It might be the largest car in the Mini line-up but the Mini Clubman also offers an interesting alternative to some of the sector’s leading models. It's also a distinctive looking car that's great to drive with sprightly engines.
Potential owners of the Mini Clubman have a choice of impressive petrol and diesel engines with the Cooper D unit offering fuel efficiency and more power while the Cooper petrol engine is a good choice for driving around town.
Indeed, the Cooper D features a 2.0 litre four-cylinder unit under the bonnet which should return around 69 mpg with emissions of 104g/km. It has a top speed of 132 mph and will take 8.5 seconds to reach 62 mph. There's also an SD engine available which is also 2.0 litres but delivers more power.
For those drivers who prefer petrol engines, the Cooper S offers a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit producing 190 bhp and a lively performance; it will reach 62 mph in just over seven seconds and will go on to a top speed of 142 mph. However, despite the excellent levels of performance, the economy is a reasonable 49 mpg with emissions of 134g/km. For owners of the Mini Clubman who would like a cheaper to run petrol engine, then the three cylinder engine offers a nice alternative and produces 140 bhp with a top speed of 127 mph and will return 55 mpg.
There's no doubt the new generation of the Mini Clubman is a more impressive offering than the model it replaces; it's also a sound alternative to those who are looking at the Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus, for instance.
The interior has been well-designed and made with premium materials with supportive and comfortable seats. The dashboard is also impressive and the boot is spacious enough for a small family with 360 litres available. This expands to a more useful 1,250litres with the rear seats folded flat, which is similar in size to the VW Golf.
Behind the steering wheel, the view ahead is excellent, and the Clubman retains the renowned cart-like handling of its siblings. Indeed, there's fun to be had since the engines are sprightly and the suspension delivers a comfortable ride. It is particularly comfortable over long journeys. Access to the boot is easy with the rear doors and though the split doors limit visibility from the rear-view mirror, it is something drivers will become accustomed to.
Essentially, the Mini Clubman offers an engaging and rewarding drive and is particularly good fun to drive around town. It's also available with all-wheel drive though in everyday use, there's a lot to recommend the Clubman as a great all-rounder.
Why not have a look at the Clubman on the official MINI UK company website and get the latest news about the Clubman at The British MINI Owners' Club. You may also like to see what they're saying about it on the Top Gear website.
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