2016 MINI ClubmanChange Vehicle
of the 2016 MINI Clubman base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Cargo room
- Backseat legroom
- Precise handling
- Accessible Latch anchors
- Front seats
- Available foot-activated power cargo doors
- Navigation system
- Fuel economy
- Firm ride
- Rear visibility
- Some controls inconveniently located
- Gets pricey with options
- Redesigned for 2016
- Skipped model-year 2015
- Regular Clubman or sporty S model
- Backseat now sits three
- Four doors
- Swing-out cargo doors
The verdict: The 2016 Mini Clubman wins with its charming, quirky looks, plucky road manners and new adult-sized interior, but it lost me with its ergonomically challenged cabin and frustrating controls.
Versus the competition: The new Clubman delivers a strong one-two punch in style and driving fun, beating compact rivals such as the Mazda3 hatch, Ford Focus hatch and Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. Compare them here.
The Clubman took the 2015 model year off and returns for 2016 with new powertrains, more safety features, four real forward-opening doors and a much larger footprint. Compare the 2014 and 2016 models here.
Just to be as clear as possible when dealing with Mini's weird (but improving) model names, the Clubman is basically a stretched version of Mini's smallest coupe, called the Hardtop. The Mini Countryman is larger still and often is considered a small SUV. Current Clubman trim levels include the base Cooper and the more powerful Cooper S. I tested the Cooper.
Exterior & Styling
The redesigned Clubman still is unmistakably Mini; it wears the brand's signature bright-eyed face with large disc headlights flanking a plumped-up hexagonal grille. One of the biggest changes is not quite noticeable from the front, however. For 2016, the Clubman trades the passenger side's odd, tiny rear-hinged back door from the old model for a real door — and adds one on the driver's side, too.
In back, the Clubman looks as if it was sat on; a sloping ... Read more
2016-2017 Mini Clubman, Cooper S Clubman and John Cooper Works Clubman: Recall Alert
CARS.COM Vehicles Affected: Approximately 17,000 model-year 2016-17 Mini Clubman, Cooper S Clubman and John Cooper Works Clubman cars The Problem: When the affected vehicles are ... Read more
Which 2016 Cars Have Hands-Free Liftgates?
CARS.COM — Ever wish you had a third hand to open the liftgate on your SUV because both your right and left are busy carrying grocery bags, a box or maybe a child? Related: ... Read more
2017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman: First Look
Competes with: Mazda3 Grand Touring hatchback, Ford Focus Titanium hatchback, Volkswagen Golf SportWagon Looks like: The Clubman slipped into a Simpson racing suit Drivetrain: 228-... Read more
A big upgrade from Minis of the past
I own a 2003 Mini Cooper and this 2016 Clubman. There is really no comparison between the two vehicles. While it is obvious that the size of the vehicle is different, the Clubman has a twin turbo ... Read full review
Hate to let it go!
This is such a great vehicle, hard to let it go. Exterior and interior redesign is outstanding! Color combo is cool and has lots of extra equipment that is so mini! Awesome handling and great gas ... Read full review
The 2016 MINI Clubman currently has 0 recalls