The Mini Clubman is all-new for 2016 and features the latest technologies available. Relatively larger, wider and taller than its predecessor, the latest-generation Clubman offers a more practical notion for the hatchback with its shooting brake design, rear 'barn-doors' and improved legroom. Depending on the model, it can be had with either a 1.5-liter three-cylinder TwinPower Turbo or a bigger 2.0-liter four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo. The entry-level Cooper Clubman is available for PhP 2,700,000 while the Cooper S Clubman has a sticker price of PhP 3,200,000.
For starters, the new Clubman (codenamed F54) has grown dramatically. It's no longer a stretched Mini 3-door hatch, being on a newer, wider platform shared with the BMW 2-series Active Tourer. This allows it to fit proper doors (on both sides) for the rear passengers, helps it retain visually pleasing Mini proportions, as well as give occupants more room, both for themselves and their cargo.
Like the hatch, it retains that trademark bulldog façade, with more steeply raked headlights and a protruding grille. Instead of a quarter panel, rear passengers get proper doors and windows. Gone is the color keyed D-pillar in favor of a blacked out one which maintains the 'floating-roof' look. Tail lights now stretch across the barn doors, making it distinct from the rest of the Minis from afar.
Designed with practicality in mind along with improved interior space, the Clubman Cooper S appears to tick all the boxes of a family car. So, it's set for the more mature folk but, has it compromised the fun factor the brand is known for? We find out.