Given the reaction to the launch of the new Mini Clubman from some quarters, I did have to stop and pinch myself when I stepped into a secret room at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and laid eyes on the car. Stone me, I rather like it.
Billed by its makers as a VW Golf rival, I thought it looked well proportioned, spacious and practical, as well as appearing fun on the outside and the right side of quirky on the inside. Much like all modern Minis, in fact. Quibbles? There are a few but, rear headlight cluster aside, my equilibrium wasn’t too disturbed.
Some will never forgive a ‘Maxi’ Mini, of course, purely on the grounds it’s not true to the brand. I get that, although I don’t subscribe to the theory that you should keep doing what you did before just because you did it before.