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2013 Mini Cooper Clubman and Clubvan Preview

7/26/2013
Fast Facts:
  • Bluetooth connectivity now standard
  • Front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • EPA-estimated to achieve up to 35 mpg on the highway
  • Base, S, and John Cooper Works (JCW) trim levels
  • Free scheduled maintenance for 3 years/36,000 miles
  • Up to 32.8 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seats folded
  • Newly available cargo van model

Introduction
Essentially an elongated version of the Mini Cooper Hardtop, the 2-door Clubman combines the Mini brand's signature styling with up to 32.8 cubic feet of cargo space. For 2013, the Mini Cooper Clubman has added Bluetooth connectivity in lieu of standard satellite radio service, and a new 2-passenger Clubvan debuts for buyers with more utilitarian needs.

Exterior Features
The base 2013 Mini Cooper Clubman features 15-inch alloy wheels, right-side access door, barn-style rear doors, power-adjustable outside mirrors, and black or silver rear pillars. Designers have added a bit more visual flair to the Clubman S courtesy of 16-inch alloy wheels, mesh grille insert, chrome fuel door, and fog lights; John Cooper Works (JCW) variants are further distinguished by a hood scoop, 17-inch alloy wheels, unique dual exhaust tips, and a lower body kit.

Unlike the Clubman models, the 2013 Clubvan is equipped with opaque rear window panels that provide extra security for the cargo area, and all of the exterior trim is body-colored.

Interior Features
The interior of the 2013 Mini Cooper Clubman is home to manual front seats with 6-way adjustment, LED accent lighting, leatherette upholstery, tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, push-button start, cooled glovebox, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 50/50 split-folding rear seat. A 6-speaker sound system is also standard, and includes a USB port and HD Radio service.

When decked out in S trim, the 2013 Clubman features front sport seats, black-checkered dash design, and aluminum foot pedals, whereas the Clubman JCW goes a few steps further with cloth upholstery, piano black dash, anthracite headliner, satellite radio, and a red-accented gear shift knob.

Compared with these models, the Clubvan's interior is relatively barren. An aluminum and stainless steel mesh panel separates the passenger and carpeted cargo areas, tie-downs adorn the flat load floor, and front seats are draped in basic black upholstery. Interestingly, Mini claims the Clubvan's cargo area measures 30.3 cubic feet, which is less than the 32.8 cubic feet reported for the Clubman.

Optional Features
Buyers familiar with the Mini brand know that personalization is a big part of ownership, and is something fostered by a wide assortment of options. These include specific trim packages--Green Park, Hyde Park, Bond Street, White Silver Edition--that upgrade the Clubman with different roof and interior colors, exterior stripes, and in some cases, unique alloy wheels.

Depending on which trim level is selected, the 2013 Clubman can also be equipped with JCW interior and exterior packages, leather upholstery, or a Technology package boasting a premium audio system and an infotainment system linked to a 6.5-inch center display screen. Mini offers other packages that include amenities such as rear park-assist sensors, navigation system, HID headlights, heated front seats, and auto-dimming rearview mirrors.

Under the Hood
Mini equips the base Clubman and all-new Clubvan with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 121 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels, while the Clubman S benefits from a turbocharger that boosts output to 181 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. In JCW form, additional tuning produces 208 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque, all of which is complemented by upgraded suspension and braking systems.

Each model is available with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, with the latter offering steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters on Clubman S and JCW models.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mini Cooper Clubman and Clubvan are:
  • Clubman and Clubvan with manual transmission: 27/35/30 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Clubman and Clubvan with automatic transmission: 27/35/30 mpg
  • Clubman S and JCW with manual transmission: 26/35/29 mpg
  • Clubman S and JCW with automatic transmission: 26/34/29 mpg

Safety
The 2013 Mini Clubman and Clubvan's notable safety features include 6 air bags, cornering brake control, traction control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, and available dynamic traction control.

As this preview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the crashworthiness of the 2013 Mini Cooper Clubman or Clubvan.

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