2010 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman

Despite having only $1600 worth of "options," this John Cooper Works Mini Clubman costs a whopping $33,300. Given a price like that, I really wonder what the fate of the Clubman will be once the new Mini Countryman, Mini's first crossover SUV, goes on sale. Because it seems that Mini buyers will split into two camps: those who want the purest, most basic Mini two-door, whether it's a hardtop or a convertible; and those who want a "bigger" Mini. And I wonder if the people who want the Mini styling and attitude but with a little more space will just skip over the Clubman and go straight to the Countryman?

In any case, although this John Cooper Works special edition has a pretty powerful turbo four-cylinder, it's a bit much for this little car unless you're planning on doing some amateur track events on weekends. I'd be inclined to get just the Mini Cooper Clubman S, which still has 177 hp and starts at $24,750, nearly $7000 less than the John Cooper Works edition.

Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor

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