2016 Mini Clubman All4 revealed
Mini's new all-wheel drive Clubman will make its debut at the New York motor show this March...
The Mini Clubman All4 has been revealed ahead of its global debut at the New York motor show this March.
What is it?
The Mini Clubman All4 is an all-wheel-drive version of the current Clubman, and the eighth model to join the current Mini line-up. It’s the first to use Mini’s updated All4 system, which features torque vectoring and can decouple the rear axle to save fuel.
In normal driving scenarios, the system operates in front-wheel-drive mode to save fuel – torque losses can be cut by up to 30% compared with when the rear axle is engaged. However, as soon as slip is detected, torque can be instantly directed to the rear wheels via a hang-on clutch that is located on the car’s dual-section prop-shaft.
The all-wheel-drive works in tandem with Mini’s driving dynamics system, which can brake or send torque to individual wheels. This torque vectoring not only helps to boost traction on low-grip surfaces, but also improves agility when driving hard.
What engines can I choose from?
At launch, the Mini Clubman All4 is available with just two engines. The Cooper S Clubman All4 features Mini’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 189bhp and 206lb ft of torque (this grows to 221lb ft during short overboost bursts).
When mated to the standard six-speed manual gearbox, it’s capable of accelerating the car from 0-62mph in a claimed 7.0sec and can achieve up to 40.9mpg combined on the EU cycle.
When the optional eight-speed automatic is selected, the same sprint takes a claimed 6.9sec and combined fuel economy grows to 44.8. The CO2 output also drops from 159g/km to 146g/km with the auto, but top speed remains the same at 140mph.
The second engine available at launch is the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel of the Cooper SD. With an operating pressure of up to 2000 bar, this unit can produce up to 187bhp and a hefty 295lb ft of torque.
It comes with the eight-speed automatic transmission as standard, and can accelerate the car from 0-62mph in a claimed 7.2sec and reach a 138mph top speed. Quoted EU test cycle figures for the diesel are 58.9mpg combined and 126g/km of CO2.
What equipment does it come with?
Like its front-wheel-drive equivalent, the Clubman All4 comes with Mini’s optional Dynamic Damper Control suspension. This allows the damping rate to be adjusted when on the move via the car’s different driving modes.
Safety features are also carried over from the regular car, so the All4 comes with six airbags, tyre pressure monitoring, a head-up display and Mini’s optional Driving Assistant program. This adds camera-based active cruise control (regular cruise comes as standard), collision and pedestrian warning with an initial brake function, as well as high beam assistant and road sign detection.
Other options include Parking Assist, a rear view camera and Mini’s Connected in-car infotainment system, which works through the car’s circular central screen.
How much will it cost?
In manual guise, the Mini Cooper S Clubman ALL4 starts at £24,305. This rises to £25,985 when the eight-speed auto is chosen, while cars fitted with the Cooper SD diesel engine start at £27,410.
How good are its rivals?
The all-wheel-drive BMW Active Tourer is closely related to the Clubman All4 both technically and practically, offering similar performance, albeit at a slightly higher price. The Mercedes A-Class 4Matic is also a strong alternative, but the taller MPV look of both rivals gives the trendier Mini a unique selling point.