New Mini Clubman revealed

This is the new Mini Clubman estate has been officially unveiled, after images leaked earlier in the week.

The Clubman will go on sale this autumn, after making its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Prices start at £19,995.

Based on the same front-wheel-drive platform that underpins the current Mini hatchback and BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, the Clubman is the biggest car ever to wear the badge, measuring 4,253mm from nose to tail, an increase of about 300mm over the previous version.

Mini has abandoned the old car’s odd two-plus-one-door format (two front doors, one for the right rear passenger) in favour of a more traditional four-door layout. At the back, though, the designers have stuck with the characteristic two-piece ‘barndoors’, a throwback to the original Mini Traveller estate.

Stylistically, the Clubman is more-or-less identical to the concept car that appeared last year. It looks like what it is: a Mini drawn on a slightly bigger canvas. Not only is it 270mm longer than the Mini 5-Door, it’s 72mm wider. I’m not sure it’s handsome, but the styling hangs together well and it will inevitably prove highly desirable.

As per the Mini hatchback, the Clubman will come in Cooper, Cooper D and Cooper S forms. The Cooper is powered by a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder turbo engine producing 134bhp and 162lb/ft of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard while is six-speed auto is optional. Either way, it does 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds, tops out at 127mph, returns 55.4mpg and emits 118g/km of Co2.

The Cooper D and Cooper S both use 2.0-litre four-cylinder motors. The diesel D makes 148bhp and 243lb/ft; does 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds and 132mph; and returns 68.9mpg and 109g/km.

The sporty S has 189bhp and 206lb/ft; records 7.2 seconds to 62mph and 142mph flat out; and returns 45.6mpg and 144g/km. Both D and S have a six-speed manual ‘box as standard or a new eight-speed auto as an option. It improves 0-62mph times by a nominal 0.1 seconds in both, and gives significant economy gains in the S.

What about practicality? This is an estate after all. There is 360 litres of boot space with the rear seats up and 1,250 litres when folded down. That’s not as good as the identically-sized Skoda Fabia estate, but marginally better than a Ford Focus hatchback. The space looks square, the barn doors open wide and the load lip is low and flat. That will make it easy to cram big stuff in there.

Standard kit is alright and there’s a typically lengthy options list even before you get into the Mini Yours personalisation options.

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By Only Motors

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