For 2011, Mini is offering its John Cooper Works package on the Clubman, the slightly longer version of the Mini Cooper hatchback. This package adds 27 horsepower and a dynamic traction control feature.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The Mini Clubman retains the looks of the Cooper hatchback in front, but gets a rear half door on the passenger side and hospital doors in back.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
A slightly bigger turbo and a different engine program gives the John Cooper Works Clubman extra horsepower, but it still gets very good fuel economy.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The Clubman looks substantially longer than the Cooper hatchback, but there is not all that much more room inside. It is easier to get in the rear seats.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The graphics package included on CNET's test car is one of many that can be added.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
All Minis have good handling characteristics, but the John Cooper Works Clubman pushes it further, handling tight corners at high speed.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The rear hospital doors open out to either side, making it easier to get to the cargo area in smaller garages.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The John Cooper Works Clubman deserves its place as a premium small car due to the quality materials in the cabin.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
Mini uses a well-tuned electric power steering unit for boost, which doesn't interfere with road feel.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The tachometer sits in a pod on the steering column.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
With the Mini Connected and navigation options, a 6.5-inch color screen gets inset into the speedometer.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The base transmission is a six-speed manual, which shifts very smoothly.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The Sport button remaps the throttle for more aggressive behavior.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
This knob sits behind the shifter, and controls everything on the car's LCD.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
Mini Connected, which adds this LCD, is a $1,000 option. Getting navigation costs an extra $750.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The maps show in perspective and 2D views, but the color scheme is ugly.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The navigation system includes traffic.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
Selecting music from a connected iPod is made difficult by this interface.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The Mini Connected app adds features such as Twitter, Google Search, and Web radio to the infotainment system.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
Entering a search term through the Google feature returns a list of local businesses, which can be pushed to the navigation system.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
This feature encourages economical driving, using a goldfish bowl graphic to show when you are braking or accelerating hard.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The home screen for the Mini Connected app is useful when it isn't connected to the car, as it shows how much gas you have.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
The Mini Connected app also lets you look up addresses on Google and send them to the car.

Back to review.

Updated:
Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET / Caption by:
Hot Galleries

CNET's Holiday Gift Guide

Tablets that put your TV to shame

Binge-watch your favorite episodes on these portable screens.

Hot Products