2016 Mini S Clubman

Crafted in Oxford, this mini is a larger, sportier 5-passenger, 6-door hatchback.

  • Likes
  • Solid torque
  • Improved interior materials
  • Dislikes
  • Acceleration could improve

The 2016 Mini S Clubman is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Dog-Friendly Cars and GAYOT's Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Cars

For 2016 the Mini Cooper S Clubman returns and is now built on the same BMW global platform that underpins the Mini Cooper Hardtop and the new BMW X1. Compared to the Mini Hardtop 2-door, the Clubman is a foot longer, with a longer wheelbase and more room in the backseat. It also has a truly usable cargo area, with up to 47 cubic feet of space, rather than the tiny cubbies behind the seats of the Mini Hardtop 2-door. Otherwise, from the driver’s seat forward the Mini Cooper S Clubman is pretty similar to its smaller cousins. The 2016 Mini Cooper S Clubman we tested has the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 found in the Mini Hardtop S. In this case it drives the front wheels through a transverse application of BMW’s 8-speed sport automatic transmission. Some may think it borders on sacrilege to order a Mini- famed for their “go-kart handling” and driver involvement– with an automatic transmission, but at least this unit shifts rapidly and smoothly and, with 8 gears to choose from, is almost always at the right engine speed.

The 2.0-liter turbo is smooth and strong, with plenty of torque available even at very low revs. It makes pulling into traffic relatively stress-free, since unlike the older 1.6-liter Mini engines, it doesn’t have to rev to high RPMs to make most of its power. Flat-out acceleration in the 2016 Mini Clubman is a little down from the lighter Hardtop, but not by much. With 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, it gets to sixty mph in around 6.7 seconds. Not bad when you consider its fuel-efficiency as well. Our test car averaged 21.7 mpg overall.

The Clubman retains much of the handling and roadholding character of a Mini. The steering is quick and you can vary steering effort and throttle response with a driving mode switch. If you switch to “sport” a cartoon on the center screen cherfully says “let’s motor… hard.”

The interior now has higher-quality materials, and an easy-to-see center screen in place of the old Mini’s pie plate speedometer. It now feels a little less toy-like and a little more, well, car-like. It is a BMW product, after all, and prices for the 2016 Cooper S Clubman can easily get into the low 30s with options.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000 mile limited warranty, 12-year rust perforation limited warranty, 4-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance program

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Specs

Base Price: $27,650

As Tested: $27,650

  • 24 / 34 mpg
  • EPA
  • 6.9 sec
  • 0-60
  • 189 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 142 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter MINI twin-powered turbo 4-cylinder engine
  • Horsepower: 189 hp
  • Torque: 207 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 6-speed getrag manual transmission / 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Curb Weight: 3,235 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 105.1 in
  • Length: 168.3 in
  • Width: 70.9 in
  • Height: 56.7 in
  • Brakes: four-wheel disc brakes
  • Suspension: MacPherson strut front/multi-link rear suspension
  • Traction: Dynamic Stability Control
  • 0-60 mph: 6.9 sec
  • Top Speed: 142 mph
  • EPA City: 24 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 34 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 27 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Airbags including side curtain and knee airbags, rain sensor and automatic headlights, tire-pressure monitor

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