This is not your grandfather’s wood-paneled, road-hogging station wagon. This is the 2024 Mini Cooper Clubman JCW, and its compact body hides a sporty chassis underneath, while behind its retro-cute face masks a fiery 302-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This is a wagon meant more for hauling ass than hauling cargo, however, compact hatchbacks like the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R offer a similar amount of space inside. It’s meant to be a more practical version of the Mini Cooper JCW and by that yardstick, it’s successful. The Clubman JCW is a delight to drive on a twisty back road and its powerful engine has plenty of snarl. The ride is firm, which may turn off some drivers—but for them, the standard Clubman S (reviewed separately) may offer the better balance of comfort and athleticism they’re looking for.
What’s new for 2024?
The Clubman JCW won’t see any significant changes for 2024, but Mini has said that the Untold Edition model that was supposed to last one year until 2023 will be included in the lineup for a second year.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The Cooper Clubman JCW requires a big investment for such a small car, so we’ll take it easy on the options. Upgrading to the Signature trim brings 18-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, a Harman/Kardon audio system, and a panoramic sunroof. You also get in-dash navigation, Apple CarPlay and a digital gauge display. It is a good package for the price.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The JCW upgrade from the mid-range S model is nothing to scoff at: The S has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 189 horsepower, but the JCW is a beefier cut with 302 horsepower. The Clubman’s longer wheelbase is more adept at handling bumps and pavement imperfections than the shorter Cooper model, making it more comfortable for road trips. That advantage vanishes as soon as JCW sees Clubman to perform. Its low and stiff suspension makes the ride brittle, which makes it less than enjoyable as a daily driver. The steering is heavy and sharp, and turn-in is precise, but it’s not quite the go-karting feel we’ve come to expect from Minis.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Even with its performance aspirations, the Clubman JCW still gets decent fuel economy, claiming 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. And while we haven’t tested the Clubman’s turbo four on our 75-mph highway test route, know that the less-powered 2019 model bettered its EPA rating in the real world, returning a 32-mpg. Got result. For more information on the fuel economy of the Clubman JCW, visit EPA website,
Interior, Comfort & Cargo
While some may be turned off by the Clubman’s unorthodox interior setup, there’s no denying that this car detracts from the Clubman’s blandtastic styling. subaru outback, Cabin materials aren’t up to snuff with the entry-luxury pricing, but this car’s unique layout and offbeat design make up for some of it. Those who appreciate it will likely dig the aircraft-style toggle switches, checkered-flag accents, and the in-your-face circular infotainment surround. Those not easily pleased will feel some frustration with the difficult-to-read gauge cluster, awkwardly placed infotainment rotary-knob controller and cheap surfaces. What this car gains in style points, it loses in practicality. The Clubman’s side-hinged rear doors and fold-flat back seats make it easy for owners to load stuff into the cargo area. However, there’s not a lot of room for all that stuff, because this Mini is, well, a Mini. Cabin compartments are similarly stingy, with storage space for a phone and nothing else. However, a spacious bin under the cargo floor provides some added utility.
Infotainment & Connectivity
Like most things with the Clubman, you’ll have to hand over the cash if you want decent infotainment content. With the Touchscreen Navigation package, buyers can equip their cars with Apple CarPlay capability and navigation. The standard system is equipped with voice control and Bluetooth connectivity.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
a basic suite of driver-assistance features Comes standard, but buyers seeking more high-tech features will need to add the Driver Assistance Package. For more information on the crash-test results of the Clubman JCW, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTA).NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHSWebsites. Key security features include:
- standard automatic emergency braking
- standard lane departure warning
- available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Minis offer slightly better warranties than many other small cars. Only Volvo and sister brands bmw Matches the Mini’s schedule of three years of included scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance covered for three years or 36,000 miles
2020 Mini Cooper Clubman John Cooper Works All4
Front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
Turbocharged and intercooled 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
122 cubic inches, 1998 cc
302 HP @ 6250 rpm
332 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase: 105.1 Inch
Length: 168.0 inches
Width: 70.9 inches
Height: 56.7 inches
Passenger Volume: 93 cu ft
Cargo Volume: 18 cu ft
Curb Weight: 3600 lb
Display (CD EST)
Zero to 60 mph: 4.7 seconds
Zero to 100 mph: 12.1 seconds
Lasting ¼-mile: 13.5 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph
EPA Fuel Economy (CD EST)
Combined/City/Highway: 25/23/29 mpg
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