2010 MINI Cooper Clubman — Flash Drive
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2008 to 2012.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The MINI Cooper Clubman is exactly how a little car should be. Extending the wheelbase by 3 inches over the current Cooper provides a smoother ride, and with a curb weight of less than 3,000 pounds, the car feels agile while still comfortable as a daily commuter. Inside are unique dials that are sometimes difficult to understand at a quick glance. The sunroof is a nice option and provides ample daylight exposure. Getting into the back seat is easy using the Clubdoor behind the passenger door, but headroom and legroom for tall passengers is tight. The tailgate opens to a respectable-size trunk, and with the seats folded down, you can haul a bike or other gear. At the pump, the Cooper Clubman delivered a generous 32 mpg in mixed driving. –Joe Chulick
Every MINI I've ever driven has been a pleasure. This latest MINI Clubman continues the tradition. It is a well-balanced, consistent joy. The major controls fall to hand perfectly; the engine is lively, although not overly powerful; the transmission is a pleasure; and the handling is among the best of any car at any price. And then there is the consistent 35 mpg fuel economy. The Clubman's styling may not be to everyone's taste, but the third door and the bigger cargo area come in handy. The next car I own is almost certain to be a MINI. –Paul Hagger
The MINI remains one of my favorite cars, and this base-level Clubman did nothing to change my mind. It has that classic MINI styling but increases the interior space substantially. The rear seat is actually usable for trips lasting longer than five minutes; however, I wouldn't go so far as to call it roomy. Access is made easy, though, with the Clubdoor on the passenger side. Cargo space is more than adequate for several grocery bags or a couple of small suitcases. An added space below the cargo floor is convenient for hiding valuables or just increasing available space. The best part of the MINI is that it is both fun to drive and impressively fuel-efficient. No, the MINI is not powerful, but it handles well and gets moving when it needs to. Best of all, I saw more than 36 mpg on the trip computer. –Perry Stern