2010 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. Its Competition

2009 MINI Cooper Clubman
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman's retro styling and wagon body carve a unique automotive niche.

The Volkswagen GTI four-door comes close to the MINI's mission: It's upright, with even better passenger and cargo room and access, but only a whiff of the Clubman's styling panache.

The A3 is related to the GTI and shares its good driving dynamics, but sports an even higher price tag than the GTI, along with a new diesel engine option.

The Mazdaspeed3 is the value champion here, even when laden with luxury features.

It's also distinctively styled and well crafted, with an enviable reputation for build quality and reliability that all these other machines simply can't match.

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Quick Specs
A big-bodied extrovert, the 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman's the most desirable MINI for anyone beyond their single stage of life.
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 2009 Volkswagen GTI is the most conservative-looking of sporty hatches—and a bit pricey for a dressed-up Rabbit—but it redeems itself with the driving experience.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas Turbocharged I4
EPA Class  
SubcompactSmall Station WgnCompact
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe4-Door HB MT 2.0T FrontTrak PZEV2-Door HB Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Coupe4 Door HB2 Door HB
ManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. 2009 Audi A32010 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. 2009 Volkswagen GTI