- New MINI Clubman ALL4 joins the range
- BIK tax bills at £104* a month for diesel Cooper SD models
- First deliveries expected in April
It’s good news for company car drivers who need off-road capabilities as a four-wheel version of the new MINI Clubman has been launched.
Available on top Clubman trims - Cooper S and Cooper SD - first deliveries are expected to start from April 2016.
You’ve got a choice of two engines; one petrol and one diesel. The Cooper S ALL4 has a 2-litre four-cylinder petrol under the bonnet with 189bhp and 280Nm of torque, the most powerful option in the current MINI Clubman line-up, which can be combined with either a six-speed manual as standard or optionally with an eight-speed automatic.
Headline figures include an official combined fuel economy of 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions at 159g/km (146g/km when paired with the automatic), while the 0-62mph sprint takes just 6.9 seconds.
Company car drivers are more likely to be interested in the Cooper SD model with its 2-litre 187bhp diesel engine though, paired with the eight-speed automatic as standard. Crucially CO2 emissions are significantly lower than the petrol at 126g/km while the official combined fuel economy figure is set at 58.9mpg.
If you’re thinking the improved running costs figures mean a compromise on performance, you’ll be pleased to hear the MINI Cooper SD Clubman ALL4 can sprint from standstill to 62mph in just 7.2 seconds.
Cooper SD models slot into a 23 percent BIK tax band for the current 2015/16 tax year, rising to 25 percent in April. The petrol currently slots into a 26 percent band and goes up to 28 percent in the 2016/17 tax year (petrol engines accompanied by the optional manual gearbox slot into a 24 percent band for the current tax year).
P11D prices start from £24,250 for the manual petrol, while diesel models are available for £27,355, meaning monthly tax bills could be as low as £105* a month for the petrol and £104* for diesel versions.
Helping the Clubman tackle trickier terrain is the electronically controlled all-wheel drive system that distributes drive torque between the front and rear axles depending on specific road conditions, the traction control system is on hand to help the car out of loose sand and deep snow too.
Every MINI Clubman ALL4 benefits from the MINI Excitement Package as standard, which features a projection of the brand logo on to the ground beneath the driver’s side door, as well as extended interior lighting. Sat-nav is available as standard.
Click here to read our full review of the MINI Clubman
*Monthly tax costs are based on a 20 percent tax payer for the current 2015/16 tax year