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If you don’t like SUVs, the JCW MINI All4 Clubman is an insanely fun alternative

Mini Clubman JCW All4Don’t be fooled by that lovable face.Matthew DeBord/BI

The MINI Clubman has always been a weird car. The first iteration of MINI’s bid to yield some-more flexibility that one could get with the “original” MINI two-door (itself a BMW compliance of a classical British automobile from the 1960s). Enter in the mid-2000s an offbeat pattern that underline a small, additional span of gate-swinging doors to yield back access, along with a wagon-y back featuring old-school saloon-style doors rather than a hatch.

Yup, odd. But particular and unchanging with MINI’s eye-catching, go-your-own-way, design-intensive proceed to carmaking.

The second-gen Clubman, rolled out in 2015, gained correct back doors and was given with discretionary all-wheel-drive (the first-gen was front-wheel only), transforming it into a arrange of wagon-cum-crossover, despite a low-slung version. Like all MINIs, it was decidedly sporty, distributed to be means to out a grin on you face and successfully finish grocery store excursions or brief getaways with luggage.

BMW-owned MINI had another turn to take the Clubman to — the John Cooper Works opening diagnosis — and has now finished so, formulating the JCW Clubman All4. Think of it as the Clubman with an combined furious streak, since that’s what the JCW mods typically do: They make your MINI into a bonkers thing, as we found out when we sampled the violent two-door MINI JCW.

The automobile was introduced last year, and we got the hands on a tester just as the Northeast was being slammed by its (maybe) last sirocco of winter (we’re enjoying much balmier weather now). Price? A cold $45,000. Here’s what we thought:

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