Review of Mini Clubman 2008
They have planned for 100,000 global sales each year. Last year, they sold 222,000 and production is being increased to 260,000.
So thousands of people love it, and a fair percentage of them are youthful things that brands market.
But a lot of young things now are young parents. And when you have kids, Mini doesn’t have much fun.
It has trouble having a big stroller plus other trucks carrying babies into the cargo section, especially if you have a capsule in the back seat. And get foam into capsules for a short course in pilates muscle pain. When they were sucked into the baby seat, it was very similar, except for the heavier child.
So here, the Mini Clubman Club, with a longer wheelbase and body, and a suicide door on the driver’s side to provide additional access to the backseat.
That it was on the driver’s side, on the one hand was a transfer from the left-hand drive market, and there, there was a little grumbling about the door that opened in traffic. But really, unless you have parallel parking all the time, it probably won’t matter.
The Clubman is identical to the hardtop up to column A, but is 239mm longer and 80mm extended wheelbase (equivalent to 77mm more space).
Instead of the soft Hardtop arch structure, the Clubman roof has a vertical line running to the spoiler above the back door, with contrasting colors that hinder the wooden frame on the first Minis.
The back door is a pair of cups – rather than hatching on new hardtop – that loses a little in reality. But the BMW Lam Mini is always stylish, so buyers may have won the mind, especially when they get 260 liters of cargo capacity, 85 more than a hardtop, plus an extra 250 if seated back seat. There is an under-floor storage area where the wheels will be, as the Clubman is equipped with runways on the range.
Taillights are attached to the body, so they can still be seen from behind when the door is opened.
To accentuate its flashiness, the newcomer brings a new color to the range, Hot Chocolate, which is very fashionable at the moment but risks being so five minutes ago in about five minutes.
But on the other hand, there are the same number of paint and interior combinations and options available on other models.
And like them, Clubman appears as Cooper or Cooper S with an additional choice that fits Chilli for each.
There are similar front-wheel drivetrains. The Coopers get the 88kW / 160Nm four-cylinder 1.6-liter, reaching speeds of 100km / h in 9.8 seconds for the six-speed manual and 10.9 for the $ 2,200 six-speed auto with paddle shifting, and has a top speed of 210km / h and claims fuel consumption of 6.0L and 6.8L respectively.
The “ Tight ” gets a 1.6-liter 126kW / 240Nm turbo engine, with acceleration increased to 7.6 seconds for manual and 7.8 for automatic, with a maximum speed of 224km / h and economy is posted at 7.0L and 7.8L.
Cooper’s standard equipment list for $ 34,400 includes 16 alloy wheels, stability and traction control, anti-skid system with brake force distribution, six airbags, parking warning and amenities. In conventional cabins, the color of the ambient light can be changed, which has affected the hardtop.
The $ 43,200 Cooper S has 17 alloys, bonnet scoops, sport buttons to increase steering and throttle feel and shorten shift times, bigger front brakes, dual chrome exhaust tips and fog lights. front,
Splitting an additional $ 3800 for the Chillli specs adds things like a front armrest, a flat cargo floor, wheel upgrade and Bluetooth with a USB / audio interface for Cooper, and xenon headlights, sports suspension , better wheels and climate control for the Cooper S.
A number of options and option packs upgrade to leather, sunroof, TV / nav and more storage options, so you can make sure your Mini is different from your neighbors.
But with any specifications, Clubman is still a niche segment. BMW sold just under 2300 Minis last year in Australia and is expected to top it plus the sale of about 300 Clubman units this year.
BMW spokesman Alexander Corne acknowledged that the new arrival was initially expected to be snatched up by current owners. That basically means that 300 households have won over another brand just because they no longer fit their current Mini. Which is probably the whole idea.
On the road
Suicide doors make it easier to throw pockets or passengers into the back seat, but just need. The door was quite narrow, but at least on that side, it was no longer the hated hatred that crossed the front row.
The cabin is a more luxurious design than ever: the Groovy toggle switches are spaced between their tiny scroll bars, funny shapes to dash and decorate, and the speed of an entrée plate. We felt a few degrees cooler since we slipped in there.
As with other body designs, the Clubman drivetrain is well suited to the job, with Cooper’s flat torque curve and the S S early turbo thrust providing them with plenty of thrust.
But with a longer wheelbase and a weight of more than 80kg, the equivalent of adding another adult in Clubman, they had a little extra work.
It is most evident in a combination of a Cooper engine and an automatic transmission, where you discover that the automatic mode is best suited for urban traffic or traveling on comfortable highways.
The manual and sporty manual modes have turned the required zip out of the engine even though the paddles with their up / down pull action are more awkward than up and down paddles.
But the manual transmission is such a small thing that is so changeable that even with the Cooper engine, it brings a lot of fun, while adding to the turbo version, it is an absolute joy.
But if the longer Mini isn’t nimble around tight corners, it’s also less prone to twitching at the faster ones and seems more calm on tougher roads.
It still felt like a hot hatch, but the heat was less than hell. It’s not a family car, but it’s almost like you’ll be in a Mini.