Volkswagen Golf rival receives redesigned front end, new colour options and sports suspension package

Mini has performed a mid-life refresh on the four-year old Clubman, rival to the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus

Most of the changes are aesthetic, but there are improvements in lighting and some fresh colour and alloy wheel choices. There’s also a new sports suspension option, which lowers the car’s ride height by 10mm, while adaptive dampers remain an option.

The line-up remains unchanged, save for the deletion this coming July of the Clubman City, an entry-level model aimed at fleets that will be dropped. Its absence and an across-the-board price increase of £900 means that the range will start at £21,200 rather than £19,995.

The refresh is most obvious from the front, where the black bar bisecting the grille has been removed to tidy the Clubman’s nose, while the black grille of the Cooper S features a slender horizontal décor strip. A chrome grille finish can also be specified. 

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The lower air intake has also been redesigned, as have the LED headlamps and adaptive Matrix lights, which automatically maximise illumination without dazzling other road users, are an option. LED tail-lights are now standard and feature the distinctive Union Jack design of smaller Minis. The Clubman’s door mirrors have also been resculpted.

There are two new colour choices - Indian Summer Red and British racing Green - and three new alloy wheel designs. 

As before there are three engine choices, a 135bhp three-cylinder petrol, 189bhp four-cylinder petrol and 148bhp four-cylinder diesel, all turbocharged. 

A six-speed manual is standard, a seven-speed automatic optional. Three trim packs can be applied to the Cooper and Cooper S models, consisting of Classic, Sport and Exclusive.

The Clubman accounted for only 11 per cent of UK Mini sales in 2018, a little less than for its worldwide share of 14 per cent. The three-door hatch accounts for 27 per cent of global sales, the five-door 18 per cent, the Countryman 33 per cent and the Convertible eight per cent.

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16 April 2019

 I never liked this, always thought it looked bloated and bulbous. The first modern clubman, inspite of the stupid club door, looked far better in overall shape, proportions and style, and was much closer to how an original mini estate looked.

16 April 2019

Yes, the first one looke like a classic mini traveller, whereas this one is much fatter and more conventional

Not unappealing though albeit it almost feels like an entirely separate model to the hatch

16 April 2019

If Mini wants to keep up with the competition it should be 150bhp One, 200bhp Cooper, 230bhp Cooper S (more focused chassis) and a 300bhp, AWD JCW. As for diesels, 140bhp One, 180bhp Cooper and 220bhp Cooper S.

The current range is simply underpowered compared to Golf, A3, A-class and the rest of them (ironically upcoming FWD 1-series included)

16 April 2019

like the facelift but the tail-lights... wouldn't be so bold with the design, it looks neat but i would prefere the old ones.

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16 April 2019

I'm glad the Clubman exists, as at least its a non-SUV choice to make the motoring landscape a bit more interesting, but I agree the previous model was much more attractive. The new grille looks far too bulbous, but I think the tail lights on this are a better interpretation of the Union jack  design than the less subtle ones on the hatch.

16 April 2019

they really need to up-grade the 'instrument cluster' it look so cheap and nasty, make it digital and good looking!!

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