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Mini Clubman

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Mini Clubman

(2015 - present)

    Summary


    The Mini Clubman is a small estate based on the Mini hatch. The current model is the second generation and was launched in early 2015 before going on sale in the UK later that year.

    Like the Mini hatch, the Clubman models are built here in the UK at Mini’s factory in Cowley, Oxfordshire.

    As an estate version of the five-door Mini hatch, the Mini Clubman doesn’t have any direct competitors. Exterior size is comparable to a Volkswagen Golf or similar, as is boot space, but interior space falls somewhere between a Golf and the smaller Polo and similar cars. The Clubman is also available in a high-performance John Cooper Works (JCW) specification.

    The Mini Clubman has received generally positive scores from the UK motoring media, with fairly similar scoring for the Top-spec JCW model. It has received particular praise for its high level of personalisation and overall comfort. However, it has also been criticised for numerous styling clichés that compromise its functionality, as well as being relatively expensive. The JCW version has also been criticised for not being as good to drive as similarly-priced rivals.

    In its 2021 owners’ survey, What Car? rated the Mini Clubman in a very creditable fifth place on its list of the most reliable family cars.

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    Key specifications


    Body style: Small estate
    Engines: petrol, diesel
    Price: From £21,950 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2015
    Last updated: Spring 2019
    Replacement due: approx. 2023


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    Safety rating


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    The Mini Clubman was assessed by Euro NCAP in December 2015 and awarded a four-star rating. However, this score expired in January 2022 as the Mini no longer meets the requirements for this score.

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    As of May 2022, the Mini Clubman has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    The Mini Clubman has a poor reliability score, according to extended warranty data provided to us by our commercial partner, MotorEasy. This applies to both the current-generation Clubman and the previous model, and is certainly worth bearing in mind if you are looking at buying a used Clubman.

    Unfortunately, the most common problem area is also the most expensive – the engine, with an average repair bill of more than £1,000. If you’re buying (or have already bought) a Mini Clubman, you should probably consider an extended warranty to cover you once the factory new car warranty runs out.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mini Clubman has received

    2021

    • News UK Motoring Awards – Best Dog-Friendly Car

    2018

    • Honest John Awards – Best Estate Car

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    Mini ClubmanThe Mini Clubman has received generally positive scores from the UK motoring media, with fairly similar scoring for the Top-spec JCW model.