2012 MINI Cooper Clubman Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
With its extra rear-seat space and cargo area, the Clubman is one of the most practical and useful of MINIs, outpaced only by the Countryman--and even then, only in certain areas.

The Clubman's cabin lets in minimal road or wind noise, a sign of good design and engineering. The interior build lets it down somewhat, however, with creaks, squeaks, and rattles from plastic trim pieces growing evident as time wears on the car. Perhaps its the price the MINI pays for style and performance--but it's not what you'd expect given the MINI's relatively high price tag.

At 9.4 inches longer overall than the Cooper hatch and 3.2 inches longer wheelbase, the Clubman is still a small car. The extra space will be welcomed by rear-seat passengers, however. Front seat space is excellent, as it is with all MINIs.

Practicality is greatly enhanced with the 2012 Clubman's extra wheelbase and cargo area, but issues with interior build quality remain.

Behind the rear seats, a 9.1 cubic foot cargo area offers a fair amount of storage, but fold the rear seats down and that grows to an impressive 32.6 cubic feet. The split-opening rear door and flat load floor help make the most of the space, but the joint of the rear door causes visibility issues that may bother some.


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