2011 MINI Cooper Clubman Review

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This company was acquired by BMW in 1994 and in 2000 group was broken by BMW retaining Mini Brand. Mini's Clubman is an estate car introduced in 2008. For 2011 model Mini Cooper Clubman is offered with powerful powertrain, modified steering, optional adaptive headlights and minor interior and exterior updates. Even this small car competes with Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Mazda 3 and Volvo C30 in terms of price and other features. National base price of 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman is around $ 21, 100 which excludes destination charges.

Styles and Trim Levels:

2011 Mini Cooper Clubman is a two door and four-seat sedan with reverse opening rear door. This compact car is available with three trim levels which include Base Cooper, Sportier Cooper S and top trim John Cooper Works.

Base trim Base Cooper is offered with full power accessories, 15 inch alloy wheel, air conditioner, full power accessories, leather upholstery, cruise control, keyless entry, tilt and telescopic steering column, trip computer, audio system with six Speakers, HD radio, CD player, AUX-IN pin and satellite radio and leather wrapped multimedia steering wheels.

2011 Cooper S trim is added with more powerful engine, 16 inch wheels, fog lights, dual exhausts, fog lights, dual exhausts, firmer suspension tuning, alloy pedals and sport seats. Top trim John Cooper Works variant is armored with even more powerful engine, Brembo brakes, 17 inch wheels and cloth upholstery. Firmer suspension system and limited slip differential can be offered with Cooper S and John Cooper Works trims.

Cooper is armored with plenty of optional features which are bundled into packages. Major optional features are xenon headlamps, automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, Harman Kardon stereo system with 10 speakers, I-pod interface, Bluetooth connectivity, heated front seats and automatic climate control. Other optional features include rear parking sensors, cloth or leather upholstery, different wheels, navigation system, different interior fabrics and trims.

Engine and Performance:

2011 Mini Cooper Clubman's base trim is armored with 1.6 L capacity inline 4 engine. Cooper S trim is armored with turbocharged engine with four cylinders, this powertrain is capable of generating 181 HP of power and 177 lb-ft of torque. Top trim John Cooper Work's power source is capable of generating 208 HP of power and 192 lb-ft of torque. Cooper S and Base Cooper's engine is mated with six speed manual gear transmission and six speed automatic transmission with manual shift control as optional feature. John Cooper Work's engine is mated with six speed manual transmission.

Base Models Specifications:

  • Engine size: 1.6 L
  • Camshaft type: Double overhead cam (DOHC)
  • Cylinders: inline 4
  • Valves: 16
  • Valve timing: Variable
  • Torque: 114 ft-Pounds at 4250 RPM
  • Horsepower: 121 HP at 6000 RPM
  • Turning circle: 36.1 feet


Base Cooper's with manual gear transmission

  • City: 27 MPG
  • Highway: 35 MPG
  • Combined: 31 MPG

Base Cooper's with Automatic gear transmission

  • City: 27 MPG
  • Highway: 36 MPG
  • Combined: 30 MPG

Cooper S with manual gear transmission

  • City: 27 MPG
  • Highway: 36 MPG
  • Combined: 30 MPG

Cooper S variant with manual gear transmission

  • City: 26 MPG
  • Highway: 43MPG
  • Combined: 29 MPG

John Cooper Works

  • City: 25 MPG
  • Highway: 33MPG
  • Combined: 28 MPG

Interior and Exterior:

One of the main advantages of Cooper Clubman over regular Mini is its rear seat legroom. Cooper Clubman's rear seat access doors are much easier to reach due to its position. Interior of this sedan is particularly larger for average adults. Luggage compartment of this car is quiet good and 50 percent larger than regular Mini car. However luggage space can be increased by folding rear seat. Like regular Mini car even Cooper Clubman is offered with retro inspired controls and oddly placed stereo control knobs have been rectified which presents attractive looks and easier operation. Some of the convenience features offered with this model are front console with storage compartment, rear and front cup holders. Manual rear seat easy entry, front seat back storage, electric speed proportion power steering and remote trunk release. Interior options available with 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman are cargo net, MINI connected navigation system, color rooster red interior trim, carbon black interior shade, Gravity leather, Punch leather, Lounge Leather and central arm rest.



  • Width: 66.3 inch
  • Height: 56.1 inch
  • Length: 155.9 inch
  • Front track: 57.4 inch
  • Rear track: 57.8 inch
  • Wheel base: 100.3 inch
  • Cargo capacity: 17.0 Cubic Feet
  • EPA interior volume: 97.0 Cubic Feet
  • Gross weight: 0.32 inch
  • Curb weight: 2712 Pounds
  • Front head room: 39.0 inch
  • Front leg room: 41.4 inch
  • Front shoulder room: 53.1 inch
  • Rear head room: 37.7 inch
  • Rear leg room: 32.3 inch
  • Rear shoulder room: 44.9 inch


2011 Mini Cooper Clubman is armored with ample safety and security features which include front and rear head airbags, four wheel ABS, dual front side mounted airbags, ventilated front disc or solid rear disc brakes, auto delay off head lamps, two rear headrests, two front head rests, front seat belt pretensioner, traction control, emergency interior seatback release, post collusion safety system, front height adjustable headrests, emergency interior seatback release, stability control, Dynamic traction control, child seat anchors, anti theft alarm system, emergency braking assist and park distance control.


Suspension System:

  • Front: McPherson struts with stabilizer bar
  • Rear: Multi link with stabilizer bar
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This article was published on 2010/12/10