Mini could call the previous Clubman a five-door on a technicality, in as much as it had five doors. But two of them were for access to an enlarged but still restrictive boot, and only one granted access to the back seats – and via the wrong side of the car for the utmost convenience of British buyers.
The new model is what the rest of the car-making world calls a five-door – and yet Mini calls it a six-door, now that it has four side doors and retains two at the rear.
Whatever it is, it’s clear that Cowley only intends to apply the word ‘ordinary’ to this car in inverted commas.
Its number of doors isn’t what sets this car apart, though. The Clubman is now a full-size car. At more than 4.2m long, it fills a typical UK parking space and is 270mm longer than a Mini 5dr hatch, 100mm longer in the wheelbase and 73mm wider.
But your perspective on the car’s authenticity to its roots will be informed by how important you think compactness is.