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2013 MINI MINI-Clubman Overview
Let’s be honest – a MINI Cooper is cute, fun to drive, and economical, but it’s not really the most practical car around. MINI addressed this issue by building the 2013 Clubman, which looks, drives, and feels like a MINI, just with nine extra inches of length and more storage space in an effort to let car buyers have their cake and… you know the rest.
MINI reshuffled the way it names its cars for 2013, so to clarify, MINI Clubman now refers to the Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works versions of the four-seat Clubman. For the 2013 model year, changes include now standard Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio is now optional. There is also a newly available Premium Package that loads up on goodies like a dual-panel sunroof, automatic windshield wipers, and automatic climate control.
The Clubman looks like a standard Hardtop until you get past the doors, where it just keeps going and going. Those nine extra inches look like they were all tacked right on the rear which makes the Clubman look elongated. Rearwards, instead of a normal hatchback, there is a pair of rear doors which open outward for easy loading/unloading of cargo. A third, suicide door can also be found on the passenger side for better access to the second-row. 15-, 16-, and 17-inch wheels are available and in true MINI fashion there are a litany of exterior/roof colors and decals for personalized decoration.
Under the hood, each of the Clubman’s trim levels gets its own engine. The Cooper comes with the base engine, a 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The Cooper S and the high-performance John Cooper Works both feature turbocharged versions of this engine, 181-horsepower in the Cooper S versus 208-horsepower for the John Cooper Works version. Each model comes with a six-speed manual transmission standard, while a six-speed automatic is optional for the Cooper and Cooper S.
The 2013 MINI Clubman’s fuel economy ratings are slightly lower than the Hardtop’s due to its larger size, but they are still formidable. Cooper models get 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with either transmission. Cooper S models, even with their added power, get the same fuel economy: 27/35 mpg with the manual transmission (26/34 with the automatic), while John Cooper Works models return 25/33 mpg.
Inside, it’s classic MINI; the large, dinner-plate speedometer is mounted dead in the center of the dashboard and is the most prominent feature of the entire interior. Just like the outside, there are plenty of color and design choices to be made for the cloth, simulated leather, or leather upholstery. The added length also means more rear legroom, up to 32.3 from 29.9 inches on Hardtop models. Cargo room is also expanded to 32.8 cubic feet, making the Clubman more livable. Standard features include push-button start, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, and a multifunction tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Optional are automatic climate control, heated, seats, USB/iPod adapter, and a navigation system.
Standard safety features include side-impact and side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system.