MINI Cooper S Clubman Review
Where size matters

Story and Photos by Alvan Sio
3 Mar 2016
 

Introduction

Essentially when I told everyone I had just picked up a MINI, everybody went “oooh so cute”.

Well this ain’t the cute one folks.

It’s not the regular Cooper or Cooper S that everyone oohs and ahs about; this is what MINI fields in the arena that is the premium compact segment.

“What..?”

Yes so that’s exactly what I asked first. To put things into perspective (because MINIs tend to look a bit different from the rest of their respective segments), the Clubman will go up against cars that are hatchbacks but not really hatchbacks. It’s the sort of category where car makers upsize one of their models (think Audi A3 Sportback) or build a chubbier hatchback and then have their style gurus work fashion magic to have it looking sexy.

Or to my mind at least, you could have a car like the Clubman and look less “uncle” instead of driving say a Mercedes B-Class or BMW Active Tourer at the expense of some cabin and boot space. But everything has a price isn't it?


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1999cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 11:1
Bore x Stroke (82 x 94.6)mm
Power 192bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 280Nm @ 1250rpm
Power to Weight 131.1 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7.1s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 228 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4253 x 1800 x 1441) mm
Wheelbase 2670 mm
Turning Circle 11.31 metres
Kerb Weight 1465 kg
Boot Capacity 360 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1250 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 48 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs