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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The graphics package included on CNET's test car is one of many that can be added.

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All Minis have good handling characteristics, but the John Cooper Works Clubman pushes it further, handling tight corners at high speed.

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The rear hospital doors open out to either side, making it easier to get to the cargo area in smaller garages.

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The John Cooper Works Clubman deserves its place as a premium small car due to the quality materials in the cabin.

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Mini uses a well-tuned electric power steering unit for boost, which doesn't interfere with road feel.

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The tachometer sits in a pod on the steering column.

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With the Mini Connected and navigation options, a 6.5-inch color screen gets inset into the speedometer.

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The base transmission is a six-speed manual, which shifts very smoothly.

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The Sport button remaps the throttle for more aggressive behavior.

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This knob sits behind the shifter, and controls everything on the car's LCD.

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Mini Connected, which adds this LCD, is a $1,000 option. Getting navigation costs an extra $750.

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The maps show in perspective and 2D views, but the color scheme is ugly.

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The navigation system includes traffic.

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Selecting music from a connected iPod is made difficult by this interface.

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The Mini Connected app adds features such as Twitter, Google Search, and Web radio to the infotainment system.

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Entering a search term through the Google feature returns a list of local businesses, which can be pushed to the navigation system.

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This feature encourages economical driving, using a goldfish bowl graphic to show when you are braking or accelerating hard.

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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.

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The Mini Connected app also lets you look up addresses on Google and send them to the car.

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