2008 MINI Clubman vs. Its Competition

2008 MINI Cooper Clubman S
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 MINI Cooper S Clubman is not a car that's easily classified.

Even though the Clubman is small, it's not a garden-variety subcompact like a Ford Focus or a Toyota Corolla.

And because the Cooper S Clubman has a backseat and room for cargo, it's not a pure sportscar like a Mazda RX-8.

Experts from TheCarConnection.com recommend these "other choices" for the 2008 MINI Cooper S Clubman because they offer practicality in a high-performance package.

The excellent MazdaSpeed3 is truly anonymous next to the MINI Cooper, but it performs better.

The Chevrolet HHR SS and Dodge Caliber SRT4 are two competent high-performance versions of otherwise pedestrian domestic cars, but they offer capable versatility with impressive power and handling.

The A3 is another out-of-class MINI competitor, though with a few options, a Cooper S Clubman will quickly be in Audi pricing territory.

2008 MINI Cooper Clubman S2008 MINI Clubman
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2009 Audi A32009 Audi A3
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2008 Dodge Caliber SE2008 Dodge Caliber
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Quick Specs
The 2008 MINI Cooper S Clubman--extroverted styling in a slightly bigger package with more power makes for a fun car that is hard not to look at with a broad smile.
The 2009 Audi A3 is more than a spruced-up VW hatchback, thanks to the fabulous interior, S-tronic transmission, and V-6 bark.
The Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
SubcompactSmall Station WgnMid-size
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak4-Door HB SE FWD
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Coupe4 Door HBHatchback
ManualManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 MINI Clubman vs. 2009 Audi A32008 MINI Clubman vs. 2008 Dodge Caliber