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2012 MINI Cooper Clubman Photo
9.0
/ 10
On Styling
BASE INVOICE
$19,080
BASE MSRP
$21,200
On Styling
Uniquely MINI in its exterior and interior design, the 2012 Clubman is an improvement over past models, but still gives up some ease of use for a quirky look.
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Mini encourages customization of each car, and is now offering three “design worlds” to serve as inspiration. Dubbed Rally, Classic, and Scene, each is a family of suggestions for body and roof colors, wheel designs, and interior elements hand-selected by designers as a stylish jumping-off point for tweaking your Mini.
Car and Driver

Mini's design job is clever. The longer roof appears flat at first glance, yet there's a gentle curve to it.
Motor Trend

A slightly ungainly profile that resembles a Ford Flex that has been left in the clothes dryer too long.
Edmunds

The overall look makes a strong statement that this is a different model of MINI, and contributes positively to the defined goal of making the MINI design unique on the road.
Left Lane News

Retro styling with classic good looks
Auto Trader

Though it doesn't see many visual updates for 2012, the MINI Clubman is as fresh as ever. A new MINI Yours range of premium individualization options offers even more ways to make a Clubman yours, while a new set of exterior colors and wheels differentiate it from past models.

The updated look debuted in 2011 carries forward with a sleeker rear end and reduced chrome trim inside. The proportions of the Clubman remain the same, and iconically MINI, despite the extra length compared to the Cooper hatchback.

Clubman S models get a few sportier cues, including brake ducts in the front air dam and unique wheels. Clubman John Cooper Works models get the JCW Aero Kit standard for 2012, which brings a much more aggressive look, with a low lip spoiler, rear roof spoiler, and side sills.

Inside, all of the Clubmans are decked out with the somewhat wacky, oversized 160-mph speedometer in the center of the dash. While it's kitschy and cool--to some eyes--it can also be a distraction, the large plastic lens casting glare. The center stack is lined with a multitude of switches, toggles, and buttons, which can bog down a new owner in their complexity. Nevertheless, the look is coherent and uniquely MINI.

A slightly tweaked audio control layout arrived in 2011 and helps to reduce the awkwardness of controlling the Clubman's features, though ergonomics elements, such as the seat sliders, are still somewhat backward.

 

Conclusion

Uniquely MINI in its exterior and interior design, the 2012 Clubman is an improvement over past models, but still gives up some ease of use for a quirky look.

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