MINI

MINI CLUBMAN ESTATE 1.5 Cooper Exclusive 6dr Auto [Comfort Pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2135 g/km

JOIN THE CLUB?

Only MINI could have brought us a family hatchback like the Clubman. June Neary checks the second generation version out

Will It Suit Me?

More than most, I'm fed up with boring cars. I, after all, have to drive different cars day-in, day-out and over time, one tends to blur into another. This week's ride was a welcome change from that. The second generation version of MINI's Clubman, after all, is not a car you would easily forget. It would have been easy for BMW, when faced with doing a Focus-sized version of the iconic MINI Hatch, simply to churn out something larger and more conventional. Instead, they've brought us the MINI Clubman. Many will hate it but I love the thing.

Practicalities

I was pleased to find two things here. First, I need to tell you that here are two side doors this time round. Incredibly, the original version of this car only provided one, and it was positioned on the wrong side of the car, forcing me to unload kids and packages in the middle of the road. Not clever. The other thing I was happy about with this MK2 model Clubman is that it still looks like a MINI, even though it's quite a substantial thing, almost identical in height and width to a Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus. If you're comparing against MINI's 5 Door Hatch, this car is 270mm longer and 73mm wider, which makes the difference in size between the two models as great as it is between a Focus and a Fiesta. As for the styling, well most who looked at my test model seemed to think that, if anything, this Clubman's stretched dimensions actually improve the slightly awkward aesthetics that you get on smaller MINI Hatch models. See if you agree. Inevitably, it's impossible with this car to discuss that subject without mentioning doors - specifically the twin-door arrangement at the rear that's supposed to hark back to the Austin Seven Countryman of the 1960s. The distinctive side-hinged split rear so-called 'Clubdoors' mark this model out from any other on the road. They open via a dual-section chrome handle or, with the optional 'Comfort Access' feature fitted, by waving your foot beneath the bumper if, key in pocket, you approach the car, laden down with bags. Inside, you'll find 360-litres of luggage space which is competitive with a Focus or a Golf. If that's not enough, then flattening the rear bench frees up more space than any MINI model to date has ever provided - 1,250-litres. Up-front, there's a design that's different, yet somehow still the same. What's changed is an interior that's more discreet and formal-looking than that of an ordinary MINI Hatch: it's much more spacious too, thanks to an extra 73mm of cabin width. Features like decent door armrests and a centre console that, for the first time on a MINI, extends up to the instrument panel make it feel more grown-up. In fact, you might even talk of a BMW-style feel were it not for familiar MINI touches like the column-mounted dials, the row of toggle switches below the ventilation controls, the personalisable interior light colours and, most familiar of all, the huge circular display that crowns the centre stack.

Behind the Wheel

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. Engine-wise, the range starts with a three cylinder 1.5-litre 136bhp petrol unit that can return over 55mpg on the combined cycle and 118g/km of CO2, even if you order your car with the optional 6-speed Steptronic auto transmission. The bulk of the range though, is based around 2.0-litre power that gives buyers the option of an 8-speed auto 'box as an alternative to the standard 6-speed manual. There's a 192bhp Cooper S petrol model, but most buyers will want the 150bhp Cooper D diesel I tried that makes 62mph from rest in around 8.5s but can still approach 70mpg in regular use. A pokier 190bhp Cooper SD variant is also offered.

Value For Money

MINI isn't troubling to address the budget end of the family hatchback segment here, instead targeting this second generation Clubman at Volkswagen's Golf and better-specified mainstream Focus or Astra models in this sector. That means pricing in the £20,000 to £25,000 bracket. I tried the volume 2.0-litre diesel Cooper D version which at the launch of this car was the least expensive diesel variant you could have. I reckon it's the one to go for, offering punchy 150bhp performance at a premium of around £2,300 over the 1.5-litre petrol-powered base 'Cooper' derivative. If you do want to go faster, you'll need around £23,000 for the potent petrol-powered Cooper S and getting on for £25,000 for the top diesel, the 190bhp Cooper SD. Across the range, there are auto gearbox options; primarily BMW's 8-speed automatic that works with 2.0-litre models like this Cooper D and costs around £1,600 more. Ask for an auto on the base three cylinder petrol Cooper derivative though and you'll have to have the older 6-speed Steptronic transmission that'll cost you around £1,500 more.

Could I Live With One?

Because I like to be different, I love it but I could quite understand why others would choose something else. It's a family hatch that you would buy for totally un-family hatch-orientated reasons. Only MINI could build such a car.

  • 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 pack - 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

  • 7 Speed steptronic transmission with double clutch including electronic gear shifter

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 117
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 138
  • 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: 141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 135
  • CO2 (g/km): 120
  • 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: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 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
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 46.3
  • 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: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 45.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.1
  • 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: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.2

  • 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 Exclusv Comf
  • 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: 1360
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1900
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 48
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 360
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 715
  • 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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