The Clubman is a curious shape and size for a hatchback. At 4.2m long and 1.8m wide, it could easily be mistaken for small wagon or low-slung SUV. Its small barn doors at the back are an added quirk. Overall though, I prefer this design over previous iterations.
Other design treatments that lift its look include the liberal use of gloss black plastics at the front end, framing the headlights and grille. It's better looking than the chrome trim it replaces and a nice complement to the Starlight blue metallic paintwork ($1000 option).
Hints of performance emanate from the smart looking black 18-inch alloy wheels with red brake callipers underneath, while the rear spoiler and exhaust pipes at the rear complete the sporty look. Subtle JCW badging adorns the front panels and boot.
Inside, you can expect the usual mix of Mini goodies, with the familiar circle screens and toggle switches. While they may favour style over substance, the layout and design provides a distinct feel and flavour unique to Mini that I can’t help but like. The use of quality materials throughout both look and feel the part, too.