With the re-energised MINI 3-door Hatch having already raised eyebrows, pulses and hopes and the MINI 5-door Hatch having been launched to great acclaim, the new MINI Clubman carries on the (almost) re-invention of the iconic car with possibly their best version yet.
Style fans need not worry too much; the MINI Clubman signature design feature – its split rear doors – are still there, but there's now four full-sized side doors as well, so accessibility is further enhanced with generous space for five occupants and excellent luggage capacity on top of the expected innovative touches, first-rate materials and classic MINI driving characteristics.
The latest generation of MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology engines have been installed under the bonnet, and new to the MINI brand is an 8-speed Steptronic transmission, available as an option on the MINI Cooper S Clubman, the MINI Cooper D Clubman and the MINI Cooper SD Clubman.
All this on top of other new features making their MINI brand debut on the new Clubman, including an electric parking brake, full electric seat adjustment and the optional MINI Yours Interior Styles with backlit door bezels.
The new MINI Clubman includes MINI’s highly acclaimed Navigation System as standard on all models, as well as the MINI Excitement Package as standard, which features a projection of the brand logo on to the ground beneath the driver’s side door mirror when the car is opened and closed, as well as extended interior lighting.
Let's take a look in a bit more detail.
Rather than a redesign, the new MINI Clubman can be said to have undergone a reinterpretation. With a link to the MINI heritage in silhouette with the extended roof line and steeply angled rear, the new longer and wider MINI Clubman combines sporting style with outstanding functionality.
Circular headlamps with chrome surrounds, a hexagonal radiator grille and power dome bonnet help to highlight the car’s solid and purposeful stance, with the bumper trim serving as a number plate carrier and finished in high-gloss black. LED headlamps are available as an optional extra, surrounded by an LED daylight driving ring.
In profile, the MINI Clubman’s distinctive silhouette is most obvious with the bottom edge of the body featuring a black surround, with new side scuttles finished in matt and high-gloss black on the MINI Cooper Clubman and MINI Cooper D Clubman, and in chrome with an 'S' logo on the MINI Cooper S Clubman and MINI Cooper SD Clubman.
The MINI Clubman’s distinctive split rear doors are side-hinged on the outer edge and opened by a dual-section chrome door handle, or remotely in combination with the optional Comfort Access function.
Available at launch in four non-metallic and eight metallic paint finishes (that include Melting Silver metallic and Pure Burgundy metallic for the first time, as well as the MINI Yours paint Lapisluxury Blue), the roof and exterior mirror caps can be finished in white, black or silver as a no-cost option.
The internal space of the MINI Clubman has been reworked using the four full-sized doors' improved access to create generous passenger space for five occupants, along with versatile cabin and varied storage solutions. With the three rear seats in place, the boot compartment has a volume of 360 litres; and using either the 60:40 rear seat split or the 40:20:40 seat option, the load volume can be increased in stages up to 1,250 litres. A storage package is also available, featuring a variable load compartment floor, additional storage, lashing eyes, attachment nets and a cargo positioning feature which can lock the rear seats to 90 degrees allowing for more cargo space.
The internal ambience of the MINI Clubman has also been looked at a re-invented, with the striking style of the instrument panel (housing the speedometer and rev counter) and centre console continuing into the door trim. The iconic circular central instrument layout is still sat proudly at the heart of the dashboard, and fitted with a full-colour 6.5" or 8.8" screen that serves as a display for infotainment, phone and navigation functions. Around it sits an LED ring surround which can optionally respond to the current situation on the road and to specific operating procedures by means of an interactive lighting display.
Air conditioning controls are located below the central screen along with standard USB and aux sockets and MINI’s retro and much-loved toggle switches, with a red one serving as the start/stop button for the engine.
Using the new MINI Yours Interior Styles option, the door trim design is highlighted via illuminated decorative strips, and combined with interior trim finishers of various types - and there is also the option of the MINI Excitement Pack which features LED interior and ambient lighting to illuminate the cabin with a choice of selectable colours as well and an external light display that is activated when unlocking and locking the car using the remote key. The MINI logo is projected onto the ground for 20 seconds from a light source housed in the exterior mirror on the driver’s side.
Another new option is the electrical adjustment of the Driver and front passenger seats are adjustable with yet another new option that includes memory function on the driver’s side along with seat height, longitudinal position, surface angle, back rest angle and lumbar settings adjustable at the press of a button.
When it comes to the optional extras, it is believed that over 50% of MINI Clubman customers will choose the Chili pack which adds a host of additional extras to the car such as cloth/leather upholstery with heated sports seats, MINI’s comfort access system, park distance control, automatic air conditioning, LED headlights and LED fog lights.
The new MINI Clubman is available with the choice of two petrol engines of three and four cylinders, and two diesel engines with four cylinders, all to EU6 emissions standards and all with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology.
These are the 4 different engine variants:
MINI Cooper S Clubman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control),
MINI Cooper Clubman: 3-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbo charging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control),
MINI Cooper D Clubman: 4-cylinder diesel engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, common rail direct injection),
MINI Cooper SD Clubman: 4-cylinder diesel engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, common rail direct injection),
MINI Clubman petrol engines feature turbocharging, direct injection with centrally placed injectors, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control and variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side.
Six-speed manual transmissions are standard on all versions of the MINI Clubman, with an optional six-speed Steptronic transmission available on the new MINI Cooper Clubman, and 8-speed Steptronic transmission on the MINI Cooper S Clubman, the MINI Cooper D Clubman and the MINI Cooper SD Clubman.
The new MINI Cooper Clubman and Cooper D start off with a generous standard specification which includes:
The MINI Cooper S Clubman and Cooper SD add in:
To register your interest in leasing the new MINI Clubman, contact one of our representatives here at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts.