Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Should you buy a MINI Clubman?

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

A Volkswagen Golf is a more accomplished all-rounder but it doesn’t compete with the Clubman on character – a difficult thing to quantify. This quirky model offers a degree of charm that its rivals can’t really match.

The Clubman is a practical 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 essential rear visibility.

The Clubman’s cabin is poorly equipped as standard but well-built and characterful, while the engine line-up is strong from the entry-level right up to the JCW hot hatch.

We’d recommend most drivers opt for either a Cooper or Cooper S. Classic trim is slightly stingy but with a few well-placed options can feel quite plush – however, be warned that MINIs tend to get very expensive quite quickly.

As for hot hatch buyers, 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.

2019 MINI Clubman front three quarter