Review: MINI Clubman (2007 – 2014)

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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.

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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'.

MINI Clubman 2007 Road Test

MINI Clubman Hampton SD 2011 Road Test and Video 

What does a MINI Clubman (2007 – 2014) cost?

List Price from £21,945
Buy new from £17,205
Contract hire from £187.18 per month
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MINI Clubman (2007 – 2014): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 3961–4253 mm
Width 1913–2022 mm
Height 1426–1441 mm
Wheelbase 2547–2670 mm

Full specifications

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.

Child seats that fit a MINI Clubman (2007 – 2014)

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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.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
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)

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

80%

Real MPG

28–68 mpg

MPGs submitted

389

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.

What have we been asked about the MINI Clubman (2007 – 2014)?

Every day we're asked hundreds of questions from car buyers and owners through Ask Honest John. Our team of experts, including the nation's favourite motoring agony uncle - Honest John himself - answer queries and conudrums ranging from what car to buy to how to care for it as an owner. If you could do with a spot of friendly advice before buying you're next car, get in touch and we'll do what we can to help.

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What would have caused the fire in my MINI?

I was driving recently when my 2007 MINI Clubman caught fire. It had had a new diesel engine fitted over the summer after the previous engine suffered a persistent oil leak. It had also had a recent service. Any idea what the cause of the fire may have been? The insurance company will not investigate as the damage is too severe.
Probably the oil feed pipe to the turbo bearing came off because the oil return pipe was blocked with carbon. Hot oil spraying onto a red hot turbo is the most likely reason for the fire.
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