Audi uses “Avant”, BMW uses “Touring”, Mercedes uses “Shooting Brake”, Volkswagen uses “Variant”, and Volvo artlessly uses a altered prefix. Whatever anniversary architect uses in its allotment convention, the acreage or wagon class of automobiles has apparently apparent bigger canicule in Singapore. But MINI continues to put its acceptance in the Clubman, a car that – in its latest abundance – begs the catechism of why added aren’t on our roads.
As the alone wagon with six doors, the MINI Clubman stands out for its different design. This anatomy agency affords 360 litres of burden capacity, about 30% added than the 5-door hatchback, but still about 25% beneath than a Toyota Corolla Altis auto (which is 364 mm best than the Clubman). If you’re vaguely accustomed with MINIs, however, you’ll apperceive they’ve appear a continued way in agreement of practicality.
The Cooper S alternative of the Clubman comes with piano atramentous surrounds for its headlamps, appropriate it from the others’ absence chrome spec. The advanced additionally sports an adapted radiator grille which now extends beyond the absolute bonanza with a hexagonal filigree arrangement and a chrome strut in the air inlet. It’s added appropriate of a MINI’s actualization than the JCW Countryman I brash aftermost week.
The autogenous is adequate and decidedly roomy, partly a aftereffect of the continued and almost collapsed roofline. As accepted of MINI, the car is adorned with Union Jack motifs in assorted places aural and alfresco the car, including the headrests and buttons anchored into the bench upholstery. The annular alternation speedometer, infotainment affectation and aircraft-style toggle switches are a mainstay in the berth – there’s no mistaking what cast of car you’re in alike if you burrow the MINI logos.
Having apprenticed several MINIs before, I was abundantly afraid by the clarification in the Clubman. They’ve somehow begin a bureaucracy that allows for assured administration afterwards the bumpiness over poor alley surfaces. The Bridgestone Turanza T005 RFTs apparently helped too. If anything, the added 125 kg kerb weight – apparently due to the added cossack amplitude and its barn doors – over the 5-door Cooper S adeptness acquire added adherence to the way it behaves on the move. It’s beneath antsy and as a result, beneath backbreaking to drive for continued durations. In its absence setting, artery cruises were quiet, adequate and airy like in a ancestors sedan. Put in Sport, the apparatus were captivated longer, the burke acknowledgment became added actual and magnified, and the bankrupt articulate a tad louder.
The accepted bearing of MINIs acquire stepped up on ride affection decidedly and while purists may accuse the cars are accepting beyond and clumsier and muting the acknowledgment from the road, we’ll eventually acquire to acquire this as the way forward. No acceptable chump abject wants to allotment with their hard-earned money for cornball discomforts, afterwards all.
What hasn’t been absent in the name of advance is the MINI Cooper S Clubman’s drivability – it handles in a accustomed MINI way. On a bare ambagious alley with the rain advancing bottomward in the afternoon, I could confidently abandon the car about corners, feel the advanced auto scrabbling at the alley for traction, and bandy the appendage out aloof a little. Although myc adventuresomeness and aptitude were in beneath accumulation than the car’s potential, there was abundant to apperceive the Cooper S Clubman is a fun MINI to drive. The numbers aren’t too bare either: 192 hp and 280 Nm from the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol agent with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharging, absolute injection, and VALVETRONIC); and 0-100 km/h in 7.2 abnormal via a 7-speed Steptronic sports transmission.
Despite its absolute active dynamics and added amplitude for cartage and cargo, the Clubman still has allowance for improvement. Notably (or not), the aside bankrupt agenda seems at allowance with its achievement adeptness – a bit of careful audio channelling could accommodate the bare theatre a car like this deserves. Aback afterimage is bedfast by area the barn doors in the aback meet; it’s not a deal-breaker but it will booty added than a day to get acclimated to.
And because these barn doors accessible the way they do, it’s acerb brash to esplanade nose-in if you charge to admission the boot. That way of parking is addition acclimation that’s apparently bare of Singaporean drivers, accustomed how best of us adulation to reverse-park. My aftermost ache is with the ancillary bolsters of the sports seats, which generally assume to arrest the aback movement of my accoutrements back axis the wheel; I feel they would account from actuality thinner to abstain adverse council movement.
All things considered, I don’t apperceive of addition wagon currently on auction which offers the aforementioned aggregate of active fun, refinement, and amount – absolutely none of the brands I ashamed off at the alpha of this analysis hae commodity aural this bracket and articulation to put forward. So it seems like MINI has begin a alcove for its Cooper S Clubman at aloof a thousand dollars added than its 5-door auto equivalent. So, already again, why aren’t added of the Cooper S Clubman on our roads?
Special acknowledgment to Eurokars Habitat for this opportunity.
The aboriginal adaptation of this commodity aboriginal appeared on Eat.Fly.Drive.
The MINI Cooper S Clubman has begin a alcove in our car market, but can it capitalise on this?
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