Complaints of significant torque steer in the Clubman S from the 2010 model should be alleviated somewhat, as a new software system minimizes the issue. The car has a striking appearance and exhibits very fun handling. Although the Clubman version is slightly bigger than the standard Cooper, its extra weight and length take little away from the handling. The Web radio feature lets you tune in to just about any radio station in the world with an Internet stream. The Good The new Mini Connected app brings integrated Google search and Pandora to the 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman John Cooper Works. On the other hand automatic's paddle shifters serve adequately for spirited driving, while taking away the hassle of shifting on the morning commute. Show full review Vehicle Overview Mini stretched the length of its Cooper by 9.
It gets jolted over hard bumps, but delivers a reasonably smooth ride over most pavement. Hear us out — some cars just have inescapable personalities. The Clubman has many color combinations, as well as options like checkered side mirrors and a Union Jack roof. At a stop, the track may start up a light percussion beat. Through some limitation of the software, you can only have one of the app's audio sources at a time. Probably the most useful feature of Mini Connected is Google Search. The base model has a bit of trouble at high altitudes getting up steep hills so I definitely recommend the 6 speed manual, plus the S inevitably will have more problems than the base.
Regular maintenance has been done as well. Otherwise it feels and drives just like the regular, fun-to-drive Mini. The Bottom Line The 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman John Cooper Works is very fun to drive and offers useful connected cabin tech. A round key fob replaces a standard key and doubles as the remote power door lock control. Score one for the, yes, family dude. The exciting 207-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder of the John Cooper Works model is available as both a coupe and as a convertible.
The car's basic, six-speaker audio system produces decent sound, but Mini lets you upgrade to a 480-watt 10-speaker system, which includes 5. The electric auxiliary water pump may fail and cause the circuit board to overheat. Unlike Web radio, the dynamic music feature doesn't stream music. The Web radio feature includes a few channels from Mini, plus hundreds of other streamed radio stations. Also included in the package are stability and traction control, special exterior and interior appointments and supportive sport seats. Upgrades to the base kit are endless: checked cloth or pinstripe leather upholstery; American or British flag roof decals; painted wheels; white-capped mirrors; chrome and color choices for interior panels; and a wide range of sizes and styles of alloy wheels. High-speed handling Mini Connected is available across Mini's model lineup, so what does John Cooper Works add to the Cooper Clubman? The Clubman S adds several sportier cues to the exterior, including new brake ducts up front and different wheels.
Performance has never been a problem for the Cooper range, and the larger Clubman is no exception. The real low points of the Mini are its electronics interface, which isn't particularly intuitive, and the horrible-looking maps. Bumps, potholes, and broken pavement can reverse the equation, however, for the Sport package cars. The Clubman comes in two trim levels, the Cooper and turbocharged Cooper S. Instrumentation and console layout, with an assortment of dials, knobs, switches, is certainly unorthodox yet works well and actually makes a lot of sense, i. The Mini Connected option also adds Pandora integration as an audio source, but there's a twist. A wacky, large, and optimistic 160-mph speedometer is mounted in the center of the dash and does share a link to the past, but it's as much a distraction as an instrument, the large plastic lens casting glare.
But it doesn't put the Clubman in the same league as a , or even an. . The base powertrain across the range is a normally aspirated 1. The color scheme on the map doesn't seem designed for easy comprehension. It matches the rear bumper and, if desired, the roof. The John Cooper Works Clubman has the same turbo engine with different computer controls that give a bit more power. Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead.
Therefore, an owner notification letter will not be issued for this campaign. The seats were comfortable and heat up within moments option. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. New design elements for 2011 include redesigned tail lights an a new rear bumper, plus a revised interior that takes away some of the chrome in favor of more matte black. Performance add-ons include 16-, 17-, and 18-inch wheels, as well as the range of John Cooper Works underhood tweaks. And when braking at speed, the car gets unsettled, requiring some corrective wheel work.
Tech specs Model 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman Trim John Cooper Works Power train Turbocharged direct-injection 1. The Clubman is a longer version of the regular Mini, with a larger backseat and more cargo space, but it seats just four. The front brakes are robust, but the rear brakes may be a little skimpy when trying to keep the car grounded. Each version of the Cooper Clubman Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works has a variation of a 1. Despite the updates, proportions and overall profile remain true to the original Mini wagon variants including the Countryman and Traveller. The Mini Connected app vaults the car's cabin tech forward, giving it Internet-based music sources and Google search. I have driven it to the ski hill countless times and with the right tires, it did just fine even in white outs.
With the phone connected to the car, the dynamic track will play, changing appropriately depending on the driving speed. New design elements for 2011 include redesigned tail lights an a new rear bumper, plus a revised interior that takes away some of the chrome in favor of more matte black. The base powertrain across the range is a normally aspirated 1. Unfortunately, just like the regular Cooper, the Clubman takes premium fuel with either engine. This unique feature first requires you to download one of 10 custom tracks to the Mini Connected app.