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2016 Mini Clubman S: Mini scales up while going upscale

Mini upscales the Clubman hatchback, both literally and figuratively. Physically, it's larger, but it also boasts a much more premium list of amenities and luxury appointments.

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2016 Mini Cooper Clubman S

The 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman bears the accolade of "longest production Mini ever." From nose to tail, it's longer even than the Countryman crossover.

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In addition to being the biggest little Mini, the Clubman is also the most premium. A healthy list of amenities and luxury appointments positions this Cooper as the brand's new flagship.

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Though much longer and a bit wider than the previous generation, the 2016 Clubman isn't much taller than before. This gives the Clubman a sporty and hunkered-down appearance.

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2016 Mini Cooper Clubman S

The model retains the double rear doors, which open on side hinges to provide access to the rear cargo area.

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The doors now feature an optional remote opening feature and can even be opened hands-free by kicking a foot beneath the rear bumper, which is great for loading the Cooper when your hands are full of cargo.

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2016 Mini Cooper Clubman S

Behind the front wheels are these aerodynamic cutouts, which I think are a bit too aggressive for the Mini's more premium ambitions.

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2016 Mini Cooper Clubman S

Where the previous model featured an asymmetrical door design, the new model has a more conventional four-door configuration.

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2016 Mini Cooper Clubman S

Beneath the hood is the choice of two modular turbocharged engines. Base models feature a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder and the Cooper S gets a 2.0-liter four-banger with more power and torque.

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2016 Mini Cooper Clubman S

The Cooper S also gets an upgraded and sport-tuned suspension, though both trim levels offer a reasonably fun ride around town.

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2016 Mini Cooper Clubman S

Check the right boxes and the Cooper S can also be had with an optional adaptive suspension that firms up or smooths out based on the user-selectable driving modes.

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2016 Mini Cooper Clubman S

The Clubman starts at around $27,650, but the new premium amenities come at a premium price. Fully loaded, the Clubman S crests the $40,000 mark with ease.

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