Mini Clubman

Mini Clubman Motability car sideThe all new Clubman is 4.25 metres long and 1.8 metres wide making it 27 cm longer and 7.3 cm wider than the Mini 5 door, with 10 cm added to the wheelbase. The new Clubman has retained the two barn doors for the boot but has sensibly done away with the single rear-hinged ‘clubdoor’ from the old model (which was roadside for UK customers) in favour of two conventional rear doors. The new car is based on the new front-wheel-drive architecture that’s shared with the three and five-door Mini and the new BMW X1, and once inside, the car’s increase in size is immediately noticeable, with far more knee and headroom, the Clubman is now fair, if somewhat quirky, competition to the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra.

 

Mini Clubman Motability car rearOn the road the Clubman still drives like a Mini should, but the softer suspension takes away some of the fun and engagement of the three-door model. The upside is it’s very comfortable over long distances. The dashboard is dominated by a large screen that sits where the speedometer used to be in older Minis and can be 6.5 or 8.8 inches should you wish to upgrade. The controller on the central console operates most of the car’s systems so there’re less buttons to clutter up the dashboard. The 360-litre boot can be raised to 1,250 litres if you fold the rear seats down making it similar in size to the Golf.

 

Mini Clubman Motability car interiorTwo trim levels, the Cooper and Cooper S are available to mobility customers, The Cooper has 16″ alloy wheels, Sat Nav, a Bluetooth handsfree system for your mobile phone and keyless start. Upgrading to Cooper S (or SD) gives you 17″ alloy wheels, twin exhausts, sports seats and a ‘Performance Control’ system to tweak the car’s driving characteristics. The Chili pack, which retails at £2785, can be added to either trim for a value £300 – £400, it features half-leather upholstery with heated sports seats, Mini comfort access system, park distance control, automatic air-con and LED headlights.

 

Mini Clubman Motability Car - 1The 2.0-litre four-cylinder in the Cooper D offers fuel consumption of 68.9 mpg and 0-62mph takes 8.6 seconds or a tenth quicker with the auto. The Cooper S is the most powerful petrol and produces 189bhp from it’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds (7.1 with the auto) and it maxes out at 142 mph. With the brilliant 8 speed automatic gearbox it can return 48.7mpg and 45.6 mpg as a six speed manual. The three-cylinder 1.5 litre Cooper produces 134 bhp and accelerates from 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 127mph. Fuel economy is 55.4 mpg. The new BMW shared 8 speed Automatic is highly recommended it flicks through the gears with ease, makes urban driving effortless, at retail this is a £1700 extra but to mobility customers it is £3-500 extra on the Advance Payment.

 Autumn Best Buy – MINI Clubman Cooper  (134bhp 1.5 litre Petrol)   –   £499 Advance Payment (£62.74 wpms) or £999 as Automatic (£64.80 +£190 wpms)

 Autumn Best Buy – MINI Clubman Cooper S (189bhp 2.0 litre Petrol)   –   £999 Advance Payment (£64.60 +£190 wpms) or £1499 as Automatic (£446 wpms)

 Autumn Best Buy – MINI Clubman Cooper D  (148bhp 2.0 litre Diesel)   –   £999 Advance Payment (£64.60 +£190 wpms) or £1849 as Automatic (£796 wpms)