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MINI of Rochester

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Compact hatches are designed for people looking for a specific feel and look in their car, as well as some advanced performance to pair with the striking good looks these kinds of vehicles usually possess. The MINI Clubman and Subaru Impreza are just two of these types of smallish, performance driven hatchbacks, and we're taking a look to see how each stacks up against the other. If you've been trying to decide between a new 2017 MINIClubman or Subaru Impreza for your next big investment, make sure to get all the facts first to make the best decision you can.

Larger Rear-Ends and Bigger Engines

The new MINI Clubman has more trim levels this year, including the classic Hardtop 2 Door, the Hardtop 4 Door, the soft-top Convertible, and the four-door Clubman. It gets the added benefit of having optional all-wheel-drive, too, giving it a much needed performance boost. The familiar rear barn doors remain, which is one of the Clubman's biggest draws.


The Subaru Impreza also made the rear of its hatch a point of emphasis, as well. The previous model had large singular taillight clusters that, while big and bright, narrowed the opening due to their size. Subaru decided to split the taillights, putting part of the lens on the liftgate allowing the back-end of the Impreza to add four inches of width. But it still opens like a traditional liftgate familiar in all hatch's and crossovers. And the middle-opening "barn door" design of the 2017 Clubman is a refreshing break from that sort of rear gate. 

Mechanically, the 2017 MINI Cooper Clubman gets two engine options - a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine that gets 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder on the Cooper S that gets 189 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque. Both are impressive engines, especially the larger 4 banger, for such a compact car, and they really give the MINI some extra "oomph" in the performance department. These powerplants also come with either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed Steptronic transmission with paddle shifters.


The Impreza features just one engine, a 2.0-liter, direct injection, four-cylinder engine. Subaru managed to squeeze in a few more ponies into it from the previous edition, making the engine more powerful, and also offers better fuel economy from previous iterations. However, with no performance focus in terms of construction, the Subaru drives like…well, a Subaru.

The 2017 Clubman's however, drives just like you'd expect a MINI to handle and exactly how a MINI Cooper looks. BMW engineers are constantly looking for ways to make these tiny cars a fun ride. This year, the suspension has been revised for added stiffness, and both a sport suspension and Dynamic Damper Control come optional. They've also given it a more extensive use of aluminum, allowing the Cooper to shed a bit of weight. They also added their AWD system, ALL4, which directs 100% of the torque to the front wheels when engaged, but power can be sent to the rear wheels if any slip is detected.


Add to the MINI Clubman new features such as adaptive LED headlights, LED foglights, and a panoramic sunroof, and it's easy to see, that while the Subaru Impreza is definitely a superbly engineered machine, the 2017 Clubman simply has much more to offer just about any potential buyer.


Want to see how a MINI Cooper Clubman can fit into your budget? Visit MINI of Rochester to take one for a test drive, and to see what sort of leasing and financing options are currently available.