The Most Unusual Station Wagon Is MINI Clubman


MINI Clubman is a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive station wagon of the British brand MINI, performing in the premium league of compact class, which is a cargo and passenger modification of the iconic three-door that began its history in 1969… It is, first of all, designed for the driver, although trying to disguise himself as a “family man” (a six-door body and a fully five-seater cabin).

The second generation of Clubman was presented to a wide audience in the fall of 2015 at the stands of the Frankfurt Motor Show, but its conceptual version made its debut in March 2014 on the bride in Geneva. As a result of reincarnation, the car has improved in all directions: it has been enlarged in size, it has become much more practical, “perched” on a new platform, got an ergonomic (but recognizable) interior and “armed” with modern equipment.

Stretched MINI

Externally, the second gen MINI Clubman looks bright, elegant and recognizable, especially from the front – the muzzle of the station wagon is exposed by naive eyes-headlights and a large hexagonal grille. On the side, the car attracts attention with a long and low silhouette with excellent proportions, “hanging” in the air roof and large arches of wheels, and from the rear “flaunts” powerful “shoulders” of the rear wings, stylish lanterns and swinging doors of the tailgate.

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Cool Interior

Interior Clubman is made in the “family” MINI-theme – despite the cartoonish keynote, it looks beautiful, modern and, most importantly, grown up. The upper part of the “plump” center console is allocated for the purchase of a large well with an 8.8-inch screen of a multimedia system (in the base – with a simple radio), and below are assembled three washers of the climate system and tumblers of auxiliary functions. The multifunctional steering wheel is nice and sporty fit (which only the developed tides on the rim are worth), and behind it is a stylish and understandable toolbox. The quality of finishing materials and their fitting is at an excellent level.

The main advantage of Clubman of the second generation is internal space. Front mounted quite comfortable chairs with a dense relief profile and a large set of adjustments. On the second row there is enough free space for two passengers, the third one will have to put up with a high tunnel on the floor and a shortened cushion.

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Behind the rear swing doors of the car is a properly configured and qualitatively designed trunk with a capacity of 12.7 cu ft. The back seats, divided by default in the ratio 60:40 (for a surcharge – 40:20:40), when folded, creates a practically flat area and brings the capacity of the hold to 44.1 cu ft.

Quite Powerful

On the “armament” of the basic version of the Cooper – three-cylinder unit BMW B38 in volume of 1.5 liters with direct injection, one balancing shaft, a turbocharger, 12 valves and the adjustment of phases at the inlet and outlet, which has 136 “horses” at 4400 rpm and 162 ft lb of the maximum torque at 1250 rpm.

The Cooper S version is based on the 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 B48 with a aluminum block, twin scroll turbocharger Twin Scroll, direct fuel injection, the technology of mixture free-throwing and a pair of balancing shafts, generating 192 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 206 ft lb generated torque at 1250 rpm. Both engines work together with a 6-speed manual transmission and a front-wheel drive transmission. In the form of an option, the “junior” variant is fitted with a 6-speed automatic, and the more powerful variant is fitted with an 8-speed automatic transmission and a all wheel drive with an electrohydraulic multi-plate clutch in the drive of the rear axle. Clubman of the second generation spends on conquest of the sixty 7.1-9.1 seconds and is maximally able to score 127-141 mph.

The cargo-passenger model is based on the UKL platform, which implies the presence of an independent suspension type McPherson front and multi-link system at the rear. As an option, it has an adaptive chassis with adjustable shock absorbers. High-strength and ultra-high-strength grades of steel, as well as aluminum are widely used in the body of the car. The Brit can boast a steering center of the gear-rake type, in which an electric control amplifier with progressive characteristics is integrated.
Editor's rating
4.7 overall
  • Safety4.7
  • Performance4.5
  • Design4.9
  • Features4.8
  • Fuel economy4.5

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