Mini Cooper Clubman

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The first Mini Cooper Clubman we'll be dropping to you today is the base level. It's getting some inter-corporate sharing under the hood in the form of a four-cylinder VVT engine using BMW's valvetronic technology. That gives the Clubman sans-letter a max output of 120 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a max torque of 118 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm. That means the floor-level Cooper Clubman is being pegged at a company-reported zero-to-60 time of 9.8 seconds and top speed of 125 mph. The Cooper-just-larger gets an above-average fuel economy spec of 42.79 miles per the UK's larger Imperial gallons. In case you hadn't noticed in the we first showed the press shots, the Clubman's got five, yes, count 'em, five doors. Two in the back, which open like those of a panel wagon. Those in addition to the one on the driver's side and two on the passenger's side in Saturn Ion-like suicide door fashion. To fit all of the extra portalage, BMW's added 9.45 inches in length and 3.15 inches in wheelbase over the Mini Cooper. Thus, you get some actual legroom in the rear seats and some real luggage capacity of 32.6 cubic feet if you fold the seats down.

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You didn't get any shots of the back with the doors closed but I think that's the Achilles heal of this one. The mandated-in-accent-color C/D pillar looks mishapen and kills the look from the back. If you get the black body, then the pilars turn silver. If you get the silver body, then the pillars turn black. Damn.

Too bad too, because the side view looks considerably more sorted than I imagined it would.