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 more comfortable, more spacious and even a little classier inside than the Clubman, although the downsides are that it blends into the crowd more readily, and it 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 Mini, but the fabulously classy interior, excellent efficiency and cracking balance between ride and handling should make up for that.
However, if what you’re really after is a small estate, you could try the Skoda Fabia Estate. It’s about half the price of the Clubman, like for like, but you pay for this with a cheaper interior and a smaller boot.