Review: MINI Clubman (2016)
Now a proper estate with two rear doors. More upmarket interior than standard MINI hatch. Good sized boot has plenty of room for a pushchair. One D is very economical. The best MINI in the range.
Top models are very pricey.
MINI Clubman (2016): At A Glance
- New prices start from £20,895, brokers can source from £17,375
- Contract hire deals from £187.18 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 17–30
- On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure
It might still have two ‘barn’ doors for accessing the boot, but that’s about the only thing the new MINI Clubman has in common with its predecessor.
Instead of a quirky yet compromised estate, the new Clubman is more like a conventional small family car, with the added bonus of a luxurious interior. In fact, despite the estate car styling the Clubman is actually around the same size as an Audi A3 Sportback.
One thing the Clubman has done is moved upmarket. It feels more grown up than the rest of the MINI range, with a different dashboard layout, subtle chrome details and unique vents. There are also some really luxurious upholstery finishes, including the option of blue quilted leather that wouldn’t look out of place in a much pricier vehicle.
Standard equipment is generous, with alloy wheels, navigation, Bluetooth and keyless start fitted to all cars. Being a MINI there are plenty of optional extras of course, including a wide choice of paint and roof colours, stripes, alloy wheel designs, interior upholstery finishes and bundles of extras including the popular Chili pack.
It’s easy to get carried away with the MINI configuration tool and to add thousands of pounds to the price of a Clubman, but somehow even examples with everything but the proverbial kitchen sink fitted manage not to feel overpriced. The testament to the Clubman’s genuinely upmarket, luxurious and special cabin.
Whether a fancy cabin and twin rear doors are enough to pull buyers away from the Audi A3 Sportback and Mercedes-Benz A-Class will come down to personal preference.
But if you've always wanted a MINI and found the rest of the range a little too tight for space, the Clubman is perfect. It competes well with the competition on price and standard equipment, plus it’s good to drive, comfortable and practical enough for a family. In fact we think it's the best of the current MINI crop.
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MINI Clubman (2016): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 360 litres
MINI may be attempting to take the Clubman a bit more upmarket, but there are still plenty of obvious MINI details like the the large infotainment screen in the middle of the dash which features navigation as standard.
The quality of the interior finish is impressive and it feels a cut above the standard MINI hatchback. There's more chrome, a re-sculpted dashboard and, generally, a sense that it belongs in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class or Audi A3 league.
Unlike the old Clubman, the new model has two proper rear passenger doors which open wide and give good access to the impressively spacious back row. So this is now a proper family friendly estate rather than the compromised model that went before.
There’s more than enough room for a pair of adults to sit in comfort thanks to generous leg room plus it's easy to get little ones into car seats thanks to wide opening doors.
However, if you're expecting the estate-like styling to yield a huge boot, you'll be disappointed. At 360 litres it’s a little smaller than the boot on a Volkswagen Golf hatchback. But that said, it’s a useful shape and with a small load lip and a nice big square opening, lifting a folded pushchair in is a doddle.
However, if you're a cyclist, be warned that a boot mounted bike carrier won't fit because of the rear side hinged doors. The other issue with the rear barn doors is that they cut visibility as you have a big central pillar in your rear view.
On the plus side the rear seats do fold down easily though, freeing up 1250 litres of space. Also useful is that the load deck itself lifts, revealing a fairly large area for hiding valuables or storing things out of the way.
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What's the MINI Clubman (2016) like to drive?
- Engines range from One D to John Cooper Works Automatic (2019)
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 30–62 mpg
On the road the Clubman is unmistakably a MINI, but it feels just a little bit more grown up than the three- and five-door hatch models. The ride quality is generally fairly good even on large wheels, though it is firm over speed bumps.
Wind and engine noise are well suppressed, with a faint rumble from the tyres. The Clubman is easy to drive in town, since it’s smaller than it looks, plus it’s relaxing and easy on the motorway thanks, in part, to standard fit cruise control.
Fortunately, the Clubman is still a lot of fun on a twisty country road. The steering is precise, accurate and nicely weighted, plus there’s plenty of traction with body roll is well controlled. It makes for a confidence-inspiring and fun drive. That is precisely what many buyers familiar with MINI models will expect.
There are four engines. The standard Cooper has a 1.5-litre petrol with 136PS while the sporty Cooper S has a 2.0-litre with 192PS. It's certainly our pick of the range if you want some genuine get up and go from your MINI.
The engine is wonderfully smooth and enjoyable to exploit, helped by a positive shifting six-speed manual. Performance is good plus it sounds fantastic, letting out pops and crackles when driven in sport mode.
There is also an eight-speed automatic available and this works well, making town driving easy but giving the driver plenty of control on a country road, thanks to a manual transmission mode with responsive paddle shift.
However, for a blend of economy and performance, you can't look past the excellent Cooper D or Cooper DS. Both have a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 150PS or 190PS respectively.
The Cooper D is more than enough in the Clubman with 330Nm of torque. It blends quiet, relaxed cruising with enjoyable performance on twisting roads. It’s officially capable of 68.9mpg and the same engine in the MINI five-door hatch averages more than 60mpg according to Real MPG, making it usefully economical.
In March 2016 a One D model was introduced. Powered by a 1.5-litre diesel it has 116PS and returns a claimed 74.3mpg with CO2 of just 99g/km.
|Cooper||49 mpg||9.1–9.2 s||118–131 g/km|
|Cooper Automatic||55 mpg||9.1 s||118 g/km|
|Cooper D||66 mpg||8.6–8.9 s||109–112 g/km|
|Cooper D Automatic||66 mpg||8.5–8.6 s||109–113 g/km|
|Cooper S||43 mpg||7.2–7.3 s||144–151 g/km|
|Cooper S ALL4||41 mpg||7.0 s||159 g/km|
|Cooper S ALL4 Steptronic||45 mpg||6.9 s||146 g/km|
|Cooper S Steptronic||49 mpg||7.1–7.2 s||133–134 g/km|
|Cooper SD ALL4 Steptronic||59 mpg||7.2 s||126 g/km|
|Cooper SD Automatic||63 mpg||7.4 s||114–119 g/km|
|Cooper Steptronic||50 mpg||9.2 s||130 g/km|
|John Cooper Works ALL4||38 mpg||6.3 s||168 g/km|
|John Cooper Works ALL4 Automatic||42 mpg||6.3 s||154 g/km|
|John Cooper Works Automatic (2019)||-||-||169 g/km|
|One||49–55 mpg||11.3 s||119–131 g/km|
|One Automatic||55 mpg||-||119 g/km|
|One D||74 mpg||-||99 g/km|
|One D Automatic||69–72 mpg||10.8 s||104–109 g/km|
|One Steptronic||50–69 mpg||10.8–11.6 s||109–130 g/km|
Real MPG average for a MINI Clubman (2016)
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