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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.
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.
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.
The model retains the double rear doors, which open on side hinges to provide access to the rear cargo area.
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.
Behind the front wheels are these aerodynamic cutouts, which I think are a bit too aggressive for the Mini's more premium ambitions.
Where the previous model featured an asymmetrical door design, the new model has a more conventional four-door configuration.
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.
The Cooper S also gets an upgraded and sport-tuned suspension, though both trim levels offer a reasonably fun ride around town.
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.
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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