2013 MINI Cooper Clubman User Reviews
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- $21,400 - $32,300
Purchased As Used
I bought a 2009 with 6500 miles on it. I just traded this car for the Countryman SALL4 but thought I would give a review to help potential buyers. I traded it with 34k miles. The new ones still have same engine and basic layout so you might find this helpful. I got the Chili Red with several options like sunroof and the red and black interior and Rooster Red cloth-leather seats.
First, the negatives: One recall and one warranty repair of the turbo. Mini's are only average on reliability. Having had four of them (this was the 3rd) they have improved fit and finish. The half door can be a little hard to use with the way the seatbelt attaches. You have to get used to it.
Positives: Most everything you can think of. They finally put drink holders in the back. Seats were superb and comfortable front or back. I rode in the back while my son drove on a road trip. Vision is excellent, handling is superb. I challenge you to find better in any car at any price short of purpose built sportscars. The styling is distinctive and my interior was bold and unmatched by most any other car. I do not drive boring cars unless forced to (company cars). I put kayaks on top and that is when you really appreciate the low height of a Mini. It was easy and you can reach most everything. I had the sport racks, too. The car is fast, truly sport quality and the extra space and wheel base you get comes in handy. This is a Mini where you can put people in the back for extended periods. You also get a reasonable boot-trunk space. The seats fold down very easily when you need to bring home the new TV. I put 11 large boxes in it once moving company stuff. it was packed to the roof, but I was surprised how much it held. The underboot storage comes in handy for tools and my cans of de-icer and fix-a-flat. The car handles very well in snow, too. I put Blizzaks on in winter and the FWD does fine although you have a fairly low ground clearance. I would take off the air dam in the winter along with the summer tires. I also use regular tires rather than run flats for price and a bit softer ride. I would get a performance snow or run flat snow in the future, though. Blizzaks are a bit too mushy for this suspension.
I traded this car a month ago for the Countryman but I loved every minute of owning it. I hugged it when I traded it. Many good road trips and miles in it and never a dull moment. Everyone who ever road in it loved it and wanted the car....read morehide
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- Great car with nice interior
- Small, but you expect that from a mini!
Purchased As Not Purchased
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- good fuel economy, lots of room, great performance
- confusing controls, odd tire size. very long doors
Purchased As Used
2008 Clubman. Bought used in 2011.
Was looking for a small SUV, saw this in a lot, and loved it as soon as I drove it. I'm 6'3", and this has plenty of leg and head room. Handles like a sports car & holds a lot of stuff. Has a magnificent sunroof, heated seats, and very nice trim. It looks small, but is about the size of my old Kia Sportage. Interior space is amazing for a car this size.
The 5 doors are great, except the front doors are very long and open very wide. The back doors swing out, a very nice thing for a guy who bumps his head on hatches, and the 5th door allows back seat passengers to easily enter w/o having to crawl over the center console.
Performance is great on this base model; powerful engine, very fast acceleration, but would be even faster with the S model's turbo. The 6 spd. manual shift makes the most of the engine's torque band and is excellent. Brakes are huge for the car, and can be pushed hard before ABS kicks in; stops on a dime.
The Clubman has a longer wheelbase, and it's a surprisingly good road car. Tracks well w/o needing constant correction.
Suspension is firm; in sports mode, even firmer, but the ride is comfortable with the bolstered sports seats. Switching lanes is very fast. The car handles very well at all speeds.
The stock run-flat tires perform well in warm weather, but are noisy and heavy. Bought a set of Blizzak winter tires which are quitter, softer ride and perfect for ice/snow/rain. I plan on buying a conventional set of all-season and buy a mini-spare when the run-flats wear out.
Excellent driver in winter w/ the winter tires. Very good traction, and sure handling. The car is relatively low, but I haven't hi-centered it yet.
Controls are very odd- mystifying at first, but some of the oddity has been corrected in new models. Everything is on 2 consoles, one above, one on center console, and all are toggle switches, including door locks and windows. This makes it hard for a carjacker to reach in and unlock doors. Outside latches get stiff and need lube occasionally.
Excellent mileage; 34 on road, 32 around town. Range is over 400 miles on tank, but runs on premium. I average 1 tank every 45 days driving around town.
Didn't know what to think of the looks when I bought it, but I like the style a lot now. It's very flashy- yellow w/black top, black racing stripes, and checkered mirrors. Ladies love the looks, and I love the handling and utility....read morehide
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- SHOULD BE GOOD IN DRIVING.
- SHOULD BE STABLE.
Purchased As Used
THIS IS MY FAVORITE CAR. ONE DAY I WILL OWN IT...BECAUSE ITS VERY CUTE AND IT IS AVAILABLE IN MANY COLOURS
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