What is it?
The Mini may not have pioneered front-wheel drive, but it has long been associated with that layout. A compact A-series engine stuffed sideways into the nose of the little Austin gave plenty of space in the cabin and predictable handling to boot.
Of course, the introduction of the controversial Countryman (ignoring the wacky twin-engined Mini Mokes of the past) changed that with the introduction of optional four-wheel drive. You can now add another model to the all-paw family: the Clubman.
Only available on Cooper S and Cooper SD models, the car remains front-driven most of the time, only sending power to the rear wheels in certain situations. It isn’t just a reactive system, though; the Clubman can predict when drive is needed at the back and push it rearwards before there’s any slip from the front.