All-wheel drive vehicles are fun to drive but when you want something more powerful, then you should definitely go for a front-wheel drive system. And if you`re the drifting type, then a rear-wheel drive BMW is the best choice.
Speaking about how comfortable or high-performance an all-wheel drive model is – and here we are talking about a MINI model – Car and Driver wanted to find out if the all-new Cooper S Clubman ALL4 is indeed what customers expect: fast, reliable and extremely agile when pushing the pedal to the metal.
From what the journalists discovered, there were some ups and downs concerning the all-wheel drive version of the Cooper S Clubman. First of all, the tires make the model a bit uncomfortable while steering at high-speeds, the S Clubman all-wheeler coming with standard Pirelli Cintuarto P7 all-seasons. The costs involved is also a serious issue, but all that could be solved by switching to Continental ExtremeContact DWS or Michelin Pilot Sport A/S.
Also, the model tested by Car and Driver comes with a standard six-manual transmission, hooked to a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four engine, which I think it`s pretty cool. The downsize is that the all-wheel drive layout makes this version heavier, which translates in less performance.
The MINI Cooper S Clubman all-wheel layout packs 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, managing a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds, which makes it a bit slower than the front-wheel sibling. The issue is also addressed to the slower six-manual gearbox.
As a conclusion, the all-wheel drive version of the new MINI Cooper S Clubman is not based on performance and agility, yet works just fine for those who love driving a model with a conventional six-speed manual transmission in style and comfort.