Mini have announced their largest car yet and it comes in the form of the 2015 Mini Clubman. Mini are sticking with creating more versatile vehicles to appeal to a wider audience meaning that the Clubman is now a much larger estate model, bigger than the current Countryman in fact. This new model is still unmistakably a Mini. The large iconic grille alongside the oval headlamps clearly reflects the cars that went before it.
When the new Mini goes on sale in the UK on 31 October, customers will be given the choice of three engines – a turbocharged diesel and two turbocharged petrol engines with direct injection. All three of these engines come with a six-seed manual transmission. Alternatively, there is anew eight speed automatic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel.
The first engine is the 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine in the Cooper Clubman. It has 134bhp and goes from 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds, it can hit a top speed of 127mph and a claimed fuel consumption of 55.4mpg.
The best in terms of performance is the Cooper S Clubman. This has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 189bhp, 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 142mph whilst returning 45.6mpg.
The Cooper D Clubman has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder which produces 148bhp, meaning a 0-62mph time of 8.6 seconds, a 132mph top speed and an impressive 68.9mpg.
This model ditches its predecessors suicide door in favour of conventional alternatives, but retains double doors for the boot.