2011 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. Its Competition

2011 MINI Cooper
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The MINI Cooper Clubman's retro styling and wagon body carve a unique automotive niche. The Volkswagen GTI four-door comes close to the MINI's mission: It's upright, with even better passenger and cargo room and access, but only a whiff of the Clubman's styling panache. The A3 is related to the GTI and shares its good driving dynamics, but sports an even higher price tag than the GTI, along with a new diesel engine option. The Mazdaspeed3 is the value champion here, even when laden with luxury features.

It's also distinctively styled and well crafted, with an enviable reputation for build quality and reliability that all these other machines simply can't match.

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Quick Specs
8.4
A big-bodied extrovert, the 2011 MINI Cooper Clubman's the most desirable MINI for anyone beyond their single stage of life.
8.0
The 2011 Audi A3 is stylish, refined, and versatile—and nearly as good for the city as for the highway.
8.4
7.8
A punchy turbo engine, crisp handling, and a dual-clutch gearbox give the 2011 Volkswagen GTI a performance profile that's anything but stodgy.
MSRP From   
$21,100$27,270N/A$23,695
Gas Mileage   
25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas 4-CylGas I4N/AGas Turbocharged I4
EPA Class   
SubcompactSmall Station WgnN/ACompact
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T PremiumN/A2-Door HB Manual
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
45N/A5
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe4 Door HBN/A2 Door HB
Transmission   
ManualManual w/ODN/AManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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