2016 Mini Cooper Clubman Review – The “Not-so-Mini” Mini

Ever since BMW got a hold of the Mini brand, the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman, while still under super mini vehicle dimensions, is still far larger than the original classic Mini  Cooper Mr. Bean used to drive that little Reliant Robin into a ditch of some sort. As years go by and demands varied, the modern Cooper is now served in different flavors; from the standard three door hatch, a larger four door, an even larger crossover and now, a huge van wagon crossover thing? The Mini Cooper Clubman is an extra large  Cooper with rear doors and legroom along with a van-style split clamshell doors.

2016 Mini Cooper Clubman Review - The "Not-so-Mini" Mini

The 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman is By Far the Most Useful Mini on the Current Lineup

The 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman is significantly larger than the four door Cooper hardtop and on the outside it resembles a Cooper up front, a wagon at the sides and weird little van at the back thanks to those split doors. The extra dimensions added to the chassis makes up for extra room on the inside to comfortably fit 4 adults along with their luggage. Surprisingly the larger looking Clubman is still under compact car dimensions is only 0.8 inches larger than a Volkswagen Golf GTI and even if the GTI is smaller, the Golf actually has more room for both people and luggage than the Clubman. Under the hood is Mini’s standard 1.5 liter three cylinder turbo along with a six speed automatic transmission.

On the inside, you’ll find the premium Mini interior. The front seats are spacious, the signature Mini round screen infotainment panel is present on the center console along with the blend of old and new with switches and toggles paired with digital displays. Thanks to the extra wheelbase, getting in and out of the rear seats is now effortless along with more legroom.

Driving the 2016 Clubman is surprisingly good. While it is 435 pounds heavier than the standard Mini, the turbo three still remains feisty and is willing to pull the larger Mini up to decent speeds. Despite the added size and weight, the Clubman maintains Mini’s eagerness on corners, sharp handling, and stability.

Added heft and girth doesn’t stop the 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman from performing like its smaller siblings, it’s still zippy as always. Distinctive Mini Styling. Finally a Mini with useful space both for passengers at the back and cargo. Still, the premium quality interior and iconic exterior design adds to the price tag of the vehicle. Power delivery is not up to Cooper S levels. Fuel economy is also average. Despite it looking like a cross between a wagon and a van, The Mini Cooper Clubman still retains the classy looks, and sharp handling of its smaller siblings. Placed at the mid-range price for compact cars, it is not an easy choice but for those looking for a useful Mini, the Clubman fits the bill perfectly.


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