More magic from JCW: It’s the Clubman All4 2.0 rocket

  • John Cooper puts about another gem
  • All-wheel drive, stupendous engine power
  • Five growed-up seats, triple-split at rear
2017 MINI CLUBMAN ALL4: Image: Mini
2017 MINI CLUBMAN ALL4: Image: Mini

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.

2017 MINI CLUBMAN ALL4: Image: Mini
2017 MINI CLUBMAN ALL4: Image: Mini

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.

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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.

2017 MINI CLUBMAN ALL4: Image: Mini
2017 MINI CLUBMAN ALL4: Image: Mini

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.

2017 MINI CLUBMAN ALL4: Image: Mini
2017 MINI CLUBMAN ALL4: Image: Mini

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

2017 MINI CLUBMAN ALL4: Image: Mini
2017 MINI CLUBMAN ALL4: Image: Mini

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

Exterior dimensions:
Length: 4.253m
Width: 1.800m
Height: 1.441m
Wheelbase: 2.670m

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