The MINI Cooper has become so popular, that a third, slightly larger vehicle has been added to the lineup. The 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman offers more room and added versatility for those who seek it.
The Clubman is just over 10 inches longer than the base MINI Cooper and boasts 8.8 more cubic feet of cargo space. Access to this additional space is provided by rear courier-van-like barn doors. In addition, easy access to the rear seats is achieved by a passenger side half door.
The base engine for the Clubman is a 118 horsepower 1.6-liter inline-4. A turbocharged version of this engine is available that puts out 172 horsepower on the Clubman S and is tuned to 208 horsepower on the range-topping John Cooper Works model. Power is sent to the front wheels through either a 6-speed manual or available 6-speed automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
Fuel economy for the Clubman ranges from 23 miles per gallon city, up to 37 miles per gallon highway.
Base MSRP for the 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman is $20,200. A John Cooper Works model with full options will top out at just under $45,000. The Clubman is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
With undeniable MINI styling, added room, and available turbocharged powerplants, the Clubman makes for a terrific blend of iconic styling, peppy performance and practical versatility.