Review: MINI Clubman (2007 – 2014)
More practical alternative to the standard MINI. Five useable seats and neat extra rear door to make getting into the back easier. Cooper D is the pick of the range.
Extra side door wrong side for loading kids into the back but right side for the driver to load a briefcase or coat into the back.
MINI Clubman (2007 – 2014): At A Glance
No doubt about it the MINI is the biggest motoring marketing success Britain has ever seen. The Oxford factory is turning them out in huge numbers and we still can't get enough of them.
But there was a limit to how many buyers there could be for a car that, however much fun it was to drive, could only take four at a pinch. Even totally besotted MINI lovers were having to look for something else once the Clear-Blue strip gave them the good news. What they really wanted was a stretched MINI, with a bit more room in the back seat, and a bit better access to it.
And that's exactly what BMW now gives them in a charmingly retro recreation of the original Mini Traveller. Except it can't be called a ‘Traveller', for copyright reasons. So it's actually named from another Mini ancestor, the ‘Clubman'.
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MINI Clubman (2007 – 2014): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 260–930 litres
The Cubman is only 24cm longer than a standard MINI but has more legroom, more luggage space and a slightly longer wheelbase. In the back you can choose - at no extra cost - between a three-seater bench (with three three-point belts) or two individually sculpted seats.
It has an extra rear-hinged rear side door, like a Mazda RX-8, but on the right hand side of the car only. Some Brits may feel short changed by this because it isn't kerbside as it is in mainland Europe. But, in compensation, they gain the advantage of being able to chuck a briefcase or wet umbrella into the back from the driver's side.
Of course, in a carpark it doesn't really matter which side the kids get out. The rear is really retro, with two separate side hinged doors giving access to the load area, but integrated into a really terrific example of rear end styling.
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What's the MINI Clubman (2007 – 2014) like to drive?
There are three familiar engines in the Clubman Cooper range - the 120PS 1.6-litre in the Cooper, the 110PS 1.6 diesel in the Cooper D and the impressive 175PS turbocharged engine in the Cooper S. A six-speed manual comes as standard and there are economy tweaks to all the engines such as start/stop and a gear change indicator.
These have the effect of reducing CO2 to with the Cooper D emitting 103g/km. That means low annual tax but what's more impressive is the official economy figure of 72.4mpg. It's no surprise this is a very popular model in the Clubman range. It's a free revving diesel with no lag at low revs and pulls strongly in gear. It's also very refined and impressively quiet at motorway speeds.
However, the petrol engined Cooper is more fun. It revs more sweetly and the engine is lighter so the Clubman feels a little more sprightly, although you do have to work it harder. The Cooper S is much quicker as you'd expect but not as much as you'd expect given that it has 175PS.
It does come with a 'power' button that quickens and weights up the steering although it creates an artificial feel. However the Clubman is still good fun to drive like any MINI with agile handling. The longer wheelbase actually helps here and it feels just as keen in corners but with better ride quality.
Opt for larger wheels though and the ride quickly deteriorates. The noise from bigger tyres on a poor road surface can be truly atrocious.
|Cooper||51–55 mpg||9.1–9.8 s||121–129 g/km|
|Cooper Automatic||44 mpg||10.9 s||152 g/km|
|Cooper D||66–72 mpg||8.6–10.2 s||103–113 g/km|
|Cooper D Automatic||54–66 mpg||8.5–10.6 s||113–138 g/km|
|Cooper S||48 mpg||7.5 s||137 g/km|
|Cooper S Automatic||44 mpg||7.7 s||150 g/km|
|Cooper SD||64 mpg||8.6 s||115 g/km|
|Cooper SD Automatic||53 mpg||8.8 s||141 g/km|
|John Cooper Works||42 mpg||6.8 s||155 g/km|
|John Cooper Works Automatic||39 mpg||6.7 s||167 g/km|
|One||51 mpg||11.1 s||129 g/km|
|One Automatic||44 mpg||12.8 s||152 g/km|
|One D||72 mpg||11.8 s||103 g/km|
Real MPG average for a MINI Clubman (2007 – 2014)
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