MINI Clubman (2016) Review
MINI Clubman (2016) At A Glance
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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.
Real MPG average for a MINI Clubman (2016)
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