Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Mini Clubman (F54)

If you ever thought that with the launch of the five-door Mini Cooper, you might expect that the Clubman will be gone for good but no way because that would be pretentious and silly. Anyway, even with the five door present in the lineup, Mini decided to regenerate the longer Clubman to become the most spacious Mini available to the market.

2016 Mini Clubman

Just like its normal Mini, the new Clubman is now a bigger, more roomier Mini, you can take loads of if you have a little hectic schedule to deal with. With a car like this, think about the stuff you'll do from your recently made to-do list whilst on your day off. One minor setback, though, and when you notice that when you park this car side by side with the normal Mini five-door, you will notice that there's not much difference between those two except for its longer wheelbase and the signature doors at the rear. The club door from the previous model is gone, meaning the new Clubman is an accessible Mini your friends could enjoy.

Of course, you still have the new Mini interior as seen in any other new Minis but because of its added dimensions to the new model, you'll have lots of room not just for the passengers but also boot space, which is fairly decent for the average courier man.

Like all new Minis, it's been utilized in BMW's UKL1 platform as seen on the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, meaning that it's a front-wheel drive car so it's as civilized as a salaryman. Sure, it's got a nice suspension setup but because of being too big for its size, it doesn't feel as fun to drive as any other Minis in the history books. It rather feels bulky every time you turn the steering wheel and understeer can be a bit of an issue for the Clubman.

The cheapest Clubman is the One, which is available at 21,900 Euros and what you get is a 1.5L three-cylinder turbo engine developing 102PS of power and 180Nm of torque. The most powerful version is the Cooper S, which has a 2.0L turbocharged engine that can go from 0-100 over the seven second mark. The most economical is the One D Clubman, which has CO2 emissions of 99g/km. Either way, they're all about choices for the new Clubman.

So, should you buy one. As mentioned before, the new Clubman starts at 21,900 Euros, which is somewhat more expensive than the five-door Mini offered in the lineup but in terms of ownership, it's somewhat average to the average buyer.

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