Mini is selling the Clubman in Cooper S guise, which means you get the same 2-litre turbo petrol motor that powers the 3-door, the 5-door and the Mini convertible. Featuring direct injection and BMW’s infamous VANOS variable valve timing system, this four-cylinder engine makes 192bhp of power and 280Nm of torque. It’s also got a rather throaty exhaust note that only gets better as the revs climb and like in all Cooper S models, the exhaust pops and burbles on the overrun.
This engine makes most of its torque quite early at around 1,250rpm, making it surprisingly responsive for a turbocharged unit. Squeeze the throttle and the Clubman gathers pace easily and pulls particularly hard in the midrange. If anything, you can even palm the tall gear knob and short shift to a higher gear and make the most of that mid-range punch. When going flat out, there’s no neck-snapping boost rush from this engine but a smooth freight-train-like pull. To put it in numbers, the Clubman does 0-100kmph in 7.66 seconds, going on to hit 150kmph in an equally impressive 16.21 seconds. This family-friendly Mini is decently quick in gear, too, dispatching 40-100kmph and 20-80kmph in 5.67 and 4.56 seconds respectively.
The drivetrain’s party piece comes in the form of the driving modes, namely Mid, Sport and Green. Reacting noticeably different in each mode, the car alters the throttle and steering response besides changing the shift points and ferocity of the 8-speed automatic gearbox depending on the mode. In Sport mode, everything is turned up to eleven - the throttle is at its reactive best and the gearbox also hangs onto lower gears and shifts up at around 6,100rpm, near the redline. Now, as one would expect, switching to Green mode calms things down considerably – the gearshifts are noticeably smoother although the throttle does get a little too heavy. What’s more, in Green mode, the Clubman tends to fully use the coasting function wherein the drivetrain is de-coupled at speeds of between 50 and 160 kmph as soon as the driver goes off throttle.