What used Mini Clubman estate will I get for my budget?
Expect to pay at least £9500 to get your hands on an early Clubman. A 2017 example with the 1.5-litre petrol engine, in desirable Cooper form and with the Chili Pack, can be found for £12,500, while a facelifted Cooper Exclusive with the same engine can be had from £19,000. Anyone looking for the ultimate Clubman will need £31,000 for the 302bhp John Cooper Works. In other words, it’s one of the more expensive family car options, sitting above the equivalent Volkswagen Golf or Audi A3.
How much does it cost to run a Mini Clubman estate?
The pre-WLTP 101bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine had a combined figure of 55.4mpg, while the 114bhp 1.5-litre and 187bhp 2.0-litre diesels got 74.2mpg and 62.8mpg respectively. Post-WLTP engines may appear worse on paper, but that's because you're more likely to actually achieve the numbers quoted. The 136bhp 1.5-litre petrol achieved a figure of 44.2mpg, the faster 192bhp 2.0 petrol got 40.4mpg and the crazy John Cooper Works is rated at 34.9mpg. Diesel lovers can get a 148bhp 2.0-litre engine good for 56.5mpg.
The 1.5-litre diesel slips into the free road tax band, thanks to official CO2 emissions of 99g/km, but the 2.0-litre diesels aren't far off this, at 113g/km and 114g/km respectively. Low road tax can be enjoyed by petrol fans as well, because the 101bhp 1.5-litre spits out only 119g/km, while the 136bhp 1.5-litre emits 127g/km. The 192bhp 2.0-litre in the Cooper S chucks out 145g/km, while the John Cooper Works is on 169g/km.
Road tax for all models registered before 1 April 2017 will vary depending on official CO2 emissions, while examples registered after this date will incur the flat rate fee for all cars that cost less than £40,000 when new. Beware, though: top-end Cooper SD and John Cooper Works models fitted with a few option packs could sneak into that higher-rate tax band. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.
Servicing costs for the Clubman are similar to those of the Audi A3, reflecting the fact that it's a premium product. Alternatively, you can opt to set up a monthly direct debit and buy a service plan online that covers two services, an MOT test, seasonal health checks, fluid top ups, sat-nav mapping updates and car cleaning for £17.99 plus a deposit.
The entry-level, insurance-friendly 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel One models sit in insurance groups 12 and 15 respectively. However, the more powerful 136bhp 1.5-litre petrol found in the Cooper isn't too much more costly in group 17. The 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel sits in group 18, but the punchier 187bhp Cooper SD is in group 23. Performance-hungry drivers that want to keep an eye on the purse strings should choose the Cooper S (group 26), because the upgraded John Cooper Works (from 2019) is in group 40.
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