- Good to drive
- Exceptional interior
- Generous standard kit
- Not as spacious as some rivals
- 4-star NCAP
- More expensive than some
The biggest Mini is practical and stylish
The Mini Clubman is Mini’s answer to a family-orientated small estate car. First introduced in 2008, the Clubman aimed to answer the lack of space that is on offer in the standard Mini. With the biggest body ever to feature in a Mini, the Clubman is far from small. So family buyers can have unique looks, whilst still having enough space for a big family shop. It’s not as fun to drive as its little brother, but it’s still got a lot to offer.
An update in 2015 got rid of the bi-parting rear doors, in favour of a more conventional opening. New engines, and an improved interior also feature.
Contemporary, spacious interior
Since the update in 2015, the interior of the Clubman is much improved. There’s more practical space, and it’s as stylish as it’s ever been.
The dashboard of the Mini has always been one of its most striking characteristics. The big central-mounted speedometer has been ditched however, in favour of BMW’s excellent iDrive infotainment system. Materials used throughout the cabin are of a high quality, with soft-touch plastics and expensive-looking metal trims featuring heavily. It really is a stylish design, and there’s few cars that can match the uniqueness of the Mini Clubman.
Space wise, the Clubman is much improved over the previous version. With 360 litres of boot space, there’s more than enough room for shopping, a pram, or even a couple of suitcases. It’s finally a solid, practical family car. It’s not as spacious as a BMW 2 Series Touring (468 litres), or even a Volkswagen Golf (380 litres), but there’s enough space for most families.
Spec levels in the Mini Clubman are actually pretty impressive. Even in the most basic One trim, you’re going to get alloy wheels, sat-nav, DAB radio, and a keyless start system. The sat-nav and DAB radio are controlled through the excellent iDrive system, projected through a bright 6.5” colour display. There’s also plenty of optional extras, but even in this most basic trim, there’s more than enough for most buyers.
The interior of the Clubman really is an impressive package. It’s stylish, spacious, and features an impressive array of standard kit. It’s doesn’t have a boot quite as big as some rivals, but it’s still a great family car.
Rewarding, refined drive
The Mini Clubman is one of the best family cars to drive. It’s not quite as engaging as its smaller siblings, but it is more spacious, and for a family car it’s mightily impressive. Steering in the Clubman is precise, and offers plenty of feedback, which makes it a great performer on country roads. There’s also very little in the way of understeer- few family cars are as agile as the Mini Clubman.
Ride refinement is much improved over the previous Clubman. The old Clubman was widely criticised as being too stiff for a family focused car, but the 2015 update featured a brand-new, softer suspension system. This means that the Clubman easily irons out all but the worst of road surfaces. There’s still a little bit of road and wind noise at high speeds, but not enough for it to become intrusive.
Gearbox options in the Clubman come in two guises. The standard option is a six-speed manual transmission that’s an absolute pleasure to use. It features a short throw, which makes changing gear snappy. The optional automatic gearbox may be useful for those without a standard license, though it can sometimes miss gears, especially if you push it.
A range of economical, punchy engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Clubman, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s options throughout the range for all needs, with eco-friendly, fuel efficient, and exceptionally quick engines all featuring.
If it’s speed and power that you want from your Clubman, the best option to go for in the range is the impressive petrol-powered 2.0 litre Clubman S. This engine produces 192bhp, and will fire you from 0-62mph in just 7.1 seconds. This isn’t quite as quick as those on offer in the BMW 2 Series, or the Golf GTI, but it’s still mightily quick for such a practical family car.
Environmentally conscious buyers will be pleased to know that the Clubman range offers reasonably low CO2 emissions across the board. The greenest engine in the range however is the diesel-powered 2.0 litre Cooper D. With just 109g/km of C02 emissions, you’ll only pay £30 each year for road tax, as well as helping to save the planet. This model is also the most fuel-efficient, which makes it a great choice for money-savers. With up to 68.9mpg on offer, you can save yourself a lot of money each week at the fuel pumps.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Mini Clubman, you’re going to get an exceptional engine. There’s enough power no matter which option you go for, and fuel efficiency and C02 emissions are kept low throughout the range.
Only four stars at NCAP, but good standard safety kit
Unlike a lot of cars in its class, the Clubman failed to achieve the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. It scored well in adult safety (90%), but was let down by relatively poor child occupant safety (68%), and pedestrian protection (68%). With so many rivals offering 5-star ratings, it’s a little disappointing that BMW couldn’t manage it with the Clubman. Nevertheless, there’s still good standard safety kit. You’ll get ABS, Isofix points, traction control, and six airbags whichever model you go for.
Good value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Mini Clubman offers drivers impressive value for money. This obviously varies from model to model, but generally speaking, CO2 emissions are low throughout the range, and fuel efficiency figures are impressive. Diesel-powered Clubmans offer the best value, with the Clubman Cooper D being the standout.
Insurance costs in the Mini Clubman are a little more expensive than in some rivals, due to the car’s unique looks, but it’s still good value. The cheapest model in the Clubman range is the 1.5 One D, which is in group 15, whilst the most expensive is the 2.0 Cooper SD, which is in group 23. It’s not the cheapest car in its class, but it’s still relatively cheap to insure.
Depreciation is a factor with the Mini Clubman, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Mini Clubman is an exceptionally well-rounded small family car. It’s good to drive, features impressive engines throughout the range, has a classy interior, and features generous standard equipment. It’s doesn’t have the biggest boot in the class, nor is it the safest, but it’s still a great family family car.
Buying a used Mini Clubman online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Mini Clubman for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Clubman. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Mini Clubman online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Mini? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Mini Clubman, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Clubman, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Mini to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.