The Mini Clubman is one of the largest in the Mini range, known best for its quirky design and signature barn doors. Thanks to its size, it is the only Mini that can be considered a family hatch – rivalling the BMW 1 series and Audi A3.
There are four engine and trim choices for the Clubman, the petrol Cooper and the diesel Cooper D share the same equipment, as do the Cooper S and Cooper SD.
As the Mini Clubman is only available in the Cooper specification, the list of standard equipment is pretty extensive – including air conditioning, sat nav and 16” alloy wheels just to name a few.
The Clubman’s size doesn’t stop it being a fun car to drive, especially if you opt for the Cooper S model. The powerful petrol engine and agile handling inherited from its smaller siblings make it particularly fun to drive
The Mini Convertible is in its third generation and is better than ever. Offering the signature Mini agile handling, improved fuel efficiency, premium quality and personalised options – the convertible may be more expensive than its rivals, but it’s worth every penny.
There’s the quality Cooper S model and even better John Cooper Works model. However even the standard Cooper and Cooper D have plenty of power and offer a decent fuel economy.
It goes without saying that this car is not for practicality, with almost non-existent rear seats and boot this car is built purely for fun.
The Cooper S is one of Mini’s original models. The new model pays its dues to the original whilst offering an array of customisation options, this allows Mini customers to make their car completely individual right from the decals on the roof to the colour of the stitching on the seats.
The Cooper S is available in the 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol which reaches 0-62 mph in a respectable 7 seconds. You can also choose the Cooper SD model, which features a 2.0 turbodiesel engine taken from BMW in 2011, for slightly more economical drive. The SD reaches 0-62 in 8.1 seconds, however if you take it easy you can reach an impressive 65.7mpg.
The Countryman is the perfect combination of Minis retro styling and the practicality of an SUV. However the styling and the brand are the only things ‘mini’ about this car, with the first generation being 500mm longer than the 3 door hatch and the second generation being even bigger than that -making it a total of 700mm longer than the hatchback.
With all this space comes more practicality, with a decent size boot and enough room on the backseats to fit three children or two adults with plenty of legroom.
The Mini Coupe is the most unique of the Mini range, dividing opinions with its individual looks. The Coupe is only a two seater, however this means that the lack of the back bench provides extra legroom in the front and a more useable boot space compared to the hatchback.
The unusual design of the Coupe is not only a head turner but also provides better aerodynamics – meaning improved fuel economy and quicker 0-62 mph times than the hatchback.
The Mini is now in its third generation under BMW and, although bigger, is better than ever. The styling pays its dues to its predecessors whilst having a huge array of customisation options for customers to choose from.
The Mini is available in three specifications; One, Cooper and the top of the range John Cooper Works, none of which disappoint when it comes to the fun factor, but if it is power you are after the JCW is the one to go for. The newest generation Mini has a five door option, which suggests it is now a family friendly hatch. The extra doors have not made a difference to the overall driving experience in the Mini, it is still fun to drive and quick on the corners regardless of which engine you choose.
The John Cooper Works is the ultimate model of the Mini range. Producing 228bhp it is considered one of the best hot hatches around, rivalling the Audi S1 and Golf R. The tuned suspension, upgraded brakes and sharper steeringmake the JCW even more agile than the Cooper S – which is a joy to drive itself.
The exhaust has been tuned to ‘crackle’ between gear changes, giving the car real character.
The John Cooper Works can also produce up to 40mpg, giving you an economical drive when you need it and a fun drive when you want it. The downside to this model is that the base model is very basic, for the price you would expect climate control and auto wipers to be standard – both of which are extras you have to pay for, plus any luxury extras like sat nav and heated seats.
The Paceman is Mini’s answer to those wanting to drive in style but need the practicality of a large boot.However although there is plenty of space in the front seats, the rear is still cramped and you will struggle to fit a child behind a tall driver – let alone a fully grown adult.
It offers a higher ride than the Mini hatchback or convertible, but it still has the sporty drive Mini’s are known for.