By on September 16, 2015

2016 Mini Clubman

Mini unveiled its newest Clubman this week and the car, which is one foot longer and nearly 5 inches wider than the outgoing model, is now longer than a Jeep Wrangler.

The 14-foot-long four door will be four-inches shorter than a Mazda CX-3 and will sport the Hardtop’s duo of engines for Clubman and Clubman S models. The turbocharged I-3 will produce 134 horsepower in the Clubman, while the turbo four will bump up to 189 horsepower for the Clubman S. According to Mini, the Clubman S will sprint up to 60 mph in 7 seconds.

The Clubman is 10.9 inches longer than the 5-door Hardtop, with a 4-inch longer wheelbase and is nearly 3 inches wider. Rear passengers in the Clubman will get 2 more inches of legroom over the five-door Mini (34.3 vs. 32.3).

(And the five-door Hardtop exists, why?)

The Clubman will get BMW’s 8-speed automatic transmission as an option in the Clubman S, which was noticeably missing from the newest Hardtop. The Clubman will also get Dynamic Damper Control as an option, lifted from the Cooper S Hardtop.

According to the automaker, the Clubman will sport 17.5 cubes of room in the rear cargo area, increasing to 47.9 cubes with the rear seats folded down. The bar between the split opening rear doors has also shrunk, which should increase rear visibility in the minivan Clubman. The rear tail lamps are much larger and affixed to the symmetrical rear doors this time around.

2016 Mini Clubman

The Clubman is the first model in Mini’s self-styled overhaul that was unveiled in June. In addition to the car, Mini will also roll out this year in the U.S. its car-sharing service that lets owners “rent” their own Minis when not in use.

The Mini Clubman will go on sale in the U.S. in January 2016, the automaker said. Pricing hasn’t been announced.

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  • avatar
    threeer

    Depending on pricing, I could actually see myself considering a Clubman with a manual trans as a replacement for my aging Lancer Sportback Ralliart. I have a thing for small(ish) wagons, especially if I can find one with some hint of sport and that it comes with a manual answers the biggest issue I have with my Lancer.

    This would make the 5 door Mini seem rather unnecessary, wouldn’t it?

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      It was never necessary to begin with.

    • 0 avatar
      Will in MKE

      I love smallish wagons as well. Love the idea of this car, but will never touch a Mini again after having owned one. I know, it’s anecdotal. This is not, though:

      http://tradeinqualityindex.com/vehicles/MINI_Cooper.html

      Or this from 2013:
      http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/10/29/consumer-reports-worst-cars/3304413/

      “A day after Consumer Reports magazine listed the best car brands for reliability, the obvious question emerges: Which is the worst?

      The answer can be summed up in four little letters: Mini.”

      You know it’s bad when you hope it may be as “reliable” as the BMW this is based on.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Blue jean color leather with brown accents – take note Lincoln, this is what should go in the Conti.

    Other than that, this is a gross marketing exercise which will sell poorly. At least they slapped Enclave tail lamps on it? I can’t wait for the Mini product culling back to just two models – regular and convertible.

  • avatar
    Steve_S

    So typical of TTAC; the Clubman is what people want, they like Mini style but with usable space (similar to other hatchbacks now Focus/Golf).

    The clubman will also be at the top of the Mini food chain, look at the quilted leather and appointments.

    The four door exists because there are people who want a four door but don’t want to pay the premium the clubman will require.

    This will most likely be my wife’s new car, she has always wanted a Mini and now there is one that is actually useable without looking bloated like the Countryman. They should have made it 18″-24″ longer and made a real wagon.

    • 0 avatar
      Russycle

      The leather and appointments don’t mean much, Mini lets you order just about any combination of options in any model. But yes, it clearly will cost more than the 4 door so that puts it on top, at least until the new Countryman is revealed.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    I must have poor taste, because I like the styling and concept. Mini already diluted their brand with the porky me-too CUV Countryman, so is this really harming their tiny car image any further?

    Finding real world buyers may be a problem though. People who are looking for a practical little five door but who are also OK with miserable reliability ratings and expensive buy-in. Seems to be slicing the market pretty thin.

    The last Clubman I saw on the road was exhaling blue smoke at every heavy throttle application.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    I do like the “barn doors”, especially now that nobody else seems to offer them.

    Didn’t Tahoes/Yukons and Suburbans used to have a barn door option?

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Yep. They had it up through about 98 or 99. Dropped after that. Seldom taken option, I rarely see any ones made after 95 with barn doors.

      Let’s try trivia! Last barn door SUV available in the US?

      I’m gonna say that’s the 02 Trooper.

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        I was genuinely shocked to find zero barn door “square body” (73-91) Suburbans on eBay. I thought a lot of the old ones did have the barn doors…

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I think they did, and I also think those rusted worse than the liftgate ones.

          http://photos2.automanager.com/019036/7103ffb3f419c247a0b32062caec48a7/1baebc0c00_640.jpg

          http://photoofcar.com/albums/userpics/2012y/07/03/1/122061/Chevrolet-Suburban-1500-2004-Black-SUV-Flex-Fuel-8-Cylinders-Rear-Wheel-Drive-Automatic-79936-20.jpg

          Barn doors through 06 then! I -think- maybe only the 2500 had barn doors for that generation.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Here, she had one here on this 89 Scottsdale.

          http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chevrolet-Suburban-SCOTTSDALE-/201409040559?forcerrptr=true&hash=item2ee4ea10af&item=201409040559

          And this 90 Silverado.
          http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chevrolet-Suburban-Silverado-/151807634583?forcerrptr=true&hash=item235870ac97&item=151807634583

          • 0 avatar
            NoGoYo

            Those chrome wheels from mid-2000s Silverados look good on just about any Chevy truck. Wonder if there’s an aftermarket version yet.

            That 89 Suburban is almost perfect to me, if it was a darker color and had 4 wheel drive it would be perfect.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            They are pretty versatile, I agree.

            I really liked these ones too, from the late 90’s Silverado?

            http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/4/303/1941/38255970001_large.jpg

            The 95ish Tahoe wheels that were the 5-star type are good too.

            http://images.thecarconnection.com/med/1999-chevrolet-tahoe_100027687_m.jpg

            My favorite olde Chevy truck wheels I can’t find a pic of. Maybe early 80’s I’d guess, and they’re flat and shiny, with just little holes around the edge in a circle, like a pepper shaker.

            http://www.remarkablecars.com/for-sale/data/1480/1989-gmc-suburban-16080.jpg Got it.

          • 0 avatar
            NoGoYo

            Are those wheels or just covers? I always thought they were just covers.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            They’re covers. I call all of it wheels – wrong, I know.

      • 0 avatar
        DubTee1480

        Ford Excursion ran until 2007 :)

      • 0 avatar
        psarhjinian

        “Let’s try trivia! Last barn door SUV available in the US?”

        Not an SUV, but the Transit Connect wagon has them.

    • 0 avatar
      Russycle

      I liked the barn doors on my Clubman, glad they’re back. But to me, this thing is too big, and it sure makes the 5-door redundant. Not a big fan of the gauges either.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      Barn doors are great for unloading stuff, but then you have that pillar in the way. I think the Excursion did it best with the barn doors on the bottom and a liftgate on the top.

      Did any early SUV or have a station-wagon style liftgate and tailgate?

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        I get what you’re saying about visibility and loading, but I really hated having to deal with three doors whenever I loaded or unloaded the Excursion I used to drive.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        They didn’t have a pillar on the post-91 models though, did they?

        Range Rover has always had a liftgate and tailgate!

        On the Grand Wagoneer, did you have to lower the rear window (into tailgate) before dropping the tailgate down? That’s a bit of a faff in the winter.

        • 0 avatar
          Drzhivago138

          The barn doors were standard (or at least optional) until somewhere in the GMT800 models (mid-00s). The GMT400 models were the last to have a liftgate and tailgate, which I did not know.

          Quite a few truck-based wagons that were intended as 4x4s (Jeep SJ, Bronco, Blazer, 4Runner) rather than heavy station wagons (Suburban, Travelall, Expy, Durango) had rear windows that lowered into the tailgate. Even after they went to having a liftgate, the 4Runner and Sequoia kept the power rear window for ventilation purposes.

    • 0 avatar
      56BelAire

      GM’s Astrovans had the option.

  • avatar
    jonnyanalog

    I heard on AB that the Clubby will start at around $25K. I happen to like it but that price seems a bit high; I guess it will depend on content. The taillights should have been vertical; seems out of character when taken in the context of the overall brand language.
    Proportions work better and it doesn’t look at startled as the hatchback.

  • avatar
    wmba

    There must be an imperative at BMW to flail around mindlessly with the MINI. Since it is the new BMW 2 series FWD chassis underneath and has the latest B38/B48 engine, it will be interesting to see if the German-assembled 2 series can in fact be more reliable than this UK assembled thing as time goes by.

    • 0 avatar
      tonycd

      This “Mini” is within 6 inches of the X1 SUV in length. Talk about brand dilution.

      • 0 avatar
        darex

        It’s actually worse than that. You know that the upcoming F60 Countryman and the F48 X1 are to be co-assembled mechanical twins, sharing everything, right?

        • 0 avatar
          tonycd

          Darex: Yep. I know.

          Basically, all the upcoming FWD Beemers will be kissin’ cousins to Minis under the skin. It becomes mostly just a style choice.

          Of course, that’s also true of nearly everything GM makes. But look how well that’s working out for them.

          • 0 avatar
            darex

            However, looking at it another way, if you don’t *need* a Roundel, you can get the same semi-loaded car, with the same equipment packages, for $15,000 less, if you opt for the MINI versions.

    • 0 avatar
      darex

      You actually have that a little backwards: the MINI Hardtop used the UKL platform and B38/B48 engines first, and some MINIs are made in The Netherlands now.

  • avatar

    I think most contemporary cars are plug ugly, but I really like the look of this one. It’s far cleaner than your average appliance. I also would love a small, sporty wagon with a manual. It’s too bad about the lousy reliability.

  • avatar
    whynot

    Those are some pretty lifeless engines for a car that will no doubt be starting in the ~25K range.

    • 0 avatar
      LeMansteve

      HP alone doesn’t tell the whole story. These engines are supposed to have plenty of torque to make the drive entertaining.

      Besides, Minis have never been about outright power but a balance of power, customization, style, design and handling. If you want more power, go get a JCW or a BMW.

  • avatar
    Quentin

    This is the 2nd car that has made my wife consider giving up her 2005 MINI Cooper S that she’s owned since new. The first was the Countryman when she was pregnant with our daughter. She drove it and didn’t like it. She loves her MINI, but it is somewhat difficult to enjoy regularly due to always having our daughter with her. She fits, but it isn’t the best family hauler. She also misses the bluetooth, cruise control, memory seats, power liftgate, and touchscreen that we have on our Rav4 Limited.

    Hopefully she will consider getting a 6MT again if she decides to move on. 6MT in the S trim could be a pretty nice family run-about. If they make good on the hints that AWD will be coming on the Clubman, I think my wife will end up buying. It would also give me free reign to replace the SUV spot in our fleet with an older Land Cruiser or another 4Runner.

  • avatar
    DeeDub

    Mini Clubman? More like Mini Flex, amirite?

  • avatar
    tjh8402

    Can’t really tell from the pictures. Is this thing a replacement for the Clubman (ie lifted suv wannabe) or is it a genuine still low to the ground same as other models only longer wagon?

    • 0 avatar
      Russycle

      The Clubman isn’t, and wasn’t, lifted, you’re thinking of the Countryman…which I believe is still around and due for an update in a year or two.

      • 0 avatar
        tjh8402

        @Russycle – ok good. wasn’t sure if this was taking the place of the countryman in the lineup since it seems to be a pretty radical departure from the previous clubman. Nice to see a proper wagon!

  • avatar
    TrailerTrash

    It is often discussed on TTAC how people purchase cars emotionally. This is an example of that. It was just recently that here we talked about how just going up a level for a few bucks got you more vehicle.
    Not here…the exact opposite, really.
    Since when would anybody buy this car when so much more value, and fun and versatility, is available?
    Why in hell would anybody buy this over the CX5 which is mentioned?
    Not one reason…other than badge and ego…both nothing more than emotion.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      OTOH, if nobody bought cars or made cars with emotion in the equation, we’d all drive Trabants.

    • 0 avatar
      woodsman

      “Why in hell would anybody buy this over the CX5 (insert brand, model, color, style, shape, smell, taste etc.) which is mentioned?”

      I think Nuccio summed it up rather nicely:

      “The things we choose express what we are – our tastes, our personalities – better than any words. The search for gratifying pleasure is a fundamental component of the human being. Man will always seek to grow, to live better and more gratifyingly”

      Giuseppe “Nuccio” Bertone 1914-1997

      Now isn’t that a “truth about cars”? If people weren’t so concerned with seeking approval from others, I think we’d have much more happiness in our lives. Drive/buy/lease what makes you happy, life is short.

      • 0 avatar
        TrailerTrash

        Actually, this is a definition of suffering in the Buddhist teachings. Suffering is the seeking of the next pleasure..only to have it, lose it and seek the next one…
        Finish a great meal and you begin looking for the next one.
        And the continued seeking of these fleeting, never satisfying gratifications, is suffering.

    • 0 avatar
      tjh8402

      @tailertrash – “why in the hell would anybody buy this over the CX-5?”

      Why in the hell is everyone buying POS crossovers like the CX-5? The fact that this is a proper wagon is all the reason you need to buy it over the CX-5 or any of its miserable brethren. The tough choice is this vs a Golf Sportwaggen. My $ is on the VW being the better buy.

  • avatar
    watermeloncup

    At least they finally got rid of that stupid giant speedometer. Of course they replaced it with an equally stupid-looking touchscreen with a round bezel, but at least that could be somewhat useful.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    What you wrote: Mini Clubman Shows Just How Maxi Brand Has Become

    What I interpreted from the article: Mini listens to their customers and increases Clubman to useful size

    I really like this design. And I see a distinct difference between the need for this, the 4-door MINI, and the Countryman. Not a fan of the non-symmetrical IP however.

  • avatar

    Do internet commenters, and in this case the author of the article, really think they are being clever using the term “Maxi” when commenting on MINI these days?

    It’s extremely hackneyed and shows a lack of creativity.

  • avatar
    Steve_S

    Take a guess at what the best selling Mini’s were before the new 2/4 doors were released?

    People can bitch and moan all they want but BMW is going where the money is.

  • avatar
    tinman93

    “Mini unveiled its newest Clubman this week and the car, which is one foot longer and nearly 5 inches wider than the outgoing model, is now longer than a Jeep Wrangler.”

    Perhaps we were unclear about what we meant by “Mini.”

  • avatar
    trackratmk1

    When the parent company tosses it’s own brand identity to the wind, I can’t say that I’m surprised that the MINI sub brand has fully lost it’s identity within a short 12 years in USDM.

    But this should in so many ways be a great car for the internet. It’s a fuel efficient, relatively fun to drive, brown wagon available in a stick!

    Just a shame that there is a MINI badge on it. The public will probably buy enough of these, but for me, even the regular hardtop is too ugly and bloated now. No more MINI’s in my future.

    Signed,
    R56 MINI Cooper S owner

    • 0 avatar
      darex

      You say that now, but the reality is that many a defiant R56 owner, after having driven the F56, have changed their tune. North American Motoring is full of people like you, who said, “Never!” Besides, when the time comes for you to replace your R56, the same things that brought you to the MINI Brand in the first place, will bring you back again, as it did me; namely, all the boring other choices out there, the unique freedom to build the car as I wanted it to be, unencumbered by restrictive packages and lack of manual transmission availability, and the extremely good road manners (seating, steering, handling, etc…) that most other cars lack at this price point.

  • avatar
    Chan

    Why would anyone buy the 5-door Hardtop over this, if the prices are not too far apart?


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