If you look at the MINI Clubvan with your head rather than your heart then it does have its faults...
Ride and Handling
The MINI Clubvan brings a touch of class and flair to the small commercial van market and the ride lives up to expectations too. Cornering and road holding are impressive and it attacks sharp bends with confidence.
The diesel model is not quite as refined or aggressive as its petrol counterpart, but it’s still very capable and the financial gains of the diesel engine are clear for all to see. There is a fair amount of road noise and this tends to echo around the cabin, but the very capable audio system can easily drown out any unwanted acoustics.
The powertrain and chassis technology has been taken from the MINI Clubman and that results in a powerful and highly efficient four cylinder engine.
The Clubvan comes with MINI’s highly rated front wheel drive system and auto Start/Stop along with regenerative braking help to rein in those running costs.
Ease of Use
If you look at the MINI Clubvan with your head rather than your heart then it does have its faults. The second door is supposed to offer easy access to the cargo, but in reality it doesn’t because the partition wall gets in the way. Also, access to the loading area could be hindered by the raised boot lip.
The partition wall also blocks visibility through the rear view window quite a lot. In fact, it resembles a giant Battleships board.
But criticisms aside, the Clubvan is practical in the sense that it has 860 litres of space with a payload capacity of 500kg. There are multiple 12-volt sockets that can be utilised to power electrical equipment and the nets and heavy duty hooks mean fragile items can be fastened securely. Roof rails also feature on the Clubvan.
Unlike many small vans, parking is a complete doddle due to the Clubvan’s size and there are also parking sensors to simplify the procedure.