Impressive practicality; strong fuel economy; enjoyable driving experience; potent engines
Limited rear visibility; upscale models can get seriously expensive; distinctive design is gone
The Clubman is fully redesigned in 2016, offering a look that finally comes into lockstep with standard Mini Cooper models. See the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman models for sale near you
We'd go with the Cooper S Clubman -- at least until the even sportier John Cooper Works model rejoins the lineup. And while we'd add a few options and extras, we'd try to stay below the $30,000 mark -- OK, maybe $32,000. Any more than that and it becomes a lot of money for a hatchback -- no matter how nice it is to drive. Find a Mini Cooper Clubman for sale
The Clubman is offered in two trims: a base-level version called simple the Cooper Clubman (or just the Clubman) and a sporty model dubbed the Cooper S Clubman (or, sometimes, the Clubman S). But that doesn't tell the whole story, as both trims have a seemingly unending list of options, extras and customizable features.
Base-level Cooper models ($25,000) come standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 6.5-in center display screen with the Mini Connected infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, cruise control, smartphone app integration, a USB player for music, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leatherette upholstery.
The sporty Cooper S ($28,600) adds the more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, along with larger 17-in wheels, sport seats and fog lights.
As we mentioned, options are plentiful. In addition to a multitude of personalization options for wheel designs, color schemes and interior trim, the Clubman offers keyless access with push-button starting, LED headlights, a backup camera, heated front seats, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system, a larger 8-in display screen, a navigation system, parking sensors, full leather upholstery, a sport steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and even an automated parallel parking system. Like we said, it's a long list.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2016 FIAT 500 Abarth -- If you're after performance more than practicality, consider the diminutive 500 Abarth. It loses all the Clubman's space but touts a more engaging driving experience.
2016 Mini Cooper -- Of course, if you're interested in the Clubman, you'll probably want to consider the standard Mini too. Styling is more generic and there isn't as much room, but prices start around $2,500 cheaper than the Clubman's base figures.
Used BMW X3 -- It may seem like a strange suggestion, but the X3 offers more practicality than the Clubman, a similarly luxurious interior, and surprisingly good performance. Prices are higher, though, so you may have to consider a used model.