A solid review of the automatic Clubman S. Here’s an excerpt:

>It wouldn’t be hard to get all cynical about the 2008 Mini Cooper S Clubman. It’s really not that much bigger than a normal-size Mini Cooper. Its cabin looks the same. And it carries a $2,250 premium.

>But when you drive the Mini Clubman, you see it’s a bit more than a marketing exercise. You can actually get regular use out of this backseat. You don’t have to drop the rear seats every time you want to carry more than a few bags of groceries. And you can drive a few hours longer before the car’s boundless energy wears you out.

>Mini could have built a bigger Clubman, but we’re not sure we’d still want to drive it. As it is, the 2008 Mini Cooper S Clubman responds to its driver almost exactly like our ’07 Cooper S hatch. And that’s what makes it so desirable.

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Full + Test: 2008 Mini Cooper S Clubman / Inside Line