MINI Clubman (2016) Review

MINI Clubman (2016) At A Glance

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.

New prices start from £20,895, brokers can source from £18,886
Contract hire deals from £187.18 per month
Insurance Groups are between 17–30
On average it achieves 81% 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. 

MINI Clubman 2.0 SD ALL4 2016 Road Test

Real MPG average for a MINI Clubman (2016)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

81%

Real MPG

30–62 mpg

MPGs submitted

132

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

ASK HJ

Should I change my MINI Clubman for a Volkswagen Polo?
I have a 2016 MINI Cooper S Clubman and I'm thinking of changing it. Any suggestions? I don’t want to end up regretting changing. I'm thinking of a Volkswagen Polo or Golf as they have good visibility but they're not as nice inside.
The latest Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI is a very good small car. Not as plush as your MINI inside, but less harsh on the road due to its softer suspension. The Polo will match your Clubman for bootspace, with 355 litres on offer: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/polo-vi-2017
Answered by Dan Powell
Can I swap my back tyres, which wear slower, with my front tyres?
Can I rotate the wheels (from front to back) on my MINI Clubman without having to change the TPMS. The front tyres always wear faster than the rear. As the rear now need changing, I want to switch them to the front with new tyres.
You can rotate the wheels yes, but you'll need to reset the TPMS. Check the handbook for details on how to do this. Just be mindful of a few things. One: manufacturers don't recommend this. Two: the more worn the tyre is, the more prone it is to punctures so you're increasing your chances of a blowout on the rear tyres (assuming you're not on run-flats). Three: Because of the stresses and strains on making front-wheel drive cars do both the driving and the turning, your front tyres will have experienced very different wear patterns to the rear. Swapping them over could worsen the ride quality and grip levels.
Answered by Keith Moody
My car is older than was stated when I bought it. Do I have any recourse for the extra costs I'll incur?
I took ownership of a MINI Clubman on a four-year PCH on 28 August 2017. I recently discovered the car was pre-registered on 30 March that year. The lease company did not inform me of this. This means the car is five months older than stated, resulting in extra MoT and extended warranty costs - particularly from March to August 2021. Do I have any recourse? They don't seem to be interested in my complaint.
It sounds like the car was misrepresented. Make a formal written complaint with the leasing company and, if you're not satisfied with the response, consider opening a case with the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association).
Answered by Andrew Brady
My daughter is returning to the UK after 20 years - do you have any advice on insuring her new car?
My daughter, an expat for 20 years, will return to the UK this year from Hong Kong. She holds a full license but hasn't driven for 10 years. I've told her to take lessons again and on return to to the UK she wants to buy a MINI Clubman auto. Do you have any advice or a specialist insurance company you could recommend?
Firstly, even though she had a full licence, check with DVSA to see if it is still current. You may find it is not. I would suggest taking lessons over here, taking them in Hong Kong is pointless as their traffic law, roadmarkings, rights of way are different. Your daughter will be seen as a new driver without and NCD, so I would suggest she obtains quotes prior to buying the car, as she may be in for a shock. It may be better to put her on your insurance on your car for a year as a named driver, then the insurer can see she has experience again.
Answered by Tim Kelly

What does a MINI Clubman (2016) cost?

Buy new from £18,886 (list price from £22,155)
Contract hire from £187.18 per month
Find more cars like this

Mini Clubman for sale