At first glance there's not much to separate the Clubman from the Cooper hatchback aside from the added size, but closer inspection reveals a slightly different front end, side details, and a more vertical rear. A good bit of added cargo space found its way into the equation, too. Primary Use: Commuting to work It's A Great Car If One Wants Something Small, Very Sporty, Comfortable And Economical — Really nothing. When it does the music player takes forever to load onto the on-board computer. The high-performance John Cooper Works trim gains an extra accent color, Chili Red, for the mirrors and roof.
Our editors strongly prefers the manual transmission to the automatic, the better to wring out every last ounce of performance from the punchy but small engines. These cars are well built, handle like a dream and are as quick as you want them to be. As is the case with the Cooper, be well advised when laying out your Clubman's features. Three trims are available, and as you go up the model line, the amount of horsepower increases. Phone and audio systems are good, but don't reach for technical nirvana. Currently, Mini Connected only works with an iPhone.
Cargo capacity goes from 5. Xenon headlights with a unique design and washer system now sit proudly over the wheel arches. The Bad The cabin suffers from some very poor ergonomic design, and a supposedly innovative center rail limits it to four passengers. With that transmission, the Cooper S Countryman is rated at 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Besides that the customer service in all areas was magnificent. The John Cooper Works Clubman has the same turbo engine with different computer controls that give a bit more power. With the 2011 Clubman, you also get good fuel economy ratings and nimble handling, just like the base Cooper.
On the inside, the seats could be softer, but they are adequately contoured and bolstered for the everyday drive and visibility is good from all angles. Comparisons made of the Mini Cooper and go karts have become cliché, but not all that far from accurate. Suicide Entry Rear Door Size is, of course, what Minis are all about. The Countryman's Bluetooth phone system, another option, offers useful features, such as making a paired phone's contact list available on the radio display. Although you can see only two items at a time from a list, scrolling through a list is quick. This car belonged to my spouse, who recently passed away after a lengthy illness hence the vey low mileage. Primary Use: Commuting to work This Mini Cooper S Is Fun, Fast, Economical And Has Tons Of Class! Dubbed Rally, Classic, and Scene, each is a family of suggestions for body and roof colors, wheel designs, and interior elements hand-selected by designers as a stylish jumping-off point for tweaking your Mini.
Work was covered under a warranty. Despite the added power, Mini has managed a slight increase in across the board, with the standard model now registering 37 miles per gallon. As a Cooper S Countryman, this car came with a turbocharged, direct-injection 1. Our opinions and criticism remain our own — we do not accept sponsored editorial. Both engine choices displace 1.
This car is easy to find parking, fun to drive, and gets good gas mileage. It makes it lightweight so the power it comes with makes it a pretty quick car. The silly heater thumbwheels have been replaced by rocker switches. While there's nothing at all wrong with the new Spice Orange hue for 2011 or the Classic Green Lounge Leather Mutant Ninja Turtle Green, as we took to calling it interior. Electronic power steering has allowed the crafty German engineers to add anti torque- and anti bump-steer to the Cooper's repertoire, and the modifications were obvious when compared to last year's model. Although the Cooper Clubman has more passenger room than the Hardtop, its interior accommodations may still be too small for some buyers.
Updates to the Mini Cooper have been coming steadily every year since day one. The British have nothing to b. 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. The Clubman S adds several sportier cues to the exterior, including new brake ducts up front and different wheels. The Mini lineup will enter the 2011 model year with an array of visual and equipment upgrades for the Cooper, Cooper convertible, and Clubman. They are distinct, customizable, performance oriented, and practical — which makes them hard to beat for the price. The electric Mini E's hood has been cribbed and installed on base Coopers, while the turbocharged S models still have their hood scoops and gain functional brake cooling ducts.
In a car that looks like a carnival ride, practical considerations such as luggage space and accessibility are not the point. Minor changes filter inside, beginning with the standard dinner-plate sized speedo gauge mounted front and center. The increased maximum air flow and minimized throttling loss boost power from 172- to 181-horsepower while also improving highway efficiency by two mpg. It took close to two weeks to get a replacement radio from Germany. The real high point in the cabin is the available Mini Connected app integration, but that feature is limited to iPhones. Great Little Driver — Definitely a driver's car.