MINI Clubman's fleet appeal is as broad as a barn door

  • MINI Clubman Cooper petrol costs just £60 a month in tax
  • More practical than before with proper rear doors
  • A left-field and characterful alternative to standard hatchback choices

The old MINI Clubman was a more practical version of the standard hatchback but was hamstrung by hard-to-access back seats (only one rear door) and not particularly big boot.

This new model comes with more interior space than before, a high standard specification, and for the first time a pair of proper doors for rear passengers.

Offering a similar amount of space as a VW Golf, BMW 1 Series and Ford Focus but with a much more characterful appearance, the new MINI Clubman offers a more characterful car than its rivals.

Small estate looks are unusual

MINI Clubman offers low petrol and diesel BIK rates

Catching the eye of company car drivers will be the low-emission Cooper D and Cooper SD models, which cost £22,265 and £24,255 respectively.

Our calculations* show that currently the petrol-powered Cooper model is the cheapest per month. Thanks to its significantly lower asking price and 118g/km of CO2, you’ll pay just £60 a month, while fuel consumption is 55.4mpg.

When the diesel surchange no longer applies from April though, the next cheapest,  the diesel Cooper D  is likely to be the most cost-effective choice which produces 148bhp and 68.9mpg, while emitting 109g/km with a manual gearbox slotting the car into a 19 percent BIK band for the current tax year. This costs £70 and is a better all-rounder as it’s a bit quicker and uses less fuel.

Pick the faster Cooper SD and you’ll race from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds, more than a second quicker than the Cooper D. This produces 119g/km of CO2 and claims 62.8mpg, and will cost you £81 a month.

High quality cabin

What else is new in the MINI Clubman?

You now get a proper pair of rear doors to ease access for passengers, while the old car had two fronts and one half-sized rear door. 

Inside you get a similar amount of space to other popular mid-sized hatchbacks, seating four comfortably and five when needed.

The Clubman’s party trick is its special barn-door opening to the boot. There are two small doors which can be opened individually or together to make accessing the 360-litre loadspace easy.

You can now do this automatically by pressing a button on the handle or keyfob, or hands free with a kicking motion under the bumper.

Big boot is easy to access

Well-equipped whichever you choose

As all UK cars start at the usually mid-table Cooper level, there’s a generous amount of kit on offer.

Both petrol and diesel cars get 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, sat nav, Bluetooth connectivity, interior lights pack, central-display with LED ring, keyless start, and a start/stop system as standard.

Also included is the “Excitement Package”, which adds a choice of coloured interior lights, and a MINI logo-shaped puddle light from the driver’s side door mirror. 

The Cooper SD brings exterior chrome, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, twin exhaust pipes, front sports seats and Performance Control to helps control understeer.

The new MINI Clubman order books are now open.

*Calculations based on a 20 percent tax payer.

Clever barn doors remain