• Jan 19, 2009

Click on the image above to view a high-res gallery of the MINI One Clubman

It's exciting for us when we get to report on a new, more powerful version of a much-loved car, but this isn't one of those moments. Thankfully, we also like it when a much-loved car becomes available in a less expensive formula. What you see here is the soon-to-be minted entry-level version of the MINI Clubman.

The stretched version of BMW's MINI has until now been offered only in Cooper guises: The standard Cooper with 120 horsepower, the sportier Cooper S with 175hp and the diesel Cooper D with 110hp. The MINI One Clubman makes do with lower levels of equipment and a less powerful 95hp 1.4-liter four, mated to the buyer's choice of a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Despite the lower content, it also includes such green touches as regenerative braking and start-stop engine management, giving the One the second best fuel economy and emissions figures in the range, trailing only the Cooper D.

Naturally, the decontented Clubman will come in as the cheapest version of the MINI wagon, retailing in the UK for £13,290 (approximately $19,250). That's a comparable price to the smaller but more powerful MINI Cooper hatchback (£13,715), about a grand more than the MINI One hatchback, but more than a grand less than the Cooper Clubman. MINI will continue to offer the North American market the Cooper, Cooper S and JCW versions, while the MINI One Clubman makes its debut in Geneva this coming March. Details in the press release after the jump and plainly superimposed high-resolution photos in the gallery below.

[Source: MINI]

PRESS RELEASE


New MINI One Clubman set for Geneva show unveiling
Attractively-priced newcomer available to order now

* MINI One Clubman to launch in the UK on 28 March 2009
* Air conditioning now standard on every new MINI

The MINI One Clubman will be unveiled at the International Geneva Motor Show on 03 March 2009. The new entry-level model in the Clubman range gives customers the chance to take advantage of MINI's renowned low running and ownership costs, and carries a list price of £13,290 OTR.

Powered by the 1.4-litre, four cylinder petrol engine found in the Hatch version of the MINI One, the newcomer possesses all the characteristics that make driving every MINI a grin-inducing experience. With an engine producing 95 hp and the same steering and suspension as its sporty Cooper-badged sibling, the MINI One Clubman boasts trademark go-kart handling and razor-sharp cornering capability.

Outstanding fuel efficiency and low CO2 emission figures are ensured through the standard fitment of MINIMALISM technologies. Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start Stop and Shift Point Display are all standard features on the car. Fuel bills will be minimised due to a combined fuel consumption figure of 52.3 mpg, and the cost of an annual road fund licence will be just £35 because of the MINI One Clubman's impressive CO2 emission figure of just 130 g/km, placing it in VED tax band C.

A short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission is standard, with the option of a 6-speed auto with manual-shift capability.

The performance data for the new MINI One Clubman is as impressive as that of the entire MINI Clubman range.


New exterior colour combinations will be available for the MINI One Clubman. It will be possible to specify Silver or Black variants of this model with the same colour C-pillars. Previously the C-Pillar was always supplied in a contrasting shade.

From 01 January 2009, air conditioning is supplied as standard with every new MINI. UK dealers are ready to take orders for the MINI One Clubman now.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring it here! I would replace my Jetta TDI with a Mini diesel if I could buy one in the USA.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree that both are great cars, but the Mini really is significantly more efficient. The best recorded MPG of any 2009 2.0L Jetta TDI is about 60MPG (US).
        http://www.mpgomatic.com/2008/09/28/vw-jetta-tdi-sets-new-world-record-5882-mpg/

        However, the Mini D 1.6L (110 hp) is capable of 50 city / 67 highway MPG (US), according to professional testers. http://www.mpgomatic.com/2008/05/19/mini-cooper-d-65-mpg-diesel-dream/ The 1.4L Mini D may be able to outdo the 1.6L's 67 MPG.

        I do almost all highway driving, so I'm only concerned about highway mileage. While I like the Jetta TDI, the Mini is cheaper and more efficient. Put me down for a Mini diesel.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd still take the TDI- it'd be nearly 21,000 for a base Cooper D (based on UK pricing) vs ~23k for a fully optioned TDI. I'd sacrifice a few mpg (ABG got 47 on their Cooper D, TDI is rated at 50, most likely both can do better) for the extra space and comforts of a TDI.
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      i like all of the mini's, and this one can join the club.

      side note:
      a bmw dealership recently converted to a MINI dealership about a week ago and i pass by there almost everyday. not just pass by but actually go into a nearby store and stuff. but anyways, from what i have seen since i have been there, they have already sold about 4 mini's in 1 week! that's amazing!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad we only get Coopers stateside (cooper and cooper s).

      The regular mini is still selling too well to merit a cheaper model over here. Hopefully some other companies up their mini-car game soon so that we'll see more thrifty models here like the one and one-d.

      I don't get why we don't have more cars with stop/start tech over here. There's plenty of traffic and stoplights to take advantage for more city dwellers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it's a great idea if it will get more people into the dealerships.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Less power in a heavier model. At least the Mini is a capable chassis, so it should still be fine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would suppose a decontented regular Mini would be on the way??? I have driven the older supercharged S and thought it was about the most fun I have had in a car. Too bad there are no dealers anywhere near me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      less is more? no no my good man, less really is less.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Vegas Style Guy:

        You made me laugh with your Heathers reference!! So, you're cool :-)))

        I am only involved with MINI in that I have had one for 4 years.

        My dealership at least, charges MSRP and that's that. No specials, no discounts, no surprises. Not praise, but not a complaint either.

        I didn't find my dealership had too much attitude; in fact, they were friendly, but of course, I did all my shopping on the website, and just walked into the dealership and said "here". I wish it were always so simple and pleasant.

        Apologies if I came across angry towards you. I love my MINI so I do tend to defend them.

        I think Audis are beautiful, but I'm still a bit wary of them due to VW's poor reputation for overall quality. I hope they're better now, but I'm not sure I could "go there" just yet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When Minis first came out I went to the Mini dealer and was shocked at the prices they were asking.

      The salesman looked me up and down and sneered, "I guess you might want to go to a more affordable dealership, there's a used car lot up the street."

      I bought an Audi A4 Quattro.

      The point? If you're selling a hot car, remember to treat potential customers with care because it's inevitable that hot car will end up on discount. I know Mini is one of the very few brands that actually increased sales, but, if they thought it was going to stay that way they wouldn't be discounting them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I completely agree. When gasoline was over $4/gallon and diesel approached $5/gallon, Volkswagen dealers had a 9 month waiting list for the 2009 Jetta TDI. I considered replacing my '06 TDI (with 92k miles on it), but I wasn't going to wait 9 months, put down a $1000 deposit, and pay above sticker for the '09.

        Now that fuel is cheap again, I get calls a couple times a week from Volkswagen dealers, hounding me to buy an '09 TDI. How times change...
        • 6 Years Ago
        DAVID:

        What's your damage Heather?

        I was just relating an experience I think a lot of people have had at car dealerships and other companies that are supposedly there for the service of their customers.

        are you sleeping with a Mini or what? Your anger is WAY misplaced bro.

        As far as that Audi goes, you make my point exactly. I had the money to buy the Mini (the company was paying) and thought I wanted one until Mr. Bad Salesman got a hold of me. Turns out the Audi was a heavy and underpowered piece of crap, none of which has anything to do with your completely uncalled for insults.

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