New 2018 Mini Cooper Clubman Release Date and Review

 

Its practical, refined, and offers high value for the money, however, its middling fuel economy ratings and acceleration are still points of concern. The 2018 Mini Cooper Clubman is for those who like the four-door Mini Cooper but are in need of extra space. The Mini Cooper release date should be expected sometime in the latter half of 2018. 

Some of the highlights that define it include a high-quality cabin, a distinctive style and character, usable backseat and cargo space, abundant customization options, and a nimble handling.

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As expected, there will be those who will often lambaste the Clubman formulae for obvious reasons such as going against the Mini Cooper hallmarks, and those that find the new change welcoming. Some will ponder whether the Mini Clubman is still a Mini given its seemingly different evolutionary path.

For starters who don’t understand the Clubman concept, the new model is by all means a Mini to the roots, but differs in terms of its dimensions that Mini alleges measure 3” wider, and about 10” longer than the Hatchback Cooper. The footprint is also 4” longer. The result of this growth is a practical cargo area, refined and comfortable ride quality, and a truly usable backseat relative to its competition.

Loyalist of the Mini brand also get distinctive design details, cool customization options, ambient multi-color interior lighting, and toggle switches. The 2018 Mini Cooper Clubman interior can be customized to anything unimaginable. The cabin is of high quality and offers plenty of new technologies as well.

In terms of performance, the base engine offers an impressive power output rated at around 134 hp. however, fuel economy ratings get a beating despite its remarkable leadership in the past. The other foible seems to be its pricing. There’s no denying the fact that every Mini Cooper is overly priced relative to the available competition. In all fairness, you’d be better off opting for a German-made vehicle than consider any Mini in terms of value.

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In overall though we still find the 2018 Mini Cooper Clubman fascinating. Alternatives include the 2018 Volkswagen Golf/GTI, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, and the BMW 320i.

2018 Mini Cooper Clubman Review of Trims

The newest Mini Cooper Clubman is offered in two trims: Cooper and Cooper S trim levels.

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Some of the standard accessories offered on the Cooper include a tilt-and-telescopic-leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, automatic headlights and wipers, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, automatic dual-zone climate control, cruise control, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, smartphone app integration, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, a multi-color ambient lighting, driver-selectable vehicle setting, run-flat tires, leatherette upholstery, and the Mini Connected infotainment interface.

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Opting for the Cooper S model gets you adjustable thigh support seventeen-inch wheels, front sport seats, foglights, and extra styling flourishes. Options offered for the two trims include a panoramic sunroof, an automatic parallel parking system, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, auto-diming and power-folding mirrors, a rear spoiler, keyless ignition and entry, various wheel designs, and LED foglights and headlights.

The 2018 Mini Cooper Clubman interior options include a sport steering wheel, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power front seats, a rearview camera, a heads-up display, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, various interior trims, heated front seats, a split-folding rear seat, driver memory settings, full leather upholstery, and rear parking sensors.

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The Mini Cooper Clubman JCW offers rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a navigation system, an eight-inch display, and special design flourishes.

2018 Mini Cooper Clubman Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

The Mini Cooper Clubman 2018 comes equipped with a three-cylinder 1.5L turbocharged engine rated at 134 horsepower and 162 lbs. ft. of torque. Pairing is done to the six-speed manual transmission system and the front wheel drive system. Optionally offered is the six-speed automatic system.

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The top-of-the-line Cooper S model gets a 189-horsepower- and 207 pounds-feet of torque – generating turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine. It, too, gets the same transmission options as the base model.

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EPA rates the fuel economy at around 24/34/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the automatic.

2018 Mini Cooper Clubman Release Date & Price

Rumors allege the new vehicle will most likely go for sale sometime in the latter half of 2018, at least for the USA market.

The 2018 Mini Cooper Clubman price starts from an MSRP of around $24,100.

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