It has the cheeky styling and nearly the same level of driving prowess as the smaller Cooper hatchback, but the 2021 Mini Cooper S Clubman has more room for junk in its trunk. The Clubman’s side-hinged rear doors open to reveal a cargo hold that’s nearly as voluminous as that of the Countryman SUV—though, that’s not saying much, as the Countryman isn’t a particularly roomy crossover. A turbocharged four-cylinder provides peppy power, and buyers can opt for all-wheel drive. The Clubman straddles the line between mainstream and premium: Base models compete on price with the Subaru Outback and Buick Regal TourX, but start adding options and this car’s outlay can easily raise to the level of luxury offerings like the Volvo V60. But the Clubman makes its case with an eager driving demeanor and iconic styling.
What’s New for 2021?
Mini has made few changes to the Clubman for 2021, but the good news is that the six-speed manual transmission—which took a brief break from the spec sheet—has returned. The stick is standard on the base trim, called Classic, and an option on the Signature and Iconic models. Speaking of the Signature trim, that mid-range model now provides in-dash navigation with real-time traffic updates.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Cooper S Clubman: $30,750
- Cooper S Clubman All4: $33,750
Unless you need the All4’s all-wheel drive grip for traveling in inclement weather, we’d recommend the front-drive S Clubman, which comes nicely equipped. The Cooper S Clubman travels on 17-inch wheels fitted with run-flat tires, and it boasts automatic projector-beam LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and heated power-adjustable side mirrors. The cabin is home to luxuries like heated front seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, and push-button ignition. You also get keyless entry. This Mini boasts several driver-assistance features as standard, such as forward-collision warning and rear parking sensors.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
All 2021 Mini Cooper S Clubman models are motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 189 horsepower. This powerplant is matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive. In our tests, a Cooper S Clubman with the previous-gen eight-speed automatic transmission dashed to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds; with optional all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission, the sprint took 7.3 seconds. Those numbers make it quicker than the Fiat 500L, which completed the run in 8.0 seconds. The Cooper S Clubman scores high marks for its athletic handling, but this sometimes comes at the expense of ride comfort. If you’re looking for a Mini wagon that offers an even higher level of performance, check out the Cooper Clubman John Cooper Works, which we review separately.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to EPA estimates, fuel economy for the 2021 Mini Cooper S Clubman comes in at 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. This makes this Mini more fuel efficient than one of its most direct rivals, the Fiat 500L (at 22 and 30 mpg, respectively). All-wheel-drive models take a small hit in economy, achieving 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. During our time with an S Clubman, it managed 27 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Cooper S Clubman provides a cabin with solid build quality and eye-catching design. The display in the center stack sits in a circular housing that mimics the car’s cheerful round headlights. The cabin looks whimsical and upbeat, and the materials are top notch. Despite the car’s small footprint, there’s a decent amount of room available for passengers in both rows. With all seats in place, the Cooper S Clubman provides 13 cubic feet of cargo space. This expands to 44 with the rear seats lowered. That’s a lot less room than you’ll get with some rivals. For example, the 500L delivers 22 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seat and 68 when you collapse that row.
Infotainment and Connectivity
A six-speaker AM/FM sound system comes standard on the Mini Cooper S Clubman, as does an auxiliary input jack and streaming audio. Also, all models come with Bluetooth connectivity, which means you can make and receive phone calls without taking your hands off the wheel. The list of tech options includes integrated navigation, wireless device charging, and an upgraded Harman/Kardon sound system. Apple CarPlay capability is optional for those who want to easily hook up their iPhones to the interface, but Android users are out of luck.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2021 Mini Cooper S Clubman hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Mini has equipped this wagon with some valuable driver-assistance features. Unfortunately, though, blind-spot monitoring isn’t offered. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Mini’s warranty coverage is competitive, and its three years of complimentary scheduled maintenance is generous for this segment. Some rival brands, such as Fiat, don’t offer anything like that.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles
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