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Published Date: 15/08/2017

This British star of the car world is as lovable and iconic as ever, and now blends a modern interpretation of traditional looks with German engineering precision and all the latest technology. The MINI range is the broadest it’s ever been and the cars themselves have grown, bringing added road presence and practicality to suit a variety of lifestyles. The question is - whether the Hatch or Clubman would be better for yours?

Styled for your life

The MINI Hatch is the model that resembles its history-making forerunner the most and its design has now progressed beautifully to give its larger silhouette a muscular, youthful and classy image that still oozes sporty appeal and delivers go-kart thrills. The MINI Hatch, which seats four, is now available not only as a 3-door but also in 5-door guise, offering even more practicality for people who regularly carry passengers, a fair bit of luggage or even pets.

A longer driveway is required for the super-stylish MINI Clubman, which is 4,253mm in length compared to the 3-door Hatch at 3,821mm and the 5-door at 3,982mm. The Clubman, an elegant estate with genuine ingenuity in its DNA, is also taller than the Hatches, at 1,441mm, resulting in a slightly more elevated view of the road. Sophisticated, impeccably built and roomier than ever, the MINI Clubman has a 360-litre boot in comparison to the 3-door Hatch’s 211 litres. What’s more, the Clubman has a party trick in the form of two split-opening rear doors instead of a conventional boot, 

Conclusion: The MINI Hatch is perfect for those seeking a satisfying driving thrills who don’t need the extra space for regular rear passengers or lots of luggage.

Exciting interiors

Nestling into the MINI Hatch’s body-hugging sports seats and exploring the wealth of detail and quality on display in its highly customisable interior is a special experience. MINI drivers enjoy the uniqueness of the car’s unmissable high-resolution circular interface that controls everything from music and climate to apps, nav and internet connectivity. The LED ring surrounding the touchscreen even changes colour in response to notifications and driver actions. From the delicious flick switches to the head-up display, everything about the MINI Hatch enhances the feeling of driving excitement.

The MINI Clubman’s leather multifunction steering wheel, plush seats and exquisite trim make it a truly enjoyable experience for drivers and passengers alike. The design of its windows and rear styling mean that visibility is excellent for kids or grownups sat in the back, and those clever split-opening boot doors can even be opened hands-free courtesy of MINI’s Easy Opener upgrade. Emphasising this stylish estate’s underlying practicality even further, a luggage compartment net can also be specified to keep everything in place during engaging driving.

Conclusion: Both the Hatch and Clubman offer cutting-edge technology and plenty of interior features to keep a smile on their drivers’ faces, so the choice really comes down to space needs, with the Clubman winning on practicality.

Engines for everyone

Powerplants for the MINI Hatch commence with the ‘One’ from £14,620, powered by a petrol engine producing 102bhp and capable of upto 60.1mpg fuel economy. This makes it absolutely ideal for those who cover fewer than 20,000 miles per year and seldom make long journeys. The diesel One D peaks at 95bhp and has impressive headline figures of 89g/km CO2 and consumption of upto 83.1mpg - well suited for higher-mileage drivers and company fleets. For added punch, there are the Cooper and 192bhp Cooper S petrol versions, as well as Cooper SD with 106g/km and 70.6mpg figures. The star of the MINI Hatch show for all-out driver thrills is the John Cooper Works, priced from £23,780 and capable of reaching 62mph in 6.3 seconds thanks to 231bhp.

Skipping the One and starting off with Cooper from the outset, the MINI Clubman engine lineup also goes on to include the Cooper D, Cooper S and John Cooper Works, which in the estate’s case is priced from £30,180. As with the Hatch, an automatic gearbox is available on several MINI Clubman variants, and buyers who opt for the Sports Automatic transmission can also enjoy the wide-ranging benefits of four-wheel drive, courtesy of MINI’s ALL4 system.

Conclusion: All MINI Hatch and Clubman engines are capable and entertaining, but the petrol Cooper S ALL4 and diesel Cooper SD ALL4 are hard to ignore as fantastic all-rounders, their four-wheel drive systems helping drivers of all abilities get the most fun out of them.

In numbers…

 

MINI Hatch

MINI Clubman

 

Min

Max

Min

Max

Power (HP)

95

231

136

231

Fuel (comb MPG)

44.8

83.1

38.2

68.9

Emissions (CO2, g/km)

89

147

168

190

Top Speed (mph)

118

152

127

238

0 – 60mph in…. (seconds)

6.3

11.0

6.3

9.1

Price

£14,620

£30,180

£20,730

£30,180


Iconic British design combined with efficient and punchy German engines and meticulous quality makes the MINI Hatch and Clubman very desirable cars indeed. The Hatch’s smaller footprint allows it to fit a city lifestyle perfectly, while the Clubman’s roomier interior and larger boot mean it’s great for families and road trips.

 

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