MINI CLUBMAN Series – Overview
The MINI Clubman remains the sole representative of quirky in the automotive landscape. The first generation R55 MINI Clubman was a hit with many, with ‘barn door’ arrangement (two vertically-hinged doors) at the tail and an unconventional single suicide door for entry to the rear seats. MINI did not convert the suicide door from left-hand drive to right-hand drive configuration, so, passengers exiting the rear seats are vulnerable as they only exit to the right, which is the traffic side in our keep-left roads.
Nonetheless, it was spacious and practical, unlike the 3-door hatchback. Back then, the Clubman had more space and looked more normal, unlike the “bulldog” look of the R60 MINI Countryman crossover. MINI Malaysia currently offers two variants of the six-door F54 MINI Clubman range in Malaysia- the Cooper S and the fully-loaded performance-oriented John Cooper Works (JCW) variant.
The MINI Clubman Cooper S is priced at RM 280,527, while the JCW commands a much higher price of RM337,528. Other competitors include the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 priced from RM285,337, the Audi Q3 Sportback 2.0TFSI from RM311,352 and the BMW X2 sDrive20i from RM 315,170. There was an entry-level Clubman with the highly efficient 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine but has since been discontinued.