By the Numbers: Clubman ALL4 vs. Countryman ALL4

November 10th, 2016 by

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When it comes to all-wheel-drive MINI Coopers, Schomp clients now have two options; the 2017 Clubman ALL4 and the 2016 Countryman ALL4. But with an obvious similarity between names, and the Clubman’s “S” and “Base” ALL4 model availability, what’s the real difference between both models? Let’s explore each model from the inside out, and find which suits you best.

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2016 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4

The rugged and versatile Countryman has been around since the 2011 model year. As MINI’s first ALL4 all-wheel-drive-equipped vehicle (and its first four-door model altogether), it treaded into previously-uncharted waters for the brand. Since its introduction, it’s unequivocally become MINI’s best-selling model – and for good reason. Muscular good looks combine with family-friendly seating and cargo room, a turbocharged engine, and robust all-wheel-drive system to make it the perfect companion for urban runabouts and mountain excursions alike.

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2017 MINI Cooper Clubman ALL4 and Cooper S Clubman ALL4

New for 2016 (but in front-wheel drive only), the label-defying MINI Clubman capitalized on the Countryman’s versatility with a totally new platform and engines, both sourced from parent company BMW. Accordingly, BMW’s design and engineering input brought new levels of comfort, refinement, power, and materials quality. Not that the Countryman was any slouch in the aforementioned; rather, the Clubman brought everything to a new level. For 2017, MINI introduced ALL4 all-wheel drive to both “Base” and “S” trim levels.

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Style

The 2016 MINI Countryman’s muscular exterior hints at its rugged capability. Though its ground clearance is equal to the Clubman (6.3 inches), the Countryman is a bit shorter overall (-6.5″), and sacrifices a touch of rear -seat legroom (-0.5″) and “seats-up” cargo capacity (-1.0 cu.ft.). Still, it’s an excellent choice for those who demand an easy-to-maneuver footprint infused within a more classic MINI silhouette. The forthcoming 2017 MINI Countryman, available next spring, will be based on the same platform as the 2017 Clubman, and will accordingly grow dimensionally. However, your best deals – such as 0% financing up to 60 months, 0 payments for 90 days, and low lease rates, can be found through November 30 on current-generation Countrymen.

Representing a new styling direction for MINI, the Clubman takes things upscale. Its long, wagon-like shape is enhanced by an abundance of painted and chrome touches (versus the Countryman’s black plastic cladding). It appears to sit longer, wider and lower – and it is. The “Clubbie” is MINI’s newest representation of what’s possible when it comes to a premium look and feel, heightened versatility, and classic go-kart-like driving dynamics.

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Performance

Under the hood, the 2016 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 is powered by a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine, channeling 181 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. This version of ALL4 all-wheel drive is robust, rated to handle significantly more than the Countryman’s standard power output. Translated, this offers a greater degree of strength when ascending or descending rugged paths, rough surfaces, and when carrying heavier loads. Despite its size, the Countryman is built to haul in every sense of the word.

The Clubman taps BMW’s newest turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines, both offering superb amounts of real-world torque. In the “base” Cooper Clubman ALL4, 134 HP and 162 lb-ft are sent to all four wheels via either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Don’t let the odd number of cylinders fool you; especially around town, this engine feels incredibly strong. For those who desire a bit more, the Cooper S Clubman ALL4 features one more cylinder, bringing output to 189 HP and 207 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with an eight-speed ZF automatic optional.

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Ride

The Countryman’s four-wheel independent suspension and electric power steering combine to produce lightning-fast responsiveness and a relatively flat cornering attitude. The optional sport suspension tune provides a bit more stiffly-sprung ride, which translates to a slightly more lively feel in the corners. Either way, representative of MINI’s classic ‘go-kart-like” handling, its stability and poise defy its rugged stance and ability. The Countryman turns daily commutes and back-road adventures into ear-to-ear grins every time.

Like the Countryman, the Clubman’s suspension still retains MINI’s sharp handling in both standard and “dynamic” formats. In its standard format, the Clubbie’s ride is geared more towards highway stability and refinement with a serious dose of agility. Opt for the dynamic dampers (included with Sport package or as a standalone option), and the Clubman’s “sport” driving mode provides enhanced excitement by way of stiffer shock damping and rebound. It’s selectable on the fly, so for the times you still desire more comfort, the similarly-named driving mode is at the ready.

Utility

Pop open the Countryman’s hatch to reveal 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space. While it’s enough for a load of groceries or a folded stroller, the real secret is in folding down the optional 40-20-40 split rear seatback’s middle section. Once that happens, you can run longer items such as skis, snowboards, PVC, and other sporting gear through while still seating four adults in comfort. With all rear seats folded down, the Countryman features a competitive 42.2 cubic feet.

The label-defying Clubman has enough cargo space – 47.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded – to swallow a washing machine. Like the Countryman, its optional 40-20-40 rear seat can channel larger items through the middle section, too. And when it comes to taller adults, its increased rear-seat legroom and head room offer a roomier feel. Factor in additional sound deadening and refined materials, and it’s definitely the better choice for either a long commute or regular road trips.

Economy

Both models offer excellent fuel efficiency, especially considering their all wheel drive capabilities. The Clubman benefits from a slightly larger fuel tank (+0.8 gallons) and heightened highway fuel efficiency (+2 MPG) when accordingly equipped. The true measure of economy, however, comes down to pricing. With starting MSRPs in the mid-$20k range, free scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles, and a bumper-to-bumper four-year/50,000-mile warranty, both the 2017 MINI Clubman ALL4 and 2016 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 represent tremendous value within their segments.

Competition

When it comes to the Countryman, shoppers typically compare compact wagons such as the Subaru XV Crosstrek, Volkswagen Golf, Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Jeep Renegade. Clubman shoppers are generally after a higher level of luxury and refinement, and accordingly compare the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Infiniti QX30, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Lexus NX. Above many of those options, both the Countryman and Clubman offer a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty, a three-year, 36,000-mile “Boot to Bonnet” maintenance program, and limitless customization and personalization.

View the side-by-side specifications below, and visit schompmini.com today for up-to-date deals and incentives.

Feature 2017 MINI Cooper Clubman ALL4 2016 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4
Starting MSRP $25,900 $27,850
“Base” Engine 1.5L I3 Turbo; 134 HP; 162 lb-ft N/A
“S” Engine 2.0L I4 Turbo; 189 HP; 207 lb-ft 1.6L I4 Turbo; 181 HP; 177 lb-ft
0-60 MPH As fast as 6.6 sec. (S 8AT) 7.3 sec.
Transmission 6MT (both) or 6AT (Base); 8AT (S) 6MT or 6AT
Drivetrain ALL4 all-wheel drive ALL4 all-wheel drive
Fuel Capacity (grade) 13.2 gallons (premium) 12.4 gallons (premium)
City/Highway MPG Up to 22/32 (Base 6MT) Up to 25/30 (6MT)
Front Legroom 41.4 inches 40.4 inches
Front Headroom 40.2 inches 39.9 inches
2nd Row Legroom 34.3 inches 33.8 inches
2nd Row Headroom 38.0 inches 37.5 inches
Seats/Doors 5 seats/6 doors 5 seats/4 doors
Vehicle Length 168.3 inches 161.8 inches
Vehicle Width (w/mirrors) 79.6 inches 78.6 inches
Cargo – Minimum 17.5 cubic feet 16.5 cubic feet
Cargo – Maximum 47.9 cubic feet 42.2 cubic feet
Ground Clearance 6.3 inches 6.3 inches
Curb Weight 3,370 lbs (Base 6MT) 3,208 lbs. (6MT)
Units In Stock (11/10) 44 (Base ALL4); 48 (S ALL4) 32 (100+ en-route)
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