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2012 MINI Cooper Clubman - Performance Review

 
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On Performance
Still sporty despite its extra size in comparison to the Cooper hatchback, the 2012 Clubman gives up little for a lot of extra utility.
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The 1.6-liter engines receive light massaging to generate a little extra horsepower. In naturally aspirated models, reduced internal friction yields 3 additional hp, for 121. The turbocharged Cooper S and Clubman S gain Vanos variable valve-timing for the intake valves, and a bonus 4 hp brings the total to 181. John Cooper Works variants remain at 208 hp.
Car and Driver

Overall, the Clubman S feels no different through a smorgasbord of cornering situations from the new Cooper S.
Motor Trend

Even though it is not quite as lithe as it's smaller brethren, the MINI Cooper Clubman S is suited for a different purpose.
Jalopnik

The Clubman is just as fun as the Mini Cooper and is actually a bit more stable in long, sweeping turns. Plus, the added length helps the Clubman iron out bumps better, improving upon a notorious problem for the Mini Cooper, especially the S.
NewCarTestDrive

Despite being longer than the regular Mini, the 2010 Clubman still provides a comparable level of driving entertainment. Driver inputs are met with immediate results and plenty of feedback through the seats, steering wheel and pedals.
Edmunds

While performance hasn't been a problem for the Cooper range, the larger Clubman may surprise some. Despite its greater length and larger interior, the wagon delivers the goods when it comes to nimble MINI handling.

In fact, unless you drove the Clubman back-to-back with the hatchback, you might not notice the difference. That's due, in part, to the massive similarities between the two.

The Clubman shares the same engines as the hatchback, with the base model using a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder, the Cooper S Clubman getting a turbocharged version of the engine rated at 181 horsepower, and the John Cooper Works model tuned a bit hotter at 208 horsepower.

Both the base and Cooper S models are available with either six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions. The  John Cooper Works model is only available with a manual gearbox.

The Clubman is light despite its size, and that translates into nimble handling. A well-tuned suspension aids the capability of the chassis, riding smoothly on good roads, but showing its performance edge on rougher surfaces.

Whichever model of Clubman you choose, however, you'll find the steering, handling, and performance lively--and all the more so as you move up the range.




Conclusion

Still sporty despite its extra size in comparison to the Cooper hatchback, the 2012 Clubman gives up little for a lot of extra utility.

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