Mini UK’s most contentious decision here was not to offer the Clubman originally in the entry-level One specification, which they duly rectified and then removed with no fanfare.

The decision would have been taken partly because we’ve got a record of embracing the Mini brand and spending plenty of cash on its cars over the years – and so a better-equipped, more premium-brand position makes financial sense for BMW. And after giving customers the option to buy a One D Clubman, many shunned it for the higher powered models.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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Adaptive LED headlights are fitted as part of the Chili Pack, and provide good clarity and range

It also better protected residual values, which our sources expect to be competitive, although not outstanding – and therefore, for the first time in living memory for a Mini, perhaps in need of protection.

But now would-be fleet users have access to the only version of the Clubman with sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.

Even with its new entry-level model, Mini can afford to fit its 6.5in colour infotainment system, with iDrive-style controller and Mini Navigation, as standard to all cars. We would also opt to add the Chili Pack (£2785), Media Pack (£1010) and variable damper control (£450) to the Clubman, it would also be worth asking the dealer to throw in a smaller set of alloys on non-run flat tyres and a spacesaver spare wheel. 

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Mini also continues with its established Mini TLC three-year servicing package for £299 – which could be half the cost of servicing a rival over the same period.

Real-world fuel economy is, just like residual values, adequate but far from outstanding, with the Chili pack bolstering the values so they are better than most volume hatchs, but not quite class-leading.

Our Cooper D Clubman averaged 51.1mpg for our True MPG testers. It’s the kind of return we’ve seen from much higher-output diesel versions of the Volvo V40 and Volkswagen Golf over the past two years.

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