Shopping for a new MINI Cooper Clubman?
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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
a reasonable amount of gadgets
Optional are heated front seats, a panoramic moonroof
Tech options include a universal garage door opener, HD Radio
Kelley Blue Book
The MINI brand is built around customization, so while the 2010 Cooper Clubman's list of standard features isn't comprehensive, there's an entire world of accessories, paint and trim options, and other add-ons available to MINI owners.
All Clubmans come with vinyl upholstery, air conditioning, a trip computer, ambient lighting, and an AM/FM/CD stereo with an auxiliary jack. The Clubman's power locks are built into a round starter that takes the place of a metal key. The three trims of the MINI Cooper Clubman feature largely the same set of standard amenities. MyRide reports that "standard equipment on the base Clubman includes leatherette upholstery, air conditioning, interior air filter...trip computer [and] AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack." Cars.com adds that "power windows and locks," as well as "keyless entry with push-button start" are all standard, along with the "faux leather upholstery."
From there, the Clubman's a palette for the owner's tastes; checked cloth or pinstripe or leather upholstery can be ordered, along with painted wheels, roof decals of the U.S. or British flags, white-capped mirrors, chrome trim galore, and color panels for the dash and door panels are just the beginning. They're what Cars.com calls a "litany of cosmetic accessories." Edmunds reports that the MINI Cooper Clubman "offers a broad range of packages and options" and notes that "even the various color schemes can be mixed and matched" for a truly personalized flavor for your MINI Clubman. Performance add-ons include 16-, 17-, and 18-inch wheels, as well as the range of John Cooper Works underhood tweaks.
A sunroof, roof racks, a rear roof spoiler, Bluetooth, a USB/iPod adapter, and a navigation system with real-time traffic and LCD readouts displayed in the speedometer are the major options. Kelley Blue Book highlights the availability of such niceties as "HD Radio, a Bluetooth cell phone link...xenon headlights [and] SIRIUS Satellite Radio." The Bluetooth option includes a USB port for hooking up with mobile devices like the iPhone or other cell phones and media players, making the 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman one of the more technologically advanced compact cars available. The MINI's chaotic set of controls really can lose an unfamiliar driver when the navigation system needs a new address; its joystick control isn't all that intuitive, and the readout's not as large or comprehensive as that on better systems.
As is the case with the Cooper, be well advised when laying out your Clubman's features. MINI encourages customers to make the Clubman their own, and "the majority of all MINI buyers do exactly that," LeftLaneNews reports. Ordering just a few of these options can send the price tag into maxi territory, and MINI customers have become notorious for turning sub-$20,000 hatchbacks and wagons into highly individualized statements with sticker prices nearing $40,000.
You can tailor a 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman to suit your own taste, but keep a calculator and a tight rein in hand.