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Some might argue that there's not much that's mini about the Mini Clubman. After all, it's a Volkswagen Golf-sized family car, even if it does take its design cues from the Mini Traveller and Countryman estates of the 1960s.
After the current Countryman SUV, the Clubman is one of the larger models that Mini offers. Thanks to its size, its four passenger doors, and its unique 'barn' doors boot arrangement, it’s one of the more practical as well. But perhaps the main draw is that it's more distinctive and customisable than many of its rivals, which, include the Volkswagen Golf, Mercedes A-Class and Audi A3 Sportback.
In 2019 Mini gave the Clubman a mild facelift. This included a new-look front end with a revised grille and headlights, plus distinctive Union Flag-aping LED tail-lights to bring it in line with the design of the Mini three and five-door hatchbacks. It also upgraded the infotainment system to offer innovative features such as the ability to connect to Amazon's Alexa voice assistant; this allows you to ask Alexa whether the Clubman's doors are locked, where the car is located and when its next service is due.
The range was slimmed down at the same time, but you can still choose from a diesel engine and three petrols, including the 302bhp Mini Clubman John Cooper Works model.
Speaking of which, Mini likes to position itself as a sporty brand, so is the Clubman any good to drive? Read on over the next few pages to get our in-depth impressions, and we'll give you a rundown of how it compares with its rivals, as well as our recommendations on which of those engine and trim levels to choose.
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