- John Cooper puts about another gem
- All-wheel drive, stupendous engine power
- Five growed-up seats, triple-split at rear
The just-launched 2017 John Cooper Works Clubman All4, Mini tells us, combines the most space, everyday practicality and long-distance ability yet in a Mini and rides on suspension technology developed from racing expertise.
All-wheel drive is standard and the interior is said to have great flexibility in terms of driving properties and functionality.
The cars have been given “additional emphasis” with model-specific standard stuff that includes diode headlights several driving modes, parking radar, multifunction buttons on the steering-wheel and cruise control with auto braking.
This cars also have the first combination of the current two-litre petrol engine (developed for John Cooper Works units with all-wheel drive); that has twin-turbo boosting and is capable of 170kW, 29kW more the Mini Cooper S Clubman, and drives through a six-speed manual or eight-speed Steptronic auto transmission.
SWIFT OFF THE MARK
Mini quotes combined EU fuel consumption data of 7.4 litres/100km for the manual, 6.8 for the auto.
Acceleration from 0-100km/h is quoted as 6.3sec for either gearbox and the car has a sport exhaust system, Brembo brakes, 18″ black John Cooper Works alloy wheel rims (19″ option), stability and traction control and self-adjusting shock-absorbers.
The four-door also has “shooting-brake” style twin tail doors, five “fully-fledged” (The Corner presumes that means they can accommodate adult backsides) seats, those in the rear foldable in a 40:20:40 split with 360 litres of cargo space – expandable to 1250 litres with rear seats folded.
Roof rails and a removable tow ball are options.
The central instrument display is on a 16.5cm (22cm optional) colour screen, there’s a stop/start button, electric parking brake and (another option) a windscreen head-up display. The steering-wheel is leather-shod and carries multifunction buttons and gearshift paddles for the auto transmission.
Collision-protection stuff includes front, side and curtain crash bags, IsoFix kiddie-seat anchors, tyre-pressure display and automatic emergency call. Illumination comes from diode headlights and daytime running light, white turn indicators and diode tail lights.
Wipers and headlights are self-activating; a rear parking camera, cruise control and “collision imminent!” and pedestrian recognition are also present.
Standard comfort features including aircon, audio, auxiliary sockets and Bluetooth, glass roof (when will PR writers learn what ‘panoramic means?’), seat heating, adjustable ambient, heatable / folding external mirrors and a windscreen heating element.
Sport stripes, chromed external mirror-caps, sport steering-wheel and three Mini Yours Interior styles are, er, yours for the asking, as are a selection of communication features, a trip-data computer and satnav.
PEFORMANCE AND SPEC DATA BELOW IMAGE
At-a-glance engine, driving performance, fuel consumption and emissions data:
The 2017 John Cooper Works Mini Clubman ALL4:
Four-cylinder petrol engine with twin-turbo turbocharging, direct injection, fully variable valve control and variable camshaft control
Capacity: 1998cc, output: 170kW from 5000-6000 rpm
Max. torque: 350Nm from 1450-4800rpm
Acceleration (0-100km/h): 6.3sec (auto: 6.3sec)
Top speed: 238km/h (238km/h)
Average fuel consumption: 7.4 (6.8 litres)/100km
CO2 emissions: 168g/km (154g/km)
Exhaust emission standard: EU6