When seen by means of the lens of practicality, the 2022 Mini Cooper Clubman doesn’t measure up to its supposed rivals, all of which are larger, but it’s a fun-to-drive option in a shrinking station-wagon segment. Around the back, the cool side-hinged doors open to a cargo area that’s bigger than what you’ll find in the standard Cooper hatchback. In fact, the Clubman boasts nearly as much cargo space as the Countryman SUV. A 189-hp turbocharged four-cylinder provides perky acceleration, and all-wheel drive is available as an option. The front-drive Clubman’s base price puts it in the same ballpark as the more rugged Subaru Outback, but start adding options and you could edge up against luxury-branded wagons such as the Audi A4 Allroad and Volvo V60, both of which deliver more space.
What’s New for 2022?
All Clubman models now come with a year of free SiriusXM satellite radio, a larger 8.8-inch infotainment display, and lane-departure warning. Models equipped with the Signature Trim package receive in-dash navigation with real-time traffic updates and Apple CarPlay integration. Plus, two new colors join the options list: Island Blue and Rooftop Gray.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Cooper S Clubman
Cooper S Clubman All4
Unless you need the All4’s all-wheel-drive grip for traveling in inclement weather, we’d recommend the front-drive S Clubman, which comes nicely equipped. The Cooper S Clubman travels on 17-inch wheels fitted with run-flat tires, and it boasts automatic projector-beam LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and heated power-adjustable side mirrors. The cabin is home to luxuries like heated front seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, and push-button ignition. You also get keyless entry. This Mini boasts several driver-assistance features as standard, such as forward-collision warning and rear parking sensors.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
All 2022 Mini Cooper S Clubman All4 models are motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 189 horsepower. Mini pairs this powerplant with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive. In our tests, a Cooper S Clubman with the previous-gen eight-speed automatic transmission dashed to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds; with all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual, the car took 7.3 seconds to reach 60. Those numbers make it quicker than the Fiat 500L, which completed the run in 8.0 seconds. The Cooper S Clubman scores high marks for its athletic handling, but this sometimes comes at the expense of ride comfort. If you’re looking for a Mini wagon that offers an even higher level of performance, check out the Cooper Clubman John Cooper Works, which we review separately.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The most efficient Mini Cooper S Clubman manages 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. All-wheel-drive models take a small hit in fuel economy, achieving 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. During our time with an S Clubman, we observed 27 mpg. For more information about the Clubman’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Cooper S Clubman provides a cabin with solid build quality and eye-catching design. The display in the center stack sits in a circular housing that mimics the car’s cheerful round headlights. The cabin looks whimsical and upbeat, and the materials are top notch. Despite the car’s small footprint, there’s a decent amount of room available for passengers in both rows. With all seats in place, the Cooper S Clubman provides 13 cubic feet of cargo space. This expands to 44 with the rear seats lowered. That’s a lot less room than you’ll get with some competitors. For example, the Subaru Outback delivers 33 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seat and 76 with it lowered.
Infotainment and Connectivity
A six-speaker AM / FM sound system comes standard, as do an auxiliary input jack and streaming audio. Also, all models have Bluetooth connectivity, which usually means you can make and receive phone calls without taking your hands off the wheel. The list of tech options includes integrated navigation, wireless device charging, and an upgraded Harman / Kardon sound system. Apple CarPlay capability is optional for those who want to easily hook up their iPhones to the interface, but Android users are out of luck.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Mini has equipped this wagon with some desirable driver-assistance features. Unfortunately, though, blind-spot monitoring isn’t among them. For more information about the Clubman’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Mini’s warranty coverage is competitive, and its three years of included scheduled maintenance is generous for this segment. Subaru doesn’t cover any service visits.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles