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2010 MINI Cooper Clubman Trims

Base

Avg. Price: $15,153

For 2010 the MINI Cooper Clubman Base represents the value position in the MINI lineup. The Clubman rides on a 10-inch longer platform than the regular Cooper and affords passengers an extra measure of comfort. The MINI brand's trademark razor-sharp handling is very much in evidence, as the Cooper Clubman Base corners with great confidence.

The Cooper Clubman Base is powered by a naturally aspirated (non-turbo) inline four-cylinder (I4) engine. The all-aluminum motor displaces 1.6 liters and makes 118 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. While it revs nicely the small four lacks the boosted verve of its turbocharged cousins. The Clubman Base has rather leisurely acceleration, though its standard six-speed manual gearbox makes the most of the available power with crisp shifting. An optional six-speed automatic transmission makes the MINI experience more accessible but saps power. Fuel economy with either transmission is excellent.

For 2010 Cooper Clubman Base trims get standard cruise control and a newly designed multifunction steering wheel. Power windows and locks with keyless entry are included, as is a decent 6-speaker CD stereo. A full complement of safety features includes standard antilock brakes, six airbags, and stability control.

John Cooper Works

Avg. Price: $20,526

For 2010 MINI lays the full John Cooper Works (JCW) performance treatment on its Cooper Clubman. Designed with a racier buyer in mind, the Clubman JCW gets a powerful turbocharged engine and a revised suspension. The exterior is jazzed up with unique 17-inch "Challenge" alloy wheels and special trim and badges.

The improved power of the Clubman JCW comes courtesy of a re-tuned turbocharged engine. Its 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) pumps out 208 hp (almost twice as much as a base Clubman) and 192 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to the front wheels via a standard limited-slip differential. Shifting duties are accomplished via a standard six-speed manual transmission, which is the only option.

Inside the Clubman John Cooper Works gets unique sport cloth bucket seats, special piano-black dash trim, and aluminum-alloy foot pedals. Standard power accessories, a CD stereo, and remote keyless entry are nice features, and the available options list is long (though expensive).

S

Avg. Price: $17,369

Representing the middle position in its lineup, the 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman S comes with a big performance boost over the Base trim's. The addition of a turbocharger to the 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder provides 172 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Nearly 60 extra horsepower transforms the Clubman's acceleration from vapid to rapid: 0-60 mph takes 6.7 seconds.

The Cooper Clubman S features a four-wheel independent suspension that proves a more-than-willing partner on twisty roads. The chassis tuning (by BMW) is excellent, and its frisky handling is complemented by strong brakes. Safety features are numerous and include antilock control for the brakes, front, side, and curtain airbags, and stability control.

For 2010 the Cooper Clubman S features a host of comfort and convenience features, including standard power accessories, leatherette upholstery, and a CD stereo. A multitude of options can upgrade the Clubman S with real leather, a navigation system, and a two-pane power moonroof.