You don't know it, but you actually want a MINI JCW Clubman

$60,000 for a 'MINI'? You better believe it.

T​hat. Is. Hideous.

‘Hideous’ is too harsh of an adjective. That said, no matter which way you spin it, the Mini Clubman is not a pretty car. With comically bulbous headlights and a gargantuan grill, it does a terrific impression of a whale shark mid-feed.

Are those stripes? On a wagon? Oh my…

I am afraid, yes.

For whatever reason, MINI chose to present the flagship Clubman in the worst spec possible. Silver wheels. Off-white paint. Red stripes. Yikes.

It is, somehow, both garish AND forgettable– which, if you think about it, is an incredible feat. It’s a rolling oxymoron.

At least it’s not a Golf…

What’s wrong with a Golf?

They’re bloody everywhere. I mean, c’mon people, get creative!

Exactly my thinking.

What I love about the JCW Clubman is that it is different. It is brilliantly unconventional.

If you start ranting about how all performance cars should be manuals I am going to thump you over the head with a stick.

S​hut it.

If it looked better, they’d sell more.

You’re right. Though it’s worth mentioning that when presented in a darker shade with the optional black rims, the Clubman takes on a much more aesthetically acceptable demeanour.

“Aesthetically acceptable”. Whatever. It’s ugly.

Check-out its rear end before you come to a conclusion.

Are those barn doors, I see?


Barn doors make everything better. Fact.

It looks slow.

It isn’t.

The John Cooper Works model Clubman receives a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder that churns out 225kW and 450Nm. 225kW. In a MINI. What a time to be alive.

Well, it’s hardly ‘mini’.

It’s a big MINI. As I said, it’s a rolling oxymoron.

S​o, it's quick?


How quick?

4.9 seconds to 100km/h quick.

Only 4.9? Pah!

You have been spoilt. 4.9 is plenty.

Being quick is one thing. Being able to stop and steer is another.

Fear not, it will stop and steer too.

The JCW Clubman comes equipped with 360mm front and 330mm rear ventilated breaks, AWD, and a Torsen locking front differential. We are looking at a seriously tasty everyday performance car.

Alright, I’m sold.

I knew you’d come round.

Oh, I almost forgot to ask: has it got a manual?

No. An eight-speed automatic is the sole transmission offered.

I’m no longer sold. Burn it to the ground.

Can you get over yourself? You don’t really mean that, you muppet.

For the daily grind life, the automatic will be fantastic.

But what about when I want to drive for the sake of driving?

Then it’ll keep you entertained then too.

Look, automatic transmissions are not necessarily the antithesis of fun. The JCW Clubman is not a performance car of the same calibre as a Hyundai i30N or Honda Civic Type-R. It was designed to cater to a wider audience, one that doesn’t necessarily want to deal with having to changing gears manually via a lever during peak-hour traffic. The automatic grants the Clubman a greater bandwidth of abilities and is the perfect transmission for the car. Case closed.

If you start ranting about how all performance cars should be manuals I am going to thump you over the head with a stick.

Fair call. I’m a fan, but $60,000? That’s a bit steep.

Granted, $60,000 is a lot of cash. But. I think it might just be worth it here. There’s more than ample performance, the interior is comfortable, and it has barn doors. Put simply, it’s a cool piece of machinery.

If you are after a unique, sports-oriented, small wagon, then there’s not much else out there that competes in the same niche as the JCW Clubman.

I want one.

W​hat do YOU think? Get shouting in the comments below!

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T​itle Credit: John Coleman

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Comments (42)

  • It looks terrible, the front looks like it is screaming and has multiple tumors and the less said about the back the better. You make it seem like you have all these inargueable points and that anyone that disagrees just needs to get over themselves because they have a different opinion. That is also far to expensive for what it is. It may be fast but thats not enough to convince me.

      1 year ago
    • These are inarguable points. ;)

        1 year ago
    • Although they aren't as proven with me putting up reasoned points against it. Honestly I'm not aresed to go through every point but you type as if nothing more can be said on the topic and you have to be right. There are things I agree with but...

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        1 year ago
  • I really like it. I wish it came as a manual...but I do like it.

      1 year ago
  • You may have convinced me but $58,000 is a tad too much for this chunky boi.

      1 year ago
  • 60K for a 300hp 4WD long hatch ? Sorry, for that money I can get much better. Starting with about any FWD hatch (FWD meaning it will be much lighter, and as we all know light is right).

    Also, 60K, if my memory doesn't fail me, it's not far from... a M2.

      1 year ago
    • Ah, but do those other hatches have barn doors? I think not. ;P

        1 year ago
    • I disagree for the "unusable everyday". The M2 is in fact really usable in everyday situation, as it is not that harsh to drive. The only way it may be in difficulty is winter, if you're too stupid to put some decent winter tyres... But that...

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        1 year ago
  • I still don't want one. It's by no means a bad car but it doesn't appeal to me in any category any more than competing cars do. Well written post though

      1 year ago
    • You still don't want one? Oh, Harren, this hurts my heart!

      Jokes aside, I appreciate the compliment, mate! Cheers :)

        1 year ago