The all-new Mini Clubman will be larger and roomier than the old model, with a new door layout. It goes on sale on 31 October 2015.
What is it?
The new Clubman drops the quirky layout of its predecessor, which used a single rear-hinged nearside door, and now comes with four front-hinged doors.
It has grown, too, and is now larger than the current Mini Countryman. The new body design aims to provide the car with significantly improved versatility, through a combination of increased interior space and added luggage capacity.
The exterior design draws heavily on the latest hatchback, with a large single-frame grille, oval-shaped headlamps with LED graphics and a heavily rounded clamshell-style bonnet. This gives the front of the new Mini a clear family resemblance to its smaller siblings.
The new Clubman also adopts a breather element to draw air from the front wheelarches, a chrome housing for the side repeater lamps and four front-hinged frameless doors, with those at the rear extending well into the rear wheel arches for added ease of entry.
As with the old Clubman, the rear eschews the conventional tailgate of other modern Mini models for a pair of barn-style doors, featuring a prominent chrome opening mechanism. The vertically stacked tail lamps of other Mini models are also replaced by horizontal units, providing the new car with added visual width.
At 4253mm in length, the new Clubman is a significant 293mm longer than its predecessor. Width and height are also increased by 115mm and 16mm, at 1800mm and 1441mm respectively. To put that in perspective, the latest Mini is 158mm longer, 10mm wider and 119mm lower than the largest of the existing Mini models, the Countryman.
What’s it like inside?
Inside, the Clubman receives a new-look cabin with its own uniquely styled dashboard, an electronic handbrake and new controls, including the BMW-style rotary controller between the front seats, as featured on the latest Mini.
The design is more cohesive than other Mini models, while retaining traditional elements such as the large centrally mounted round binnacle. It is also a lot roomier than the old Clubman, with more space and storage areas.
The more functional nature of the new Mini is also reflected in the size of its boot. It has grown by 100 litres to 360 litres – 150 litres more than the hatchback and 10 litres more than the Countryman. A 60:40 split fold rear seat comes as standard. When the rear seats are folded away, the Clubman provides 1250 litres of luggage space.
What engines does it come with?
The Clubman will be available with the same engine options - two petrol engines and one diesel - as the Hatch was when it was launched last year.
The first petrol option is the 134bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder in the Cooper Clubman. In standard manual guise, it boasts an official 0-62mph time of 9.1sec, a 127mph top speed, average fuel economy of 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 118g/km.
The quickest model, the Cooper S Clubman, gets a 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 189bhp. It is claimed to reach 62mph in 7.2sec, with a top speed of 142mph, while returning 45.6mpg and 144g/km.
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel serves up 148bhp in the Cooper D Clubman, which has a 0-62mph time of 8.6sec, a 132mph top speed, and 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km.
All the engines come with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, with either a six- or new eight-speed automatic gearbox with steering wheel mounted shift paddles available as an option.
Further engines are planned, including a 168bhp version of the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel in an upcoming Cooper SD Clubman model, and a 228bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit in a future Cooper S Clubman John Cooper Works range-topper.
Later in the Clubman’s life a plug-in hybrid version with a three-cylinder engine is also likely.
How much equipment does it come with?
All Mini Clubman models come with 16in alloy wheels, satellite navigation, Bluetooth and LED interior lighting. The Cooper S gets larger 17in alloy wheels, twin exhausts and front sports seats.
A further option is the Mini Driving Modes function. Activated via a rotary switch at the base of the gear lever, it provides the choice of three driving modes: Green, Mid and Sport.
The standard wheels are either 16in with 205/55 rubber (on the Cooper and Cooper D) or 17in with 245/45 profile tyres (on the Cooper S).
How much does it cost?
Pricing for the new Mini Clubman starts at £19,995 for the Cooper model, while the Cooper D costs from £22,265. The top of the range Cooper S costs £22,755.
Can I get a discount?
Mini’s desirability means that haggling for a huge discount has not always been easy, but there are savings to be had on the latest models. Our Target Price team reckons that you should get between £600 and £1000 off the price of a Hatch, so it is possible that similar discounts will be available on the Clubman in time.