The 2016 Mini Clubman wins with its charming, quirky looks, plucky road manners and new adult-sized interior, but it lost me with its ergonomically challenged cabin and frustrating controls.
Versus the competition:
The new Clubman delivers a strong one-two punch in style and driving fun, beating compact rivals such as the Mazda3 hatch, Ford Focus hatch and Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. Compare them here.
Editor’s note: This review was published in March 2016 about the 2016 Clubman, but little of substance has changed with this year’s model. To see what’s new for 2017, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.
The Clubman took the 2015 model year off and returns for 2016 with new powertrains, more safety features, four real forward-opening doors and a much larger footprint. Compare the 2014 and 2016 models here.
Just to be as clear as possible when dealing with Mini’s weird (but improving) model names, the Clubman is basically a stretched version of Mini’s smallest coupe, called the Hardtop. The Mini Countryman is larger still and... Read More