A funky, neatly designed interior is one of the many reasons lots of people find Minis so appealing; happily, the cabin of the Clubman is suitably stylish. There are lots of cool details, and it’s all built and finished to a very high standard. Only the Audi A3 goes one better for fit and finish.
The Clubman’s driver's seat is quite short under the thigh, needs a little more side support in corners — an issue not solved even in the sportiest versions — and you have to pay extra for adjustable lumbar support on most models. That sounds damming, but it's not enough to stop the seat being generally comfortable on longer trips. Other than that the driving position is one of the very best in the class, with a huge amount of adjustment to the driver's seat and steering wheel, and the controls are all easy to master.
That includes the infotainment system, which has a rotary controller that is dead simple to use while driving. It only comes with a 6.5in screen as standard, but you can upgrade that to an 8.8in screen (with the optional Navigation Plus Pack) that adds the flexibility of touchscreen control, as well as a host more features — to bring it more in line with the A-Class's well-equipped system. These include a concierge service, online subscriptions and the ability to link the car to Amazon Alexa, as we mentioned in the intro.
Visibility out, in all directions, isn’t bad, either. It’s only the split in the rear doors that frustrate mildly; they creates a central blind spot directly behind the car. If you think that will be an issue then go for the Sport trim, which comes with rear parking sensors as standard. Front sensors and a rear-view camera are included with the (pricey) Comfort Plus Pack. Meanwhile, at night all models benefit from LED headlights to go with the snazzy Union Flag-design rear taillights.