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Stretched Mini Clubman lands Down Under with an extra side door - on the wrong side

22 Feb 2008

THE Mini Clubman is aimed straight at people who love the standard Mini, but find it just too hard to live with. Stretched by 244mm and adding 77.5mm extra legroom and 16mm more headroom for rear passengers, the Clubman can carry four people in comfort. With 50/50-split folding seats that open up 930 litres of space, the Mini Clubman shapes as a reasonably practical choice. It only has one door for the rear passengers though, a rear-hinged door one on the right-hand (road) side. The Clubman’s rear ‘barn doors’ hark back to the Mini Clubman Estate and Austin Mini Clubman that sold from 1960 to 1982 and also enable the new Clubman to stand out from regular Minis. Clubman models attract a premium of around $3300 over their hard-top equivalents, and employ the same mechanicals including an 88kW 1.6-litre four-cylinder and a turbocharged version packing 128kW.
Model release date: 1 February 2008 to 1 October 2015

Previous model

Clubman Estate

Released: 1960
Ended: 1982
Family Tree: Clubman

Sold as both the Mini Clubman Estate and Austin Mini Clubman, the wagon version of the Mini also aimed at people who just couldn’t fit all their stuff in the original Mini. It was based on the Mini Van, but came with a rear bench-seat that folded down and glass windows, instead of the metal sides of the Van. The original Clubman had a slightly longer wheelbase, but was still quite nimble.

It used the same powerplants as regular Minis, including Cooper S and GT variants. Some Clubman models were made in Australia until 1971.

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