Mini Clubman JCW

Pseudo estate gets the John Cooper Works treatment

Evo rating
  • More composed ride and handling
  • It’s no looker

The John Cooper Works Clubman is the hatchback Mini JCW’s ugly twin. It packs the same 208bhp punch and comes with a similar array of performance and styling additions, including an aero kit, 17in ‘Challenge’ wheels and 316mm Brembo brakes. It just doesn’t look quite so cohesive.

However, the Clubman does have the advantage of an 80mm longer wheelbase, and with it comes a tangible benefit when putting so much power through the front axle. There’s less scrabble, a little more composure and greater traction, allowing the throttle to be squeezed harder and earlier out of tight turns. The ride quality improves too; the Clubman fidgets and jiggles less, and as a consequence the whole experience is less frenetic.

On the debit side, some of the wild entertainment dished up by the full-on responsiveness of the all-action Mini chassis has been lost, but you only miss it when pushing on down your favourite back road. Overall the Clubman is the more rounded package. Shame it looks so awkward.

Specifications

Engine1598cc, turbo
Max power208bhp @ 6000rpm
Max torque207lb ft @ 2000-5300rpm
Top speed148mph (claimed)
0-62mph6.8sec (claimed)
Price£22,000
On saleNow

Most Popular

Used car deals of the week
Main  used car deals
used cars

Used car deals of the week

Here's what caught evo’s fancy this week on the second hand car market
13 May 2022
Continental SportContact 7 vs rivals: tyre test review
UHP tyre test Conti7 – header
tyre reviews

Continental SportContact 7 vs rivals: tyre test review

We pitch Continental's new SportContact 7 against rivals from Michelin and Goodyear to find which is the best ultra high performance tyre
13 May 2022
Rolls-Royce Phantom II debuts – the ultimate luxury experience on four wheels
Rolls-Royce Phantom II – side sports
Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce Phantom II debuts – the ultimate luxury experience on four wheels

There are luxury cars, and then there’s the new Phantom II and its unmatched opulence
12 May 2022