What alternatives should I consider to a used Mini Clubman estate?
Our current favourite rival to the Clubman would be the Volkswagen Golf. It’s comfier, roomier and even a little classier inside than the Clubman, although the downsides are that it blends into the crowd more readily and isn’t quite as taut or exciting to drive.
If you want a classy family hatchback with a premium badge on it, you could also try the Audi A3. Again, it doesn't quite have the stand-out looks of the Clubman, but its fabulously classy interior, excellent efficiency and cracking balance between ride and handling should make up for that.