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2014 MINI Cooper Clubman

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2014 MINI Cooper Clubman Review

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When the Mini Cooper relaunched the diminutive British brand – by way of not-so-diminutive German parent BMW – in America in 2002, it also injected new life into small cars. The original Mini Cooper Hardtop offered what other economy cars didn't: high style, endless customization and a premium feel. More than anything, it was exceptionally fun to drive. As the years zipped by, various other iterations of the Mini have arrived, all based on the Hardtop. Now, the 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop enters its next generation and leads the way for other Mini variants with an all-new platform, more efficient engine choices and a trove of technology. A convertible version and the roomier Clubman are also available, but their revamps will come later.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a car that feels like a go-kart, you'll love the Mini. Aside from their smile-inducing driving manners, Minis are fuel-efficient, a snap to park and highly customizable. The Cooper Convertible adds atmosphere (literally) to the mix, while the Clubman adds space that actually makes the two rear seats livable.

You May Not Like This Car If...

It should not startle you to learn that, Clubman withstanding, these cars have tight rear seats and limited cargo capacity. They are, after all, mini. And with their premium nature comes premium pricing above rivals like the Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500, Chevrolet Sonic, Mazda2, Honda Fit and Hyundai Veloster.

How It Ranks

#3

out of 11

Fuel Economy

#10

out of 11

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Consumer Rating

8.6 out of 10
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2014 MINI Cooper Clubman Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop is all-new, featuring fresh design, turbocharged 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder engine choices, and improved technology and safety features that include automatic braking. For now, the Cooper Convertible and Clubman carry over from the previous year. The slow-selling Clubvan cargo vehicle is no longer offered in the U.S.

Driving the Cooper Clubman
2014 MINI Cooper Clubman Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions We've yet to drive a Mini that did not make us grin. An automotive David to the surrounding Goliaths, Minis don't necessarily have tire-shredding power, but oh can they carve...

a corner. They are attracted to twisty roads like metal to a magnet. This is all the more notable since Minis are front-wheel drive. Thankfully, highway ride is not compromised. Despite their small proportions, Minis tend to be immune from the nervousness that can plague other subcompacts at freeway speeds. Even the Convertible deserves kudos for feeling remarkably planted. The new base engine in the Cooper Hardtop loses a cylinder but gains more power than its outgoing 4-cylinder, so we expect it to be a spunky partner. The larger and higher-power 4-cylinder in the 2014 Cooper S also cranks up the power, now to levels comparable to that of the previous top-line JCW (John Cooper Works) performance model.
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FUEL ECONOMY/FUN FACTOR
The Mini is proof that you don't need a big, gas-guzzling engine to have massive amounts of driving satisfaction. The Mini may not win street races, but with fuel economy reaching into the mid-30s, you'll experience a different type of joy when you pass your competition at the filling pump.

FUN DETAILS
Whether labeled eccentric, ironic or tongue-in-cheek, Minis take pride in being different. Case in point: Do you know of any other convertibles with an "Openometer" to measure how often you have the roof down?

2014 MINI Cooper Clubman Details
2014 MINI Cooper Clubman Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The Mini's interior blends retro style and unique details, not the least of which is a gargantuan speedometer that can probably be seen from space. The 2014 Clubman and Convertible's dash will look familiar if you've been in a Mini, including the center row of shiny switches. They look and feel great, but can be awkward to use. The all-new Hardtop boasts a slick head-up display that relays info such as directions and speed limits. The Mini Cooper Hardtop, Convertible and Clubman have seating for four. The front seats are roomy, but the Clubman is your best bet if you plan to put adults in the rear.

Exterior
2014 MINI Cooper Clubman photo

Mini says its cars have a "bulldog" stance. You won't find fur or a tail, but rather a low, squat stance that helps these diminutive British cars cling to the road. Mini Hardtops have long stood out for their available contrasting-color roofs, and owners can distinguish their car with myriad personalization options. Mini Cooper Convertibles use black fabric tops that when up create large interior blind spots. The convertible roof is automatic and has a nifty feature that enables it to be partially open. The Cooper Clubman is several inches longer than the Hardtop, and instead of an upward-rising rear hatch has a pair of swing-out doors.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The all-new 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop comes with the first 3-cylinder engine used in a Mini, while 2014 Cooper S Hardtop models have a new, more powerful 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. The Convertible and Clubman continue to use the same 4-cylinder engines (see Under the Hood, below). Those carryover models continue to come with Leatherette or cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity with USB/iPod connector, air-conditioned glove box and 6-speaker AM/FM/CD player. Convertible and Clubman models ride on 16-inch wheels, and both feature a Sport mode for peppier performance. Minis also come with three years/36,000 miles of no-cost maintenance.

Optional Equipment

Start to configure a Mini, and you'll be informed there are more than 10 million ways of doing so. Suffice to say, Minis are highly customizable cars, from the color of their racing stripes and mirror caps to an optional leather interior. In addition to many a la carte add-ons, Mini bundles popular options into packages. Among them are a Technology Package with a high-def screen, integrated apps that work with Apple's iPhone, navigation and a harman/kardon audio system, and a Cold Weather package with heated seats and mirrors.

Under the Hood
2014 MINI Cooper Clubman Engine photo

Mini is miniaturizing its base engine in the new Cooper Hardtop, moving from a naturally aspirated (non-turbo) 4-cylinder to a turbocharged 3-cylinder. As previously noted, the smaller engine is actually more powerful than the larger one it replaces and is expected to be even more efficient. Optional is a larger and more powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder. Since the 2014 Convertible and Clubman are not (yet) being revamped like the Hardtop, they continue to use their existing engines. In those, even the base powerplant is adequate for a fun romp, while the top-line, 208-horsepower JCW version is feisty to the max. In the middle and extremely satisfying are the S models with engines tuned to make 181 horsepower. Minis are fuel efficient, but they do require premium-grade gasoline.

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop
1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3
134 horsepower @ NA rpm
162 lb-ft of torque @ NA rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA

2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
189 horsepower @ NA rpm
207 lb-ft of torque @ NA rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA

2014 Mini Cooper Convertible and Clubman
1.6-liter inline-4
121 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
114 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/35 mpg (manual), 27/35 mpg (automatic)

2013 Mini Cooper S Convertible and Clubman
1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
181 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/35 mpg

2013 Mini John Cooper Works Convertible and Clubman
1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
208 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
192 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/35 mpg

Pricing Notes

Prices range widely among Mini Cooper models due to their varying trims and body styles. On the low end, the 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $22,195, while the Cooper Convertible starts at $25,945. S models of the Clubman and Convertible start at $25,895 and $28,945, respectively, and the top-dog JCW versions go for $33,095 and $36,095. At these prices, 2014 Mini Coopers are higher than mainstream competitors such as the Fiat 500, Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Veloster, Honda Fit and Mazda2. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. You'll pay a premium upfront for a new Mini, but better news awaits regarding their resale value, which has traditionally been very good.

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2014 MINI Cooper Clubman Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 44 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

I love my MINI!

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quick, classy, fun. double sky roof, harmon-kardon"

Cons: "Bluetooth and phone buttons but no actual BT."

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

"I've always wanted one, so I got one. I'm not looking back at the '91 Taurus I had before. My 2010 MINI was worth the payments I got. AND, Mini cut me a deal with 1.9% interest only and monthly payments of $284.98 a month for 5 years.. WORTH IT!!"

Most unreliable car I've ever owned.

By on Friday, April 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun, Fast, Fuel Efficient, Stylish, Cargo Space"

Cons: "Very poor drivetrain reliability, lots of rattles"

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

"MINIs have well-known bad repair records everywhere, but I took the risk anyway when I bought it in 2010 because I loved driving it so much. The four-year warranty ran out a few months ago and I'm now looking at a truly gigantic bill to fix many problems that have come up, not to mention the multitude of times I've already brought it in before during the warranty period, for tons of issues. The problems I'm having are apparently very common for these cars. I love the car itself, but they simply aren't made well. It's developed tons of rattles, clacks, and weird sounds from the very beginning, as well (also a very common problem people tend to have with them). I'm sure there are some people who don't have problems with 'em, but please take a hard look at the general reliability records of these things before you buy one, and don't make the decision I did if you like a car that's largely dependable and well-made. It drives great (aside from the really bad torque steer and bump steer -- not good), but it all ends there. It's a big risk to buy one if you want something that's remotely reliable."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Most practical Sports Car out there...

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Stylish, Amazing handling, Tons of room for size,"

Cons: "Premium gas, Sticking Moonroof."

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

"I'm surprised by some of the other reviews, I've loved this car since I bought it. The Mini Cooper Clubman is by far the most practical and affordable sports car out there. I have the S version and it screams when I hit the gas in sport mode; It's like a go cart on crack. It's performance is on par with cars that cost 10k+ more. The interior volume is really surprising when inside. 2 full sized adults can actually sit in the back seat comfortably and when the seats are folded down the amount of storage is exceptional. The exterior is very stylish, and the huge moon roof almost makes it feel like a convertible. I've only been out out of warranty for about 9 months and haven't had any type of problem. While in warranty every minor issues was taken care of quickly and for free. I'm kind of cheap so the premium gas is a bit of a turn off, but any sport car recommends that. When not in sport mode I easily get about 33 mpg in the city (manual), and close to 40 on the highway. Those numbers are awesome for how fun of a car it is to drive. The only negative I can find might be the need for a better place to put change and that the moon roof sticks (closed) when it's been sitting in the sun for a long time (Though I'm in hot SC not England)."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

always broke

By on Saturday, March 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "loves to go to the service department"

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

"This car could never go over 12 months without some kind of repair. Costs for repair are very expensive (replaced thermostat housing cost over $450) I have never gotten the promised gas mileage that the salesman said I would get and even the service tech didn't know what options this car had and admitted it had a problem that he couldn't fix. The one good thing about this car it is fun to drive."

It's Cool, Hardly Practical

By on Sunday, November 17, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Kick in the pants to drive, great MPG, stylish"

Cons: "maintenance, highway noise, resale value"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"The car is great if you need to zip around town or commute. The "S" model has plenty of power and are actually safe especially for the size. We average about 31 mpg and it is recommended that one uses high octane gas. There is plenty of cargo space with the seats folded down. On the other hand there is quite a bit of highway noise when on the open road even after better tires were put on it. Watch out for getting maintenance done at the dealership. $600 brake jobs and $300+ battery installations had me doing it myself. Bottom line: if you want to look cool, drive fast and have the cash to keep up with the maintenance... this car is great."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I love it

By on Sunday, September 01, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,900

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good on Gas, Fast, Roomy, Unique, Price, Cute"

Cons: "89 grade for gas, Pricey to fix, rolls back n auto"

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

My Mini Me...

"I saw this car about 8 months ago, had never saw it before or maybe I just wasn't paying attention before then. Once I saw it, I started doing some research on it to find out all I could about the Mini Cooper Clubman. What I found out about them is that they are pretty cheap considering that its owned by BMW. I currently own a Scion XB and did not trade it in when I purchased the MINI in June 2013. So far I can admit that I love the way it drives, very fast, the car can hit corners like no other car I have driven. I love those Barn doors in the back and my 2 stripes on the front of the hood. It is very good on gas also, the tank size is much bigger than my Scion XB but gas last longer in the MINI (this could be due to the fact that I have to put in 89 grade of gas instead of 87). On the first fill up on my car I was about to put in 87 and someone stopped me and said that Mini Coopers require 89, good to know or else I would have messed up the engine probably. Im still getting used to the auto/manual, especially the manual side of driving the stick. I do like that there is no clutch, so all I have to do is go from M1-M6 and vice versa. The only thing I hate is when I have to wash the car, it has so many nooks and crannies & for it to be such a small car, I spend way too much time drying it. I would recommend this car to anyone who likes small cars (it looks small but its not) that get up and go and like I said earlier the price is very reasonable."

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

My Mini Me...

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