Comparing the 2017 MINI Countryman and the 2017 MINI Clubman

March 9th, 2017 by

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Despite being quite similar in terms of the quality they deliver to drivers, there are some subtle differences between the MINI Countryman and Clubman. Informing yourself of these key differences is an important step if you’re on the hunt for a new MINI car and deciding between one of these two vehicles.
Keep reading to find out about the 2017 MINI Countryman and the MINI Clubman so that you’ll have a better idea of which one will best suit your needs.

INTERIOR

The MINI Countryman is marketed as a subcompact crossover car, while the Clubman is a small family car. Both vehicles can easily fit five passengers inside. The available cargo storage in both vehicles is similar; you’ll get 17.5 cubic feet of cargo storage in the Clubman and 17.6 cubic feet in the Countryman. Statistics in terms of both headroom and legroom are nearly identical in both models, and compared to competing vehicles in this class, the Countryman and the Clubman stand out as winners in this important area where every inch matters.

PERFORMANCE

There is no great disparity in terms of how well each of these vehicles performs on the road, and that is mostly down to the fact that both are fitted with the same engine. MINI has been so impressed by the performance of the 1.5-liter engine fitted in the Clubman that the company has included the same engine as standard on the 2017 MINI Countryman. This particular engine comes with an impressive direct injection fuel system for improved efficiency, and a set of Valvetronic lifts.
Drivers will be able to make use of 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque in both models, and the engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission in each car. The Countryman is slightly heavier, which might just give the Clubman the edge in terms of performance because extra weight will inevitably have at least some effect on performance.

DRIVING EXPERIENCE

Both of these MINI models allow drivers to experience that unique feeling of driving a traditional MINI car, but there are some minor differences in terms of how they drive. The Clubman’s steering is impressively sharp and nimble, and stability when cornering feels better than the Countryman due to a longer wheelbase. One slight issue is that the suspension on the Clubman doesn’t appear to be as strong as that found on the Countryman.
The Countryman absorbs shocks and bumps in the road better than the Clubman, and it retains that ‘go-kart feel’ that you’d expect from any MINI. The steering is sharp and responsive, but not quite at the level of the MINI Clubman, so there is no clear winner in terms of how well the cars drive.
If you’re on the hunt for a new MINI this year, the truth is that there is very little to separate the 2017 MINI Clubman and the MINI Countryman. Your decision might simply come down to taking the two cars out on a test drive and finding out which one drives better.

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