The unusual Mini Clubman has been reinvented, with the new version both bigger and roomier than its predecessor, as it looks to broaden its appeal amid growing premium hatchback competition. We recently tested the Cooper S in automatic guise, and while many things have changed on the Clubman, it still shares several defining features of the current-generation hatchbacks, including the clamshell bonnet, oval-shaped headlights and LED graphics.
The new Clubman, on sale later this month, uses the same versatile BMW UKL platform and shares the same wheelbase as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. Overall, it is wider, lower and longer than the Countryman, and offers improved passenger comfort and more boot space than its predecessor.
The petrol-powered 1.0-litre Volkswagen Polo has proved a big hit this week, with this review focusing on the 108bhp three-cylinder engine, after the entry-level 59bhp version was tested earlier this year. This first drive also matched the most powerful three-pot engine with R-Line spec, which brings luxuries such as front and rear parking sensors, sports seats and 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system. But the question remains, how does this Polo stack up against the 1.0-litre Ford Fiesta in Titantium trim? Read our verdict on the VW Polo R-Line.