2010 MINI Clubman | new car review

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 by








The Clubman arrived on the scene in 2009 as a five-door with a difference.

Instead of the conventional two doors on each side of the car, plus one at the back (the boot), the MINI Clubman has one door on the driver’s side, two on the passenger side (the rearmost of which opens backwards) and two side-hinged barn-style doors for the boot. It’s a real love-or-hate feature – but actually, once you get used to the layout, it’s rather more sensible than you might think.

For a start, it allows passengers to get in and out of the back of the MINI – yes, you read that correctly, this is a MINI with rear seats that are actually usable by real life people , without you as the driver having to get out of your chair. Rather selfish for sure, but then again, the MINI’s always been about the driver – the passengers are merely ballast. And the Clubman’s slightly longer stance when compared to the regular MINI hatch makes it a little bit more planted on the road.

Like the rest of the MINI range, the Clubman is offered with the same choices of 1.6-litre engine in Cooper (120bhp), Cooper S (175bhp) and John Cooper Works (211bhp) forms. The extra weight of the Clubman means that the Cooper option is really left to those who never have anywhere to get to in a hurry.

As with all MINIs, if you’re prepared to wait for it to arrive, you can specify every nuance of the Clubman to your heart’s content. However, we will warn you that ticking too many boxes can be quite hard on the wallet once it comes times to sign on the dotted line, so consider your options carefully.

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