MINI Clubvan Road Test (2013)

MINI Clubvan (Interior View) (2013)
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MINI Clubvan Review

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All the MINI trademarks of toggle switches, circular air vents and the round speedo are in place...

Comfort and Refinement

This is where the MINI Clubvan excels compared to other light commercial vans. It is packed with technology and the part leather seats are comfortable and offer plenty of support.

All the MINI trademarks of toggle switches, circular air vents and the round speedo are in place and there is more technology on board this MINI than many modern day hatchbacks.

The heated sports seats offer plenty of support and all the controls, dials and read-outs are perfectly positioned.

A brilliant infotainment system, air conditioning, DAB radio, rain sensors and automatic headlights are just a few of the creature comforts packed into the Clubvan.  Plus it has Satellite Navigation which is a real ‘must-have’ feature these days in the commercial world.

It can be a tad noisy at times, but it can be all-too-easy to forget that the MINI Clubvan is a working vehicle.

Safety and Security

The Clubvan boasts a whole host of safety features and like the Clubman, MINI bosses expect it to achieve the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests.

Specifications include dynamic stability control, anti-lock brakes, cornering brake control, electronic brakeforce distribution and six airbags as standard.

There is also a tyre pressure monitoring system along with remote central locking. The doors all lock automatically once the vehicle reaches 10mph, which adds to the security of the vehicle and its contents.

The rear doors are heavily tinted so passers-by cannot see what is being kept in the vehicle and there is also an alarm and immobiliser.

Infotainment

The MINI Clubvan comes with a comprehensive list of techno treats and the option to add plenty of extras if required.

The interior of any MINI is very distinctive and the Clubvan is no exception. The large centrally-positioned circular dial highlights the speed, fuel gauge and other useful information such as the Satellite Navigation system. It is clear and precise, but can be a little overbearing after a while.

The car’s infotainment system is nice and easy to access and moving between each function couldn’t be simpler. These include Bluetooth, maps and navigation, media devices and the car’s set up.

Operating a number of features via the multi-function steering wheel is another option and prevents distraction.

Rivals
  • Ford Fiesta Van
  • Vauxhall Corsa Van
What We Liked
  • The Clubvan makes working fun again
  • It’s handling and driving dynamics
  • The black alloys
  • Numerous personalisation options
  • Easy-to-use technology
  • Clear readouts
  • Excellent build quality
  • Securing features in the back (straps, nets and partition wall)
  • Striking looks and distinctive MINI styling
  • Great economy for a working vehicle
  • Being the centre of attention
What We Disliked
  • A little noisy on country roads
  • The second door on the driver’s side is pointless
  • The partition wall is a distraction
What We Would Like To See
  • One on our driveway
  • Conclusion

    The Clubvan has the distinctive MINI DNA running through to its core. It’s trendy, groovy and as hip as ever. In fact, according to MINI’s marketing team, the Clubvan is exceeding all sales expectations with more than 600 units being sold so far this year and they expect to sell about 700 each year.

    14 October 2013 Maxine Ashford
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    MINI Clubvan Road Test Data
    Model ReviewedMINI Cooper D Clubvan
      
    Body Type3-door Van
    ColourPepper White
      
    Performance (manufacturers data) 
      
    0 - 62 mph10.2 Seconds
    Top Speed 122 mph
      
    Transmission6-Speed Manual
      
    Fuel TypeDiesel
      
    CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
      
    Economy (NEDC Figures) 
      
    Urban64.2 mpg
    Extra Urban78.5 mpg
    Combined72.4 mpg
      
    Insurance Group3E Commericial
    Euro NCAP Rating
    Warranty3 Years / Unlimited
    Price (when tested on the 14/10/13)£16,320 plus £4,444 inc VAT

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