Mini Cooper Clubman

The Essentials

  • Price from £15,830
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 72.4mpg
  • What is it? The Mini Clubman offers all the usual fun of Mini ownership, but with the biggest loadbay in the Mini range

Great

  • More space than you'll find in the average Mini, with good space for four
  • Just as much fun to drive as a standard Mini Cooper
  • Sound investment thanks to Mini's desirability

Gripes

  • Extra doors certainly don't add to car's practicality
  • Dashboard is a clash of style and content
  • Not a lot comes as standard - you'll want to add extras
  • Drive

    Not quite as much fun to drive as the three-door model, but strong engines and still very much a Mini

  • Inside

    The retro styling effect is starting to feel contrived, especially as it's not that easy to use

  • Safety

    Stability control and cabin-length head airbags are reassuring

  • Reliability

    Mini Clubman owners gave only 'average' marks for reliability in latest survey

  • Space

    More space inside than a standard Mini One, but those extra doors don't make life much easier

  • Standard and extras

    Alloys, MP3-compatible stereo and electric windows are standard but you can add options till you pop

  • What's it like to drive?

    The Mini Clubman's wheelbase is just 24cm is a longer than the standard three-door model's, but this is enough to make the Clubman more forgiving over bumps, though it also means it's not quite as sharp into corners. All the same engines are offered as in the three-door Mini line-up, and all of them - from the 1.6 diesel up through the 1.6 petrol to the turbocharged 1.6 in the Cooper S - effortlessly deliver lots of pull and help make the Clubman enjoyable to drive.

  • What's it like inside?

    Those added inches mean there's enough knee room for two adults to sit comfortably in the back, and while the boot is far from big, it's a lot more practical than a standard Mini's. The big drawback, however, is the extra, rear-hinged door on the right-hand side for rear passengers to exit - in this country this puts them straight into the traffic flow. The two rear doors in place of the tailgate are quirky without offering extra practicality.
    There are Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper D and Works trims, each with the same level of specification available on the equivalent three-door car, as well as one or two Clubman exclusives such as the choice between black or silver rear door pillars.

  • How reliable is it?

    Mini's reliability record isn't brilliant, with owners of rating mechanical reliability as only average in the latest JD Power ownership satisfaction survey. All versions of come with lots of safety kit, though, including stability control and six airbags. The Clubman hasn't been crash-tested by Euro NCAP.

  • Should I buy one?

    Like all Minis, the Clubman is a tempting ownership proposition; although its pricey to buy it'll still be worth a lot when you decide to sell, and running costs are very reasonable. Just don't expect proper estate practicality.