Mini’s classy new Clubman

Mini Clubman

The new Mini Clubman is a surprisingly practical and likeable machine, says Matt Robinson in The Daily Telegraph. It’s the best-looking third-generation Mini of the lot – a handsome and well-proportioned car that has done away with the odd design foibles of its predecessor. The interior is the roomiest of any Mini to date, and feels well built and genuinely classy.

Four tall people can sit in total comfort and the boot, accessed by double barn doors, is almost as big as a VW Golf’s. It’s engaging to drive too, with excellent ride comfort and entertaining peformance and handling. The new Mini is a success – possibly the best all-round new Mini yet.

It feels well appointed and higher quality and more stylish than you’d have a right to expect, agrees Graham Scott in the Manchester Evening News. If you’re interested purely in practicality, there are probably better options out there. But if you crave something different, something quirky and pokey, then the Mini Clubman should be on yourshortlist.

It has that “eager feel” you might expect from a Mini too, says Lewis Kingston in What Car, and the interior is packed full of neat details, including climate control, air conditioning, sat nav and keyless start. If you’re looking for “a practical upmarket-feeling car that’s good to drive” and yet easy to live with, then the Clubman could be the car for you.

Price: from £19,995
Engine: 1,998cc four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol
Power: 189bhp at 5,000-6,000rpm
Torque: 207lb ft at 1,250rpm-4,500rpm
Top speed: 143mph
0-62mph: 7.2 seconds