MotoringFile’s Long Term Test Car for 2017 is…

Drum roll please…. for 2017 MotoringFile will be testing a new MINI. Not just any MINI but what we’d consider one of the brand’s halo vehicles: The JCW Clubman. Like our long term cars before it, the new JCW will be subjected to the a full 12 months of commuting, road trips and general day to day life. The idea is to give you a full view of what it’s like to live with the JCW Clubman warts and all.

MINI JCW Countryman

MINI JCW Clubman

The Specification

We’re going to have to learn how to drive an automatic. Yup. For the first time in MotoringFile’s history we have a longterm test car that is an automatic. In years past we’ve not been big fans of automatic MINIs. We’ve called them everything from sacrilegious to just bad. But times have changed and MINIs automatics have gotten dramatically better. Especially MINIs 8 speed sport automatic found in the new Clubman and Countryman. What we hope to find out: what’s it like for a MINI enthusiast to live with one (in more aggressive JCW trim) as a daily driver.



Unlike previous years we decided to let MINI spec the car for us (hence the auto). This meant we’d get a car that more aligned with a typical JCW Clubman in a dealer lot. The downside is that it’s not quite the car we would have order. Lets take a look at the options:

  • Color: Rebel Green with Black Roof + Mirror Caps (Probably our favorite color in the MINI range)
  • Leather Cross Punch Black (yup kind of a bummer given that the standard and much more aggressive JCW seats are so good)
  • Sport Auto (see above)
  • Cold Weather (folding mirrors!)
  • Technology Pkg (mandatory)
  • Wired Pkg (mandatory)
  • Premium Package (mandatory
  • Dynamic Damper Control (the first time we’ve had this on a long term we)
  • Sirius Radio (Howard Stern?)
  • Power Front Seats (in a MINI?)
  • Alarm (helps us sleep at night)

What’s the total? Are you sitting down? $47,550. Is it worth it? We intend to find out.