The new 2016 Mini Clubman is finally here. The previous generation of the Clubman has been around for nearly seven years but it has been discontinued because it was getting quite old and not that competitive in its class. BMW promised a new Clubman back in 2013 while in 2014 they released the concept car.
The production vehicle on the other hand has only been revealed back in June 2015 and it is a lot more different than many people expected it to be. The 2016 Mini Clubman is now based on the same platform as the smaller hatchback or the BMW Active Tourer cars, meaning it is an all new modular front wheel drive platform which should be a lot stiffer than before as well as lighter.
On top of the new platform, the Clubman features a new design both in the front as well as in the back and new proportions. Just like before, it will be available in the Cooper forms with turbocharged petrol and diesel engines and it will also come with an S model which will provide more power than usual.
Under the Hood
Engine wise, the 2016 Mini Clubman is set to use the same engines found on the hatchback version of the Mini. The base version of the Clubman gets a 1.5 liter turbocharged inline 3 petrol engine which is good for 136 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque which is quite impressive despite being so small. On top of that, a 2 liter engine is also available with a higher output at 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. Both of these come as standard with front wheel drive and a 6 speed manual gearbox while an 8 speed automatic is available only on the bigger engine.
A 2 liter diesel engine with 168 horsepower and more than 220 lb-ft of torque is also available, but this time only on the European model which is a bit of a shame. The smaller engines on the hatch on the other hand such as the 1.2 liter petrol engine or the 1.5 liter diesel are unavailable on the Clubman which is to be expected considering it is much heavier than the smallest Mini.
|Specs||Clubman Cooper||Clubman Cooper S|
|Displacement||1499 cm³||1998 cm³|
|Engine power||134 HP @ 4.400 RPM||189 HP @ 5.000 RPM|
|Engine torque||162 LB-FT @ 1.250 RPM||207 LB-FT @ 1.250 RPM|
|0-60 mph||9 seconds||6.9 seconds|
|Top speed||127 MPH||142 MPH|
Design – Inside and Outside look
The design of the new Clubman borrows a lot of the design elements of the Hatch as well as it gets some styling cues from the original. However, even though the car is lower, wider and longer than pretty much any other Mini and its proportions are near perfect, the back end is looking quite unfortunate. The tail lights are big red units which span across half the width of the car and the look provided by these is really uninspired.
The “barn-doors” instead of the usual tailgate have been kept which is always a nice thing and the front end, despite being very similar to the hatch, is actually better looking thanks to a new bumper design.
Inside the cabin things changed quite a bit on the 2016 Mini Clubman. Firstly, because the car now four proper doors, it is much easier to get on the back seats and there is a lot more room to spare thanks to the bigger car in general. The base equipment level is good with a standard infotainment system, climate control, leather upholstery which will surely make a lot of people happy as well as very nice materials to the touch.
The top end version of the Clubman on the other hand will be no different in terms of comfort or quality of the materials to any other premium car which is a very good thing for its price.
2016 Mini Clubman Price
However, despite the fact it has been revealed to the public officially, it will not be available for sale until the end of the year when it will likely come at a price closer to $30,000 which is quite a lot for a car not much bigger than the wagon version of the Golf.