First drive: MINI Clubman


Back in 2007, BMW made a bold decision to further expand its range by reviving the Morris Mini Traveller and Austin Mini Countryman of the 1960s in the form of the Clubman. At the time, it was the largest MINI to ever roll off the production line, until the Countryman arrived three years later. Now in 2015, the Clubman is back and, once again, it's the biggest MINI of all time – not to mention the brand's attempt at entering the more premium end of the C-segment.

What is it?

This is the second generation MINI Clubman – the brand's very first premium C-segment people mover. It's been 15 years since BMW MINI launched the reincarnation of Britain's iconic small car with the R50 hatchback and, according to the brand, the carmaker has reached its second milestone with the all-new, five-seat Clubman – we can certainly believe that. This model pushes MINI upmarket and, with a similar starting price and performance figures, Volkswagen's Golf had better watch its back.