The MINI Cooper S Clubman, offers buyers a premium product within the small car sector.
What We Disliked
- The plastic feeling switchgear
- The right hand side rear passenger ‘Clubdoor’ door opens on the wrong side
What We'd Like To See
- A better dashboard
- The ‘Clubdoor’ door on the right side
The MINI Cooper S Clubman, offers buyers a premium product within the small car sector. Overall, build quality is very good and the majority of the materials used are of a high standard which should prove durable in the long term. But we did feel that some of the interior plastics felt a bit cheap for a car with this price tag.
Value For Money
The MINI Clubman Cooper S is a premium car and with a base price tag of £17,220 it is not cheap. The optional extras do add up and it would not be difficult to spend another £3-4k. In this price range you could buy a Ford Mondeo Estate or Volvo V50, of course neither would be as much fun to own or drive - but they would carry a lot more cargo.
Not too sure if the MINI Clubman will be as desirable on the second hand car market as its Hatchback sibling so it may not be as cheap to own and run in the long term as the Hatch, which did have very high second hand values.
We do like the added packs such as MINI tlc which gives you 5 years, or 50,000 miles (whichever milestone is reached first) of servicing for just £185. MINI tlc XL gives you a further 3 years, or 30,000 miles (whichever comes first) of servicing for an extra £370. So for £555 you can get a total of 80,000 miles or 8 years worth of servicing, which seems good value for budgeting your motoring costs.
Overall we prefer the MINI hatchback but there is no doubt that the MINI Clubman Cooper S retains the handling and charm its Hatch sibling - but there are some compromises, especially if you are looking as the MINI Clubman as an estate car. It is more suited to empty-nesters perhaps with a small dog or those with sub-teenagers as there are better load carriers in this price range.
But if you are looking for a small estate car with personality, performance and real driver appeal then the MINI Clubman Cooper S is the car for you.16 January 2009