If you happen to like Minis but needed more space, this is the car you should take a look at.
The Mini Clubman represents the most practical model of the brand, with actual space for rear passengers and normal-sized rear doors for them to access it, making it capable of carrying four adults, maybe even five with a bit of a squeeze. CarBuyer reviews the Clubman in the Cooper D version.
The design of the Clubman may refer to a classic estate model, but the offered space and practicality makes it a stylish alternative to traditional family hatchbacks and perhaps the automaker is right when claiming this is the best way of looking at it.
The Clubman retains the split-rear door setup of its predecessor, which has an impact on rear-view visibility, while the luggage space is comparable with models like the Audi A3 Hatchback and not on par with similarly-priced larger estates.
As a true Mini, the new Clubman is considered a fun-to-drive, but certainly not cheap, competitor in its class, though the quality of the cabin places it in the top spots among its rivals, going some way in justifying the higher price tag.
In the end it’s all a matter of perspective , but if you look at the Mini Clubman as a genuine premium alternative to the traditional offerings of the compact segment, then suddenly it feels like a good option, provided you don’t go crazy with the expensive options list.