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      Launch year
      2016
      Body type
      Estate
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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The MINI goes larger still

Best bits

  • Good to drive
  • High quality cabin
  • Practical enough for a small estate

Not so great

  • Looks won’t suit everyone
  • Rear doors less practical than regular tailgate
  • Options list can be baffling

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Overall verdict

"There are plenty of cars on the market that are dependable and capable but without much in the way of character, so the MINI Clubman is a welcome change. It might not be to all tastes, the retro styling is potentially polarising but it’s definitely distinctive. It’s good to drive, but also practical and efficient."

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The MINI Clubman is still quite clearly a MINI, parent company BMW would not be foolish enough to mess around with the retrofied looks that are a massive part of its appeal.


However, it would not be unfair to say that it looks like a stretched version of the MINI hatchback. It can’t match the visual charm of the regular MINI then, but it’s still an interesting-looking thing whether they are practical or not is another matter, but the vertical opening rear doors that hinge from the sides of the car are eye-catching touch and a nod to the original Mini Clubman of the 1960s.


Inside, the MINI Clubman has plenty of familiar touches too, such as the circular speedometer and infotainment display, toggle switches and chunky detailing. It’s also built to a high standard in here - as you’d hope given the premium price - but there is a feel-good factor that comes from the mix of interesting design and quality feel.


In terms of physical space, the MINI Clubman’s interior is quite impressive. There’s enough room for adults in both rows, while the boot is competitive with other family cars, if not other estates.


The driving experience is very much in-keeping with the MINI brand. It’s a pleasurable car to drive, it has comfortable suspension (as long as you stick to sensible wheel options) and is fun through the corners too. Refinement is also impressive, and the MINI Clubman can cruise as comfortably as it can scoot along a country road. There’s a broad engine range too, up to and including the very powerful JCW performance model, but the more sensible options offer a good mix of refinement, performance and economy.


If you like the way MINIs look, then the Clubman could be the perfect solution to your need for more space. It’s a nice car to drive and to live with, and although it is ultimately not quite as practical as the best cars in the class, it also offers something many of them don’t, namely a strong style statement and a big personality.


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MINI Clubman

2.0 Cooper D Sport 6dr

  • 2019
  • 9,508 miles
  • Ocean Group MINI Penryn
  • Cornwall, TR108AD
Price:£18,450
PCP: £303.03/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £303.03, Customer Deposit: £2,767.00, Total Deposit: £2,767.50, Optional Final Payment: £8,169.24, Total Charge For Credit: £3,092.79, Total Amount Payable: £21,542.79, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 5.82ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

MINI Clubman

1.5 Cooper Classic 6dr

  • 2020
  • 999 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Listers MINI Boston
  • Lincolnshire, PE217PQ
Price:£18,475
PCP: £270.07/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £270.07, Customer Deposit: £2,771.00, Total Deposit: £2,771.25, Optional Final Payment: £9,511.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,259.70, Total Amount Payable: £21,734.70, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.53%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the MINI Clubman right for you?

If it’s pure load-carrying space and practicality you’re looking for then the Clubman may not be the car for you, there are more practical cars for less money which will do a better job of shifting people and stuff. However, if you want a car that is good to drive and has a bit of style to it as well as space, then the Clubman is a strong choice.


Whether you’re a rapidly-expanding family that is finding a hatchback too impractical, or you want to trade your practical but dull estate car for something with more character and a sharper drive, the Clubman has few rivals.


What’s the best MINI Clubman model/engine to choose?

The current MINI Clubman range comes with a choice of three engines, a 1.5-litre petrol, a 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel. For most buyers the 1.5-litre petrol is the optimum choice, with 136PS it’s usefully brisk with decent acceleration and comfortable cruising. The 2.0-litre diesel is less refined and doesn’t feel as quick in everyday driving but offers the best economy and is better-suited to carrying heavy loads.


The MINI Clubman may only have three trim levels but there are numerous packs and personalisation options, so it’s important to have in mind what you want and need in advance. The standard Classic specification is strong, with a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, DAB radio with Bluetooth, ambient lighting and automatic headlights and wipers. Of the options available, the Comfort Pack adds things like heated seats, climate control and rear parking sensors for a reasonable price, but if you go for the Navigation Plus pack you get all this plus Apple CarPlay, enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging and a host of connected services too.


What other cars are similar to the Mini Clubman?

There are few cars in any segment that have such strong style appeal. Volkswagen’s Golf Estate is much more understated in its appearance and isn't quite as sharp to drive, but it is more comfortable, comes with a broader range of engines and is much more spacious too. Audi’s A3 Sportback, meanwhile, is acceptably spacious but also has a strong premium feel, while the pricey Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake is a compact estate with coupe-like stylish looks.


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Prices, versions and specification