The yellow signal on the curve says 25 miles per hour, however the head-up show within the 2017 Mini Cooper Clubman, in John Cooper Works trim (JCW), reveals 50 mph, and I really feel there’s room to push it additional.

I am unable to really feel this JCW Clubman’s all-wheel-drive kick in, however by successive turns the tires squeal delightfully, and the automobile would not punish me for attempting out path braking and different dealing with methods. That is enjoyable.

Nevertheless, I am reminded that this new Clubman is far larger than the era launched in 2007, an entire foot longer total. Whereas meaning a cargo space that may carry greater than a single curler bag, it additionally means a much less agile automobile. As with the new Countryman, Mini unrepentantly brags about its new bigness.

The Mini Clubman mannequin has grown nearly a foot in size during the last 10 years.


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Mini launched this new era Clubman for the 2016 mannequin yr, providing the choice of all-wheel-drive. Now, the Mini’s John Cooper Works efficiency division acquired a crack at it, releasing the 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman. Mini All4 all-wheel-drive system comes normal, as does the turbocharged 2.Zero-liter 4 cylinder engine, tuned to 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Mini makes a six pace handbook transmission normal, and costs an additional $1,750 for an eight-speed computerized transmission. I had the latter, and admittedly did not remorse it.

That may’t actually be stated for the $2,250 Know-how package deal, as I grew to hate the navigation system’s route steering.

The Know-how package deal wraps in navigation, site visitors information, wi-fi cellphone charging, a head-up show and ultrasonic parking distance sensors. There’s a lot I like about this expertise package deal. The top-up show does a great job of exhibiting pace and route steering. The infotainment system reveals up on a vivid, Eight.Eight-inch show, which works by contact or a console-mounted oblique controller.

On this newest model of Mini’s infotainment system, the corporate simplified the primary menu to only six gadgets, making it simpler to make use of. The vacation spot entry display screen features a fast search function, so I did not should dig by points-of-interest classes or tediously enter a avenue deal with one half at a time. Sadly, the instance I drove didn’t have Apple CarPlay, a function popping out within the 2018 mannequin yr vehicles. And hard luck Android customers, Mini follows its dad or mum firm BMW in not providing Android Auto help.

The navigation system got here up with some very unusual route recommendations.


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What ended up infuriating me in regards to the JCW Clubman was its route planning. For instance, I requested it to get me from Sausalito to San Francisco. As an alternative of the fast, 11 mile route throughout the Golden Gate Bridge, it plotted a 35 mile route by Berkeley. After I pressured it to go the way in which I needed, the site visitors wasn’t dangerous, and I might see no cause why it needed the longer, much less scenic route. A number of different situations of bizarre route planning had me fuming, and I used to be glad I knew the world, as this navigation could be a nightmare in unfamiliar terrain.

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