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What Journalists are Saying About the 2016 Mini Clubman

Published on December 29 2015

A revamped design that is both reminiscent of the previous generation of the Clubman and yet more modern, and a host of new features that allow it to stand out even more in its segment.

Introduced at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show in September, the 2016 Mini Clubman now features more interior space, more cargo space, a revamped design that is both reminiscent of the previous generation of the Clubman and yet more modern, and a host of new features that allow it to stand out even more in its segment.

Now a compact, you can read all about the 2016 Mini Clubman here.

In the meantime, here are a few things journalists who have had the opportunity to drive the Clubman had to say about Mini’s latest product.

The previous generation of the Mini Clubman delivered a wagon-style body on a stretched wheelbase, and it offered rear-seat access through a single, vestigial, passenger-side rear door. The longer wheelbase meant more rear-seat passenger space compared to a conventional two-door Mini coupe, plus it delivered more predictable handling and a more comfortable ride besides. The all-new 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman is still a wagon, but it ditches the ambiguous utility of the departed model with a new pair of adult-size, rear passenger doors. The new 2016 Clubman has also grown in overall length by 12.4 inches over the previous car to 168.3 inches, and it’s now wider by 4.6 inches as well.

When we tested the 2015 Mini Hardtop 4 Door, we criticized the lack of rear passenger room, and we speculated that prospective buyers who absolutely must have a Mini as their everyday people mover would be better off saving their pennies for the Clubman. And after spending some time with this big-boned 2016 Mini Clubman, we are happy to report that we were spot on. The 2016 Clubman has a wheelbase that’s 4.0 inches longer than the Hardtop 4 Door with a body that’s 10.9 inches longer. Within the cabin, you’re most aware of the increase in width, with 3.5 inches of additional shoulder room in the front and 3.2 inches more in the rear. Rear passengers also enjoy 2.0 inches of additional knee room over the Hardtop 4 Door. In addition the 2016 Clubman’s larger proportions boost cargo volume by 7.2 cubic feet – Automobile

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We took an eight-speed automatic Cooper S Clubman and a six-speed manual Cooper Clubman from the moss-covered squares of downtown Savannah down through the scenic low country to grand Jekyll Island and back. The S wagon, powered by the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo making 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, felt pleasingly quick. The eight-speed automatic was smooth and did a good job of finding appropriate gears without constantly seeking the lowest rpm possible – Motor Trend

To learn more about the 2016 Mini Clubman, contact us today at Mini Ottawa!

 

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