For 2009, the MINI Cooper Clubman, a two-door hatchback with room for four passengers, now offers the John Cooper Works package factory-installed, which includes a turbocharged engine, more powerful transmission, sportier suspension, upgraded brakes and revised interior and exterior styling. The base trim is powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that produces 118 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque, while the S trim employs a turbocharged version of the same engine that generates 172 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, and the John Cooper Works pumps 208 hp and 192 lb-ft out of the turbocharged engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic with manual shift control is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the base trim is 28 mpg city/37 mpg hwy, while the S and Works get 26 mpg city/34 mpg hwy. Cooper Clubman standard safety features include antilock disc brakes and stability control. The base trim is a good day-to-day commuter car, while the S and Works trims provide additional power that makes them better suited for cargo loads and livelier driving.Read more Read less
For 2009, MINI returns its popular Cooper in all its forms--2-door hardtop, convertible, and Clubman wagon. While the hardtop received a redesign in 2007 and the Clubman adopted that car's second-generation styling on its 2008 introduction, the convertible gets its facelift for 2009. Styling is in keeping with the rest of the MINI lineup. The most exciting new addition for 2009 is the John Cooper Works package, currently available on the hardtop and Clubman, with convertible availability likely coming later in the year. The John Cooper Works ups the performance capability of the MINI with a 207-hp version of the MINI's 1.6L 4-cylinder engine, bigger disc brakes, a stiffer sport suspension and 17-inch alloys. The JCW hardtop starts at $28,550, while the JCW Clubman is priced at $30,800.
Retro good looks; fuel economy; agile handling; high performance from both S and John Cooper Works models
The MINI Cooper is one of the most exciting and stylish cars on the market. All models offer fun, agile handling. The base model features excellent fuel economy at 30 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, while the convertible allows for carefree, top-down motoring at the push of a button. The Cooper S brings serious performance to the MINI lineup, and the Clubman adds extra space for sharing the MINI motoring experience with friends. The new John Cooper Works package adds performance tweaks to turn the already go-kart-like MINI into the hottest hatchback on the road.