The fair-to-middling rating we have awarded this Mini shows how much we value the depth of its engineering, particularly in the way it handles, the clear quality of its construction and how cheap to run it is (John Cooper Works version aside). That's despite the fact that, as a concept, the Clubman is flawed to say the least.

Even if the looks present you with no particular problem, you will have to deal with that single rear door being on the wrong side of the car. Add the two boot doors and it smacks of a company thinking too hard about how such things should look and not enough about how they should work.

The Clubman does offer Mini fans something different

Saying that, the Clubman does offer Mini fans something different. If you get the whole Mini thing and want a change from the hatchback then it could be just the ticket. It's a little more practical, though that's not a reason to buy it. The driving experience and image remain, as does the bewildering array of customisation options and the line-up itself is extensive.

Though there's nothing particularly wrong with the One Clubman, it rather defeats the purpose of a car made to stand out, so this body variant works best further up the range.

The odd thing is, we quite like the Clubman because it is at least an ambitious mould-breaker. However, our problem lies with its execution, which, sadly for such an apparently interesting product, is just not good enough.

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