The 2012 Mini Cooper Clubman is practical and functional for everyday driving. It also offers more passenger and cargo space than the regular Mini Cooper. The Clubman design offers easy access to the cargo space because of the reverse opening third door on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. Because of the extra room, the Clubman has a distinctive shape that some love where others have to get used to the look.
The Mini Cooper Clubman offers a fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. It has a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine with a six speed automatic transmission. The vehicle has 121 hp at 6,000 rpm and seats five passengers. The torque is 114 at 4250 rpm. In addition, height adjustable front seats, telescoping steering wheel, a sport button, and a HD satellite radio come standard on the Mini Cooper Clubman.
Changes for 2012
There were no new features for the 2012 Mini Cooper Clubman.
What We Like
The Clubman is much more practical than the basic Mini Cooper. It has more room for passengers and cargo. The interior is sleek and comfortable that offers a good view while driving down the road. The fuel economy is excellent, it has great handling, and the engine is exceptional. The vehicle can also be customized to your specific tastes. Some of these options include a navigation system, USB connectivity, sport seats, xenon headlamps, a panoramic sunroof, and a Harman Kardon audio system.
What Concerns Us
With the sports package the Mini Cooper Clubman can feel a little stiff and the base engine may feel like it’s having difficulty while going down the road, especially when going up steep hills. The exterior design is not a favorite, but some may like it.
The Mini Cooper Clubman has 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition, and a six speaker audio system. The Cooper S Clubman offers 16-inch alloy wheels with a turbocharged engine. Sport front seats and alloy pedals also come with this option. The John Cooper Works Clubman has 17-inch alloy wheels, a sports tuned suspension, and a stylish interior.
There are no recalls for the 2012 Mini Cooper Clubman.
Common consumer complaints include a transmission failure, clutch failure, struggling while going uphill, engine catching fire, fogging side mirrors, and the seatbelt alarm going off when no one was in the passenger seat.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mini Cooper Clubman and was authored by Valerie Johnston.