Minis quit making monetary and literal sense when they ceased being mini in dimension or price. That isn't really to claim all Minis lack basic charm. Take, as an example, the Clubman. Actually, although it's the largest, most pricey automobile in Mini's schedule (leaving out the Countryman crossover), the wagonlet is our favored Mini. It has unique styling and stays clear of the rough ride high quality that pesters much of the Mini lineup, thanks in part to its longer wheelbase.
The stylish John Cooper Works bundle deciphers that allure. Where lesser Clubmans exist at the precipice of reason because of being more pricey and tighter inside compared to various other small hatchbacks as well as wagons, the JCW cruises over the edge. The expensive upgrade consists of an awesome body set, LED headlights, special 18-inch wheels, a stronger suspension, and also an extra 39 horse power as well as 22 lb-ft of torque (for total amounts of 228 and 258) for the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four shown to the next-rung-down Clubman S. And yet the John Cooper Works fails to introduce any type of substantial efficiency gain over the Clubman S.
Plot twist: Every JCW comes with basic four-wheel drive (All4 in Mini-speak), which adds weight. Thus, while this 3430-pound Clubman's 6.7-second zero-to-60-mph time beats the in a similar way hefty all-wheel-drive Clubman S by 0.6 second, it's 0.1 second slower than the much more economical front-drive Clubman S with the available transmission. (It's also notably off the 6.0-second pace Mini asserts for this model.) There are traditional mid-size cars that could show this Mini their taillights, and also the likewise valued Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R, and Volkswagen Golf R are in between 1.5 as well as 2.1 secs quicker.
In our testing, the JCW's 0.4-inch-lower trip height and also stronger suspension do little to enhance cornering grasp. Riding on the same tires as the Clubman S models we've examined (aha!), the JCW defeat their 0.87 g of grasp around our skidpad by a simple 0.01 g. Below once again, the JCW drops well except the figures published by the warm hatches detailed above. What the suspension does alter is the Clubman's ride top quality, conveying several of the flintiness that lesser Clubmans stay clear of. The JCW's suspension is enough to draw out several of the run-flat tires' worst devils, and even our examination car's optional flexible dampers ($500) couldn't conquer the included slice over development joints as well as sidewalk splits. The dampers can, nonetheless, be called up also firmer through the Sport driving mode for those who cherish a little masochism during their morning commute. Required a lot more starch? Mini provides bigger, 19-inch wheels that-- mercifully-- just weren't fitted to this Clubman.
There are positives, though. The vehicle is enjoyable to chuck about, especially in town, where its tidy measurements and vast low-end torque make fast work of traffic jam. The dual-mode sport exhaust sounds good, uncorking a couple of stands out as well as braps from the 2.0-liter engine from time to time. There works back-seat space for two individuals, unlike in many other Minis. As well as the brake pedal runs with a pleasing suppleness, although the Brembo brakes it triggers take 171 feet to stop the JCW from 70 mph-- that's 2 feet longer than the front-drive Clubman S yet 13 feet shorter than the Clubman S All4.
However the JCW's ands also are shown other Clubmans, leaving you doubting why this variation prices a lot. Mini opens pricing for the John Cooper Works at $35,950, which is $5650 greater than a Clubman S All4 and also $7450 greater than the quicker-accelerating front-drive Clubman S. It's also best in the thick of a triad of heavy hitters: the Focus RS, the Civic Type R, and the Golf R. Leaving several big-ticket choices on the table, our Mini stickered for $40,250 or even lacked leather upholstery (which varies from $750 to $2250). It did include $500 Melting Silver metallic paint (plus the no-cost Chili Red-- paintinged roofing and door mirrors), the $750 Cold Weather package (warmed front seats), the $2250 Technology bundle (head-up display screen, Mini Connected infomercial, navigating, as well as vehicle parking sensing units), $300 SiriusXM satellite radio, and also the aforementioned $500 adaptive suspension.
Although enjoyable enough at saner Clubman purchase prices, the inside is not specifically $40K worth of nice. It additionally struggles with a cavelike feel when spruced up in our test auto's dark color pattern and also has the exact same inane control layout-- presumably considered cheeky by its developers-- as other Minis. The major multifunction knob for the main screen is buried in between the seats, the front lights button is concealed behind the guiding wheel, as well as the little speedometer markings are reduced only by a small digital speed readout in the scale's reduced hemisphere. Oh, and also there is a row of conveniently incorrect, identically sized rocker switches over with ambiguous markings ahead of the shifter-- among which (the slightly larger red one) turns the automobile on and off.
Extremely, you can choice a Clubman John Cooper Works to the dark side of $50,000 through the $1750 automatic transmission, the $1800 Premium plan, as well as a host of tack-on customization parts. If you're still tempted-- possibly you really dig the Mini's appearances-- note that a base or S version gets you the same duds (fashionable, visibility-hindering rear barn doors and all), comparable efficiency, and a much more comfortable ride for much less.