MINI

MINI CLUBMAN ESTATE 1.5 Cooper Exclusive 6dr [Comfort/Nav+ Pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2137 g/km

The first modern-era MINI Clubman was launched in 2007 as the first truly practical MINI - but came with one key drawback: you couldn't have two rear passenger doors. This second generation model not only corrects that oversight but is also smarter, better equipped, higher-tech and more efficient. But can it set itself apart from the Hatch 5-Door and Countryman models in MINI's range? Let's see.

CLUB CLASS

With this second generation Clubman model, the British-based MINI brand sets its sights on premium hatchbacks like the Mercedes A-Class and Audi A3. Jonathan Crouch drives one.

Ten Second Review

The first modern-era MINI Clubman was launched in 2007 as the first truly practical MINI - but came with one key drawback: you couldn't have two rear passenger doors. This second generation model not only corrects that oversight but is also smarter, better equipped, higher-tech and more efficient. But can it set itself apart from the Hatch 5-Door and Countryman models in MINI's range? Let's see.

Background

It's hard to think of a modernday motoring success story to rival that of BMW's MINI. The Bavarians took the 60s design concept, super-sized it and made it the ultimate automotive fashion accessory for the early years of the 21st Century. But the car's cheeky compact size was both its greatest draw and its only real limiting factor. If the same design could be produced with a dash more practicality, couldn't many more customers be persuaded to join the great MINI Adventure? The prospect was tempting, but the problem for the German designers was in creating a truly versatile family car that kept the original three-door model's essential MINI-ness. They'd already watched rivals Mercedes struggle - and fail - to develop the smart brand in the same way. What they eventually came up with in 2007 was this model, the MINI Clubman, an estate car, but not as we knew it. Curious, quirky and thoroughly individualistic, it was a perfect fit for a brand that has always been all those things. Nine years later, we got that car's successor, this MK2 model Clubman. With five proper doors this time round, a smarter look, extra space and all the MINI brand's latest technology, it's an intriguing prospect. What we're looking at here is a usefully revised version of that car.

Driving Experience

So what's it like on the road? A little different from the MINI norm is the answer - but thankfully, not too different. No, it doesn't feel quite as sharp and frisky as the 5 Door Hatch model to drive, but then this is a larger, heavier car. Anyway, compensation comes with better refinement and far superior ride quality thanks to a purpose-designed multi-link rear suspension system. If you want to tweak the damping, an optional 'Variable Damper Control' control system allows you to do it, working through the 'Green', 'MID' and 'Sport' settings of the 'MINI Driving Modes' system, another extra-cost feature. There's a familiar range of engines under the bonnet. There's a three cylinder 1.5-litre petrol unit with 136hp in the 'Cooper' version, while the Cooper S gets a 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol engine with 192hp. If you want a diesel (a rare thing in a MINI of almost any sort these days), there's a 2.0-litre powerplant with 150hp in the 'Cooper D'. Standard with all the engines is a six-speed manual gearbox - with 7-speed Steptronic automatic transmission optional on the petrol variants. There's no performance reduction if you do decide on the auto option. In fact, the eight-speed units actually reduce the 0-62mph times.

Design and Build

A MINI Clubman should always be distinctive amongst a sea of look-alike family hatches; it still is. Changes with this revised model are minimal, perhaps the most notable one being the re-designed grille, which now extends across the entire bumper. With a sleeker structure for the air inlet, it gives the front view a more distinctive appearance. The grille is bordered by a slim frame produced from a single piece. There are also re-styled circular LED headlamps. The grille is bordered by a slim frame produced from a single piece. There are also re-styled circular LED headlamps. If your experience of BMW-engineered Clubmans goes back to the first generation version, you'll be pleased to find that the unique Minivan-style split rear doors for the loadbay still remain, though buyers these days have the option of opening them at the push of a button on the key fob or by waggling a foot under the rear bumper. The rear lights now get full-LED illumination and are mounted on the rear doors, helping make the Clubman appear broader. The same effect is achieved by the wide-spaced twin exhausts on the Cooper S. There are still plenty of MINI design touches inside too, including toggle switches, lashings of chrome and a circular theme running through the cabin. Look down at the wheel and you'll also notice the BMW 'i-Drive' style rotary controller which was introduced in the MINI hatch, this feature promising easy navigation of the built-in infotainment system which includes sat-nav on all models. The boot size is a respectable 360-litres - or 1250-litres with the rear seats down.

Market and Model

There are three trim levels - 'Classic', 'Sport' and 'Exclusive' - and prices start from just over £21,000. Overall, the sums being asked are right around what you'll pay for an equivalent Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz A-Class or BMW 1-Series. If you're a keen driver, then the Clubman's performance and promise of go kart-like handling may be enough to seal the deal. Instead of the standard 6-speed manual transmission, a 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch is optionally available for the MINI Cooper Clubman and the MINI Cooper S Clubman. A 7-speed Steptronic sports transmission is also optionally available for the MINI Cooper S Clubman. Fresh options include fresh body colours and a new sports suspension set-up. Standard equipment levels are pretty generous. Even 'Classic' variants get a 6.5" colour infotainment screen, intelligent emergency call via an embedded 4G SIM card, a DAB digital radio, 'Apple CarPlay 'phone connectivity, ambient lighting, exterior MINI logo projection and automatic headlights with rain sensor. 'Sport' models include John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit and Spoiler, John Cooper Works Alloy Wheels, Sports Suspension, John Cooper Works Bucket Seats, John Cooper Works Steering Wheel and an anthracite interior headliner. 'Exclusive' trim gives you upgraded 'Exclusive' alloy wheels, a chrome line exterior finish, 'MINI Yours' Lounge leather upholstery, a 'MINI Yours' leather steering wheel, 'MINI Yours' interior trim and an interior chrome line finish. Across the range, expect the usual range of MINI safety features, including ABS, stability control, traction control and optional adaptive cruise control.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.5-litre petrol 'Cooper' variant is notably economic, in manual form managing up to 50.4mpg (WLTP-rated) and up to 127g/km of CO2 (NEDC-rated). For the auto version, the figures are 53.3mpg and 120g/km. For the 2.0-litre petrol Cooper S, you're looking at up to 44.1mpg and 145g/km in manual form or up to 51.4mpg and 125g/km as an auto. For the 2.0-litre diesel, the readings are up to 65.7mpf and up to 113g/km as a manual or up to 67.3mpg and up to 111g/km as an auto. Buyers should expect a standard 3 year 60,000 mile warranty, with fixed price servicing under MINI's TLC scheme a worthwhile option. Residuals have always been a MINI strongpoint, so your Clubman should retain a good chunk of its value when you come to sell. Just make sure you don't go overboard on the extensive options list. Speaking of options, try to keep any paint combinations on the tasteful side to maximise resale value.

Summary

The designers have done their damnedest to make this second generation Clubman a distinct and desirable model in its own right. The result is characterful but distinctly MINI - just as potential buyers will want. If you need a practical car from this brand and find the Hatch 5-Door model too small and the Countryman Crossover too quirky, then the Clubman may be for you a perfect fit. It certainly makes its BMW 2 Series Active Tourer donor car look a little bland. True, the 2.0-litre engines further up the range aren't quite as efficient as those you'll find in rivals but MINI is close enough to the pace in this regard for that not to matter very much. It all means that if you want something compact but practical and a bit different, then this Clubman will probably suit. Either way, potential owners have to be people unafraid to fly in the face of convention. If that's you, then a bigger MINI adventure beckons.

  • Electric windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rain sensor with auto headlights
  • Rear window wiper
  • Sun/heat protection glass

  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Electronic handbrake
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

  • Mini E-call
  • Compatible mobile phone bluetooth with audio streaming

  • Electro-mechanical speed dependant steering assistance
  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention

  • Automatic start/stop function with brake energy recuperation

  • MINI TeleServices
  • Digital cockpit
  • Instrument cluster
  • On board computer

  • Chrome line interior

  • High precision injection
  • Double Vanos system
  • Fully variable valve control

  • FM tuner and DAB digital radio

  • Side scuttle panel with integrated indicator
  • Split rear doors
  • Model logo
  • Door sill strips
  • Body colour fuel filler cap
  • Left exhaust tailpipe with chrome finisher
  • Chrome line exterior
  • Model logo on rear doors
  • Exhaust tailpipe
  • Chrome radiator grille bars
  • Chrome lower front grille grating

  • LED rear light with union jack design
  • White indicator lenses
  • Rear fog lights
  • Dynamic brake lights

  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • Toolkit
  • Glove compartment
  • Cupholders
  • Chrome air vents, gear lever base and door handles
  • 360L luggage compartment capacity
  • Chrome interior highlights
  • 4 lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • Height and length steering column adjustment
  • Leather gearshift lever and handbrake gaiters
  • MINI Yours fine walk nappa leather steering wheel with contrast stitching in silver and MINI Yours badge
  • English handbook

  • LED reading lights, vanity mirror lights, front foot well light and spotlight on front seats
  • Interior lighting with 12 basic colours selectable via toggle switch in roof

  • Navigation plus pack - Mini Clubman
  • Excitement pack - Clubman

  • 2 tone horn
  • 6 Airbags - front, side, head and seat belt tensioners
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat

  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Alarm system with tilt sensor, monitoring doors, bonnet interior and tailgate
  • Start/stop toggle with keyless go
  • Deadlocking function
  • Auto drive away locking
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser

  • 6 Speed manual transmission including gear change indicator display

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 185
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 121
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 137
  • CO2 (g/km): 127
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B38A15M1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1499

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.3

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 21E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Cooper Ex Com/Nv+
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 162
  • Engine Torque - NM: 220
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.2
  • Top Speed: 128
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 22.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: STAR SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2018
  • Height: 1441
  • Length: 4266
  • Width: 1800
  • Wheelbase: 2670

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1335
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1875
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 48
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 360
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 705
  • Max. Loading Weight: 540
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1250
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3

  • Heated front windscreen: £150
  • Darkened rear glass: £300

  • Adaptive suspension with Mini driving modes: £700

  • MINI Driving Modes - centre toggle switch to control driving setting (sport, mid and green): £200
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

  • Head up Display: £500

  • Mini Yours illuminated piano black interior trim: Included
  • Mini Yours illuminated Fibre alloy interior: £0
  • Mini Yours illuminated Frozen Blue interior style: £0

  • Harman Kardon Hi Fi system with amplifier and 12 speakers: £600
  • 6 speakers: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Bonnet Stripes - White: £150
  • Bonnet Stripes - Black: £150
  • Panoramic opening glass sunroof: £800
  • Silver roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Special Metallic paint: £795
  • Special solid paint: £595
  • White roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Black roof and mirror caps: £0
  • Bonnet Stripes - Silver: £150
  • Matt black roof rails: £200
  • Body colour roof and mirror caps: Included

  • LED headlights with closed ring as daytime driving lights: Included
  • Adaptive LED Headlights with matrix function: £500

  • Through load system: £200
  • Anthracite headlining with grab handles and clothes hooks: £200
  • Chester leather upholstery with sport seats: £0
  • MINI Yours lounge leather upholstery with sports seats: Included
  • Headliner with grab handles and clothes hooks: Included

  • Comfort pack - Mini Clubman: Included
  • Comfort plus pack - Mini Clubman: £700
  • Driver assistance pack - Mini Clubman: £800

  • Metallic - White silver: £595
  • Metallic - Starlight Blue: £595
  • Metallic - Moonwalk Grey: £595
  • Metallic - Midnight black: £595
  • Metallic - Indian Summer Red: £595
  • Metallic - British Racing Green IV: £595

  • Solid - Pepper White: £0

  • Special Metallic - Enigmatic black: £795
  • Special solid - Chili red: £595

  • Warning triangle and first aid kit: £60

  • Front passenger isofix and airbag deactivation: £100
  • Electric adjustable seats with memory function: £1,100
  • Mechanical seat adjustment, driver seat height adjust, forward/back and front seats backrest: Included

  • Comfort access system: £350

  • Trailer tow hitch: £700

  • Chester leather - Indigo blue with sports seats: £0
  • MINI Yours lounge leather - Carbon black with sport seats: £0
  • Chester leather - Malt Brown with sports seats: £0
  • Chester leather - Satellite grey with sports seats and Satellite grey colour line: £0

  • 18" Silver Star spoke alloy wheels: Included
  • 18" Multiray spoke alloy wheels: £500
  • 18" Multiray spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres: £700
  • 18" Mini Yours British Spoke alloy wheels: £500
  • 18" Mini Yours British Spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres: £700
  • 18" Silver Star spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres: £200
  • 18" Black Star spoke alloy wheels with run flat tyres: £300
  • 18" Black Star spoke alloy wheels: £100

  • Space saver spare wheel: £100
  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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