2017 Mini Clubman Review: a more mature Mini

Introduction

MINI has owned up to getting it wrong with the previous Clubman. A curious layout had two and a half passenger doors that forced too many big compromises. This version has been enlarged to compete as a more mainstream family car, with four doors for passengers and a larger boot, while maintaining the unique Clubman twin side-hinged doors at the tail.

 

Body Style: 5dr Hatchback           Seats: 5                           MRP from £19,090 - £29,345

 

Did you know? The original 1969 Clubman was simply a front-end restyle of the earlier Mini, marketed as a more upmarket product

 

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict:★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Moving more into the mainstream has boosted the MINI Clubman’s appeal massively. It was a bit of an oddball, but now it serves as a legitimate and logical next step up from a five-door MINI Hatchback. Don’t imagine it’s big, though - it’s still more cramped than some more conventional rivals, like the Audi A3 Sportback or VW Golf, and it has lost some of the Mini hatch cuteness in the lengthening process. It’s more functional, certainly, and has charming petrol engines, but you still need to be a MINI fan to justify its price.

Design & Exterior

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Technology & Connectivity

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Performance & Handling

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Safety Features

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/1...