The 2016 Cooper Clubman is, at least, an interesting addition to the Mini lineup lately, which has been quite shy. While there are great hatchbacks on the market at really competing prices, this model remains week in terms of attractive offers.
Many optional packages available makes the 2016 Cooper Clubman and its upgraded variant very interesting, but still, there add an extra buck on the already inadequate base price. At the end of the day, this is an excellent hatchback, built under rigid quality standards. It comes to a matter of pure taste.
Let’s see some of the main highlights about the new 2016 Cooper Clubman.
Drivetrain and Specs
The 2016 Cooper Clubman packs a turbocharged DOHC 12-valve 1.5 L inline-3 engine, capable of producing up to 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of maximum torque. There is an upgraded variant for this model, which is the Cooper S Clubman, featuring a turbocharged DOHC 16-valve 2.0 L inline-4, which generates 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.
In terms of transmission, there are two gearboxes available: a 6-speed manual and an 8-speed automatic with manual shifting. The performance greatly varies between these two models. The base one goes from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 8.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 127 mph (204 km/h). The 2016 Cooper S Clubman, thanks to its significantly better specs can go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 6.7, topping at 142 mph (229 km/h).
The fuel consumption is above average, throwing numbers around 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg at the highway for the base model. When it comes to the S version, the efficiency drops bit little, to 22 and 32 mpg respectively for city and highway.
This front-wheel drive features a light clutch and a spontaneous shifter in manual setups, which makes the driving experience amusing. The electric-assisted steering feels a little bit remote. For the weight, the 2016 Cooper Clubman has around of 3100 lb (1406 kg). For the suspension, this vehicle has a strut layout in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear.
Design and Form
The 2016 Cooper Clubman is quite fascinating, this time in terms of design. As all the known Mini models, this shares the trademark factions. To mark the prudential distance, this model is the longest and widest model offered by this car maker. This has allowed the Clubman to deliver one of the most generous spaces inside the cockpit, among other models in the line-up.
The rear end hasn’t the highest sex appeal, but the front fascia features a highly polished finish in comparison with other Mini models. The 2016 Cooper Clubman do not offer more than expected, just the appropriate for its segment. Front bucket seats upholstered with cloth and leatherette for the base version while the S version enjoys Indigo Blue leather with diamond-stitches.
Nice toys like speed-sensitive rain-detecting wipers and engine auto stop-start are present as standard. Options are abundant. The Sport Package comes with LED headlights, 18-inch star spoke wheels exclusive for the S version, 17-inch vent spoke aluminum wheels for the base model, and Dynamic Damper Control.
Also, the Technology Package features the following: Parking sensors, a navigation system, and a backup camera. Lastly, the Premium Package includes the keyless entry feature, a Harman/Kardon audio system, and a panoramic sunroof.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Cooper Clubman are just for Mini supporters. The unique style has its upside downs, making the form a matter of taste. The base price starts at US$24.950 for the base model while the S version comes with a price tag starting at US$28.500.