coverage. The nearest dealer for me is over 60 miles away. Two recalls and one breakdown since I bought it at 22000 miles, and there are other nagging things that don't work correctly or at all which include the GPS working half the time, the clock goes back to zero, the TPMS is hard to set properly, and the sunroof is noisy. Not covered by warranty it costs 75 dollars or more just for the dealer to diagnose these issues, I've learned to ignore them. It gets good gas mileage but it is not an economical car to drive by any means. It's ok for us as a second car to drive on back roads and country drives, (and my wife loves it) but if used it for a daily commuter I would have gotten rid of it by now."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love my Mini

By on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive - great mileage - large gas tank -"

Cons: "Sunroof is a little loud when I am driving 85"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Love my Mini~~!!

"I have wanted a mini for years... a year ago I purchased one! It drives well - get about 40+ miles on the freeway - Love driving the Old Spiral Hwy in Lewiston Id- (Google it and watch the youtube video) - Love the secret compartment!! and yes it really does have one! But I am not telling you where it is! Very comfortable - leather heated seats, lots of head room, with the barn doors in the back I can fold down the seats and I can fit a lot of stuff back there -"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Love my Mini~~!!

FUN TO DRIVE HANDLES GREAT QUICK AND ECONOMICAL

By on Saturday, August 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "FUN TO DRIVE ECONOMICAL GREAT DAILEY DRIVER"

Cons: "NO ISSUES"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"CAR HAS BEEN PROBLEM FREE. SUSPENSION IS A BIT STIFF. I WISH I HAD UPGRADED TO THE CLIMATE CONTROLED SYSTEM. OTHER THEN THAT A VERY GOOD ALL AROUND DAILEY DRIVER."

12 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Great car, with a few reservations

By on Thursday, June 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, beautiful, holds lots of cargo"

Cons: "Repairs may be costly"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"A bought my 2010 Clubman S last fall with only 32,000 miles on it and got it at a great price because the previous owner couldn't make the payments and sold it to me for his payoff balance. I have absolutely LOVED driving it around town and we even drove it on vacation (430 miles on one tank of gas!). But alas, my heart was broken few weeks ago when my clutch started slipping. The dealership wanted nearly $3000 to replace (that included the flywheel) but a got it repaired locally for less than $2500. STILL, I am dismayed that a clutch would fail with so few miles. I guess it's possible the previous owner did not drive it properly. I have driven a clutch over 40 years and have never even had to have one adjusted let alone replaced. SO, if you are going to purchase a used Mini be aware that the repairs may be more expensive than the Honda you are used to. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this is the last major repair I have to make for a while. It's just too good a car to not be highly dependable... I hope."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Least reliable car I have ever owned

By on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,500

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "value, quality, engineering, expense of repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This car while a blast to drive has been a problem from the beginning. Clutch out at 30K, timing assembly out at 50K, rattles interior and exterior are many and irritating. I have shelled out thousands for repairs including the above, and oil line leaks, thermostat replacement, heating and cooling problems, electrics, door sticks, windows stick, trim falling off, door panels popping off. Just poor quality and terrible value. Unless you enjoy spending lots on money on car repairs I would not recommend this vehicle."

17 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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