Imagine a station wagon, and the image that conjures up in your brain might be one of the wood panels from the 1970s or a shoebox-shaped Volvo from the 1980s – but probably not this chic 2024 Mini Cooper S Clubman. Despite its small size and brutal shape, the Clubman’s rear doors swing open like delivery van’s to a much larger cargo area than in the tail of the normal Cooper Hardtop. While you won’t find enough space to accommodate a washer or dryer, the Clubman’s extra practicality makes it easier to justify as a daily driver than the smaller Hardtop. A turbocharged 189hp four-cylinder makes for perky acceleration, and the Clubman inherits its great road manners from a range known for being fun to drive. If you’re looking for maximum practicality the Subaru Outback is a better choice, but if you can live with the compromise on interior space the Clubman is far more entertaining.
What’s new for 2024?
The Clubman carries over to 2024 without any significant changes, and in fact, the Untamed Edition introduced for 2023 will also continue into the new model year.
Prices and which one to buy
Unless you need the All4’s four-wheel-drive grip for rough-weather travel, we’d recommend the front-drive S Clubman, which is nicely equipped. The Cooper S Clubman rides on 17-inch wheels fitted with tread tires and boasts automatic projector beam LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers and heated power-adjustable side mirrors. The cabin is home to luxuries such as heated front seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and push-button ignition. You also get keyless access. This Mini boasts several driver assistance features as standard, such as forward collision warning and rear parking sensors.
Engine, transmission and performance
All Mini Cooper S Clubman models are motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 189 horsepower. Mini pairs this powerplant with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive. In our tests, a Cooper S Clubman with the previous generation eight-speed automatic transmission sprinted to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds; with four-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission, the car took 7.3 seconds to reach 60. The Cooper S Clubman gets high marks for its athletic handling, but it sometimes comes at the expense of ride comfort. If you’re looking for a Mini Wagon that offers serious performance, check out the Cooper Clubman John Cooper Workswhich we review separately.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The most efficient Mini Cooper S Clubman manages 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. All-wheel drive models take a small hit in fuel economy, achieving 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. During our time with an S Clubman, we observed 27 mpg. For more information on the Clubman’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
The Cooper S Clubman offers a cabin with solid build quality and eye-catching design. The screen in the center stack sits in a circular housing that mimics the car’s cheerful round headlights. The cabin looks whimsical and upbeat, and the materials are top notch. Despite the car’s small footprint, there is a decent amount of space available for passengers in both rows. With all seats in place, the Cooper S Clubman offers 13 cubic feet of cargo space. It expands to 44 with the rear seats lowered. That’s a lot less space than you’ll find with some competitors. For example, the Subaru Outback offers 33 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seat and 76 with it lowered.
Infotainment and connectivity
A six-speaker AM/FM sound system is standard, as is an auxiliary input jack and streaming audio. All models also have Bluetooth connectivity, which means you can make and receive calls without taking your hands off the wheel. The list of tech options includes integrated navigation, wireless device charging and an upgraded Harman/Kardon sound system. Apple CarPlay capability is optional for those who want to easily connect their iPhones to the interface, but Android users are out of luck.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
Mini has equipped this wagon with a few desirables driver assistance features. Unfortunately, however, blind spot monitoring is not among them. For more information on the Clubman’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
- Standard lane departure warning
- Adaptive cruise control available
Warranty and Maintenance Cover
Mini’s warranty coverage is competitive, and its three years of included scheduled maintenance is generous for this segment. Subaru does not cover any service visits.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles
2020 Mini Cooper S Clubman
front engine, front wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED
$40,600 (base price: $31,750)
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC.16 valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
122 inches31998 cm3
189 hp @ 6000 rpm
207 lb-ft @ 1350 rpm
7-speed dual clutch automatic
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 12.1-in ventilated disc/11.0-in ventilated disc
Tires: Bridgestone Turanza T005, 225/40R-18 92Y ★
Wheelbase: 105.1 inches
Length: 168.5 inches
Width: 70.9 inches
Height: 56.7 inches
Passenger volume: 90 feet3
Cargo volume: 18 feet3
Core weight: 3329 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
Deployment, 1 foot: 0.3 sec
60 mph: 6.4 sec
100 mph: 17.1 sec
120 mph: 28.1 sec
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 6.8 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.3 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.7 sec
¼-mile: 15.0 sec @ 94 mph
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 142 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 160 ft
Pad holding capacity, 300-foot dia disc pad: 0.91 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 22 mpg
75 mph highway driving: 36 mpg
Freeway range: 470 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 29/26/34 mpg
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