Saturday 22 October 2016
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2016 Mini Clubman Is Pricier Than The Countryman

2016 Mini Clubman Is Pricier Than The Countryman

The all-new Mini Clubman is the biggest Mini yet, with the pricing to match. In fact, you’ll shell out more for one of these than you do for the Countryman.

The base Clubman Cooper starts at $24,100 and the Clubman Cooper S starts at $27,650. (The base price is about $1300 more than the Countryman if you’re counting pennies.) The Clubman holds true the Mini standard of customization and offers all options a la carte as well as offering a variety of packages.

“The premium quality and value of the new Mini Clubman will set the standard for the premium compact segment going forward. Mini defined the premium small car segment with the relaunch of the Hardtop back in 2002 and the new Clubman will help us redefine the notion of “premium” with nearly bespoke levels of customization,” says Patrick McKenna, Department Head, Product Planning & Events, MINI USA.

The next generation model is both wider and longer, but the iconic Mini lines are still clear. It features six doors, four passenger and two cargo, and a premium cabin design with seating for five. The signature split-rear doors are completely new. The rear taillights are now located directly on them, rather than alongside. The rear doors can also be opened with an optional foot-activated sensor. The doors open to a spacious cargo room of 17.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 47.9 cubic feet when they’re down.

The Clubman maintains “fun to drive” handling after what Mini calls “extensive testing” across Europe. Under the hood, it packs the latest MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology in two different engines. The base Cooper gets a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine with 136 horses. The S model bumps up to a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 192 horses. Both models come standard with six-speed manual transmission. The Cooper offers six-speed automatic and the S offers eight-speed automatic or eight-speed sports automatic with paddle shifters.

The interior offers a variety of custom upholsteries developed specifically for the new Clubman including a smooth-grained Indigo blue-dyed leather with diamond-stitching in the pattern of English Chesterfield sofas option and a Burgundy leather with Dinamica trim option.

Both models offer a Premium Package and a Technology Package. The Premium Package is $1,800 and adds a Dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a 410-watt Harman/Kardon sound system with 12 speakers, and Comfort Access keyless entry with hands-free Easy Opener for the rear doors. The Technology Package is $1,750 and adds a navigation system, a Rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and MINI Connected XL.

The all-new Clubman will arrive in dealerships this January.

Photo Credit: MINI