If the only thing keeping you out of a MINI Cooper is its lack of interior space, your excuses have now dried up thanks to the lengthened MINI Cooper Clubman model.
Research conducted by TheCarConnection.com indicates that the extra space inside the 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman isn't just for show, but in fact makes the "second seating row...a viable space to put two adults," according to MyRide.com. The total seating capacity inside the 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman is still four, although the added dimensions mean that "the Clubman has 2.5 inches more rear legroom and 3.5 more cubic feet of cargo space" than the standard Cooper, according to Edmunds. Up front, Kelley Blue Book reports "plenty of room—even for large folk." MyRide.com adds that the MINI Cooper Clubman's "high roofline leaves plenty of head room in the driver's seat," while the pair of front buckets "move back far enough to allow tall guys to fit." In the back, Edmunds notes that the bench seat "isn't huge, but there's adequate room for two full-size adults."
Toward the rear of the car, the twin rear barn doors of the 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman swing open to reveal a significantly larger cargo space than that found on the regular MINI. MyRide.com states that the MINI Cooper Clubman's "cargo volume is 32.8 cubic feet versus 24.0 cubic feet for the regular MINI," and ConsumerGuide is impressed enough to call the MINI Cooper Clubman "a surprisingly versatile hauler." Cargo space is boosted inside the passenger cabin as well, as Jalopnik notes that the MINI Cooper Clubman's "dual glove boxes and plenty of cup holders [offer] enough storage space for anything you might need to carry."
While the storage space inside the passenger cabin is commendable, reviewers are split over the materials quality inside the 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman. Jalopnik reviewers feel that the interior of the MINI Cooper Clubman suffers from "Toys R' Us-grade plastic" and opine that "in this price range, a buyer deserves a little better." MyRide.com disagrees, however, remarking that "though there are many plastics, they have a quality look and feel." One thing that reviewers do agree upon is that the build quality is impeccable, which is to be expected on this BMW-owned brand. ConsumerGuide praises the "solid workmanship," while Jalopnik coo that "every compartment, toggle and switch functions with the usual high level of BMW confidence."
One of the other areas that MINI thankfully decides to address on the 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman is the road noise that intrudes into the cabin when driving the base MINI Cooper. While the smaller Cooper is prone to significant wind noise, ConsumerGuide reports that "wind noise was fairly low" during their time with the 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman.