Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Should you buy a MINI Clubman estate?

Yes, if you want a stylish, reasonably practical compact car and can live with the Clubman’s little foibles.

Red 2019 MINI Clubman front three-quarter

Audi's A3 Sportback is a more accomplished all-rounder, as is the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback, but they can’t compete with the Clubman on character – a difficult thing to quantify, but its clear the MINI has it. This quirky model offers a degree of charm that its rivals can’t really match.

Certainly, the Clubman is practical for a MINI, with room for adults in the rear and a good-sized boot – both novelties for motorists more used to the dinky Hatch. Some touches hinder rather than help this impression, though, and as cool as the twin rear doors are we can’t ignore that they really do ruin rearward visibility.

We’d recommend most will find satisfaction with a Cooper S in Sport or Exclusive trim. Opt for the automatic gearbox, but go easy with other extras or you'll soon find you've specced a desirable but pricey little car

As for performance fans, the JCW is a good car but we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it over the likes of a Volkswagen Golf R – it’s simply not as much fun as it should be.

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Red 2019 MINI Clubman rear three-quarter