For more on the changes, check out our blog,. Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor My main problem with the Clubman is the lack of a traditional hatchback door. The toggle switches that control windows and the like are also good. They seemed out of place in an otherwise well-done interior. You do not acquire ownership rights to any content, document or other materials viewed through the site. The design element that does drive me crazy is the pie-plate, centrally mounted speedometer, which is about eight inches in diameter, slightly concave, and catches all kinds of reflections when you drive the car in daylight.
Our test model had one of those special edition packages — the Mayfair Package. The convertible has less rear seat room and considerably less rear cargo capacity than the hardtop. The Cooper S is even more so, with its turbocharged engine and stiffer suspension, though torque steer is common. Prodrive has been working with Mini…. Of some 6 million original Minis, the best-known were the high-performance variants tuned by race-car builder John Cooper. That said, Mini could be trying to make itself easier to live with. For 2007 it was redesigned into the current-generation version.
Exterior design details, including fog lights, a black grille insert, hood scoop, rear bumper inserts and prominent rear spoiler wing optional on the Cooper , distinguish the Cooper S from the Cooper. In addition, Mini sells a Mini Cooper Clubman and a Mini Cooper S Clubman a longer version of the Cooper and Cooper S , and it will soon start selling a small crossover called the Countryman. Make sure to drive on rough pavement at highway speeds in a car with the size of wheel you intend to buy. Not only is the speedo essentially useless, its exaggerated size is a waste of valuable real estate on an already seriously space-limited dash. The Cooper is predicted to have worse than average reliability. In addition, Mini sells a Mini Cooper Clubman and a Mini Cooper S Clubman a longer version of the Cooper and Cooper S , and it will soon start selling a small crossover called the Countryman.
The 2010 Mini lineup includes a two-door Cooper coupe and convertible and the three-door Clubman. An extensive array of alternative trim features is available to customize the interior to personal tastes, in terms of colors, textures and materials. Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor The John Cooper Works cars might just be the most fun you can have while returning fuel economy of 33 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city. Two trim levels are available, the standard Cooper and the higher-performing Cooper S. Having said all that, I still enjoyed driving the Mini Clubman, although I have some of the same complaints I had with our Four Seasons Cooper S, such as its absurdly large speedometer and oddly placed window controls. Since being revitalized by in 2001, the Mini Cooper has enjoyed tremendous success worldwide as a well-built, fun-to-drive, premium subcompact car. Bodystyles: Hatchback, convertible Engines: 1.
In fact, I found them to be far less user friendly because unlike a standard hatch which requires only one hand to open and close, the double doors require either two hands or two separate steps to fully open or close them. Rear park assist is optional. A final issue I had with the Cooper was visibility out the front of the car. As expected, each trim level receives more equipment as standard, while also gaining more power and a more sporting state of suspension tune. Lineup The 2010 Mini Cooper comes as a two-door hatchback called the hardtop, a four-seat convertible, and a longer-wheelbase wagon called the Clubman. The Clubman does offer significant extra space as compared with a regular-wheelbase Mini Cooper.
Along with the ride, this was something I tired of pretty quickly. The Clubman joined the lineup for 2008 and the convertible was added for 2009. The Mini's heritage dates back to the late 1950s, when it was conceived by the British Motor Corporation to provide the optimum in efficient, minimalist transportation. Multiple rally and touring-car championships, including overall wins at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964 and '67, assured the Mini Cooper's reputation as a small but formidable force in motorsports. It is available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Personalization is a big part of the Mini experience, with a long list of options, from electronics and amenities to aero kits, stripes, and chrome baubles. On the road, the standard Cooper features lively, if not rapid, acceleration and quick steering that gives the impression of a large go-kart.
. It offers a broad range of cars, including the base Cooper that I tested, a higher-performance Cooper S, and a fire-breathing John Cooper Works version. Soon it was adopted by celebrities such as Peter Sellers, who drove one on screen as well as off. Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor As some have already mentioned, the rear doors greatly hinder rear visibility. Violations of copyright will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law.
Still, I think you might be better off with a if you wanted a car in this price range that can fare well during the random weekend trackday and also haul real people in the back seats from time to time. The revived company plays off that heritage by offering high-performance John Cooper Works models that feature more power and tighter suspension. Hardtops get torso-protecting front side airbags and head-protecting curtain side airbags, while convertibles add front seat-mounted head- and torso-protecting airbags and a pop-up rear rollover bar. I have no problem with their function and look, though. That said, Mini could be trying to make itself easier to live with. To view table with complete performance data and technical specifications including final drive and gear ratios, powertrain description, dimensions, accelerations chart etc.
The Mini Cooper survived multiple corporate mergers and disasters; and by the time production finally ended in the 1990s, its pioneering transverse engine mounted sideways, rather than lengthwise, to save space had been imitated by most automakers. The European press are in now, just following my drive. Kind of like a small station wagon, the Clubman has side-opening rear doors and, for entry to the rear seat, a single, rear-hinged door on the passenger's side. All Mini Cooper coupe and Clubman models feature standard front, side, and side curtain airbags. Coopers also have a standard Sport mode that, when selected, sharpens the steering and throttle response. What bugged me most was hitting a bump in a turn while traveling at highway speeds — I felt like the car was hopping in the air, with all four wheels off the ground. Even at idle, the vibrations coming through each pedal were substantial enough to leave my right leg vibrating even after I was no longer behind the wheel.
With the manual transmission, you get an immediate response pulling away from stoplights and when passing in traffic. I must admit though, that they do look really cool and are a way to visually distinguish the Clubman from the shorter, standard Mini. And I wonder if the people who want the Mini styling and attitude but with a little more space will just skip over the Clubman and go straight to the Countryman? Check too many options and the Mini's price can raise quickly from economy-entry to near-luxury levels, but all Minis are well equipped for what you pay. Hear us out — some cars just have inescapable personalities. The suspension is well-tuned for performance. Safety, Reliability, Mileage In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the Mini Cooper earned the highest rating, Good, in frontal-offset tests; Acceptable — the next highest rating — in side-impact tests; and Acceptable in roof-strength tests.