There are few car shapes that are as iconic and recognisable as that of a MINI. Despite subtle differences between the models, they each offer an unmistakable look. The MINI Clubman is no exception. Now in its second generation, the MINI Clubman is available in three engine variants – Cooper, Cooper S, or the sporty John Cooper Works. The car offers a streamlined design, premium features as standard, and more space than we’ve seen in a MINI.
The MINI Clubman presents a commanding and modern appearance. Being a foot longer than the marque’s classic 3-door hatch, it takes the MINI name to a new level, while still retaining much of what is so highly revered about the brand. The MINI Clubman’s extended length grants it a lot of extra interior space. Up front, a roomy cabin offers the driver and passenger generous leg room. The car’s dual-pane panoramic sunroof, which reaches as far as the back seat, makes it feel more spacious than it already is. Two adults can comfortably sit in the car’s back seat, while a third can easily manage on shorter drives. Its boot offers a 360L capacity, expandable to 1,250L when the seats are folded down. So not only are your groceries sorted, but you could also comfortably fit your luggage or a short surfboard.
Speaking of the boot, the MINI Clubman’s is no ordinary one either. The barn style doors open to the left and right, allowing for additional convenience, while also giving the car’s rear a stately look. Additionally, there’s an option to have a sensor underneath the car, which makes the boot doors swing open at the mere wave of your foot; unequivocally useful when you’re laden with shopping.
Extending the premium offering by MINI, the Clubman’s interior is also of superior quality. Cloth and leather sports seats come standard in the Cooper, while the Cooper S also includes a leather sports steering wheel. The focal point of the car’s interior is the signature MINI circular console in the centre. This plays host to a seamlessly embedded touchscreen; the control panel for music, digital radio, navigation, and switching car functions.
The Cooper offers a fun, zippy drive, with a 1.5L, three- cylinder engine. Then there’s the Cooper S for those who want something more powerful. It features a 2.0L, four-cylinder engine, with 141 kW power and 280 Nm torque. Both versions are available in automatic or six-speed manual. Three different driving modes come standard in the Cooper S; Normal, Sports, and Green, so you can customise the drive to your preference.
There are a host of optional packages available that allow you to personalise your car, but MINI has really upped the ante when it comes to standard features in the MINI Clubman. All models come with the Driver Assistant Package, which will help you out with forward collision warnings, speed sign recognition, autonomous braking, and high beam assist. The MINI Clubman is a car that doesn’t substitute substance for style, though it has the latter in droves. It’s a strong offering for those who want space, elegant design, impressive performance, and the shape of an icon.