Mini's Clubman can be an urban runabout or a headache for hot hatches depending on which engine you choose. The entry-level naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine comes in 98- and 122bhp states of tune in the One and Cooper and the latter is certainly worth the premium. Likewise, the One D and Cooper D share the same basic 1.6-litre diesel engine, offering power outputs of 90- and 112bhp respectively. Although the latter is more desirable, the One D isn't all that much slower in the real world, thanks to a useful 158lb ft of torque produced from just 1,750rpm.

The most powerful diesel is the Cooper SD, which uses a development of BMW's 2.0-litre engine. In the Mini this sends 143bhp and a significant 225lb ft of torque to the front wheels. It's as quick as the turbocharged Cooper S in the real world, though perhaps not as engaging. The petrol-fuelled car produces its maximum 184hp at 5,500rpm so it encourages the driver to use more of the rev counter. Though its 177lb ft figure is lower than the SD's, it's available over more of the engine speed range.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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Mini's Clubman can be an urban runabout or a headache for hot hatches

However, really pushing the performance boat out is the John Cooper Works model. It is powered by a further development of the Cooper S's twin-scroll turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, but it produces 208bhp and 191lb ft of torque. A top speed of 148mph is quoted, plus a 0-62mph time of just 6.8 seconds.

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All versions come with a six-speed manual gearbox, and an automatic is optional - on anything other than the John Cooper Works.

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