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Massive Mini: 2016 Cooper Clubman is the longest, widest yet (pictures)

Mini calls the 2016 Clubman its "flagship," so it's not just the biggest model in the new line; it should also be the best.

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Mini grows the 2016 Cooper Clubman in more ways than one.

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The new model is physically larger than before, stretching more than a foot in overall length.

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However, the Clubman also grows stylistically. Mini wants to step into the premium compact class with this little family-friendly wagon.

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The Clubman gains a wide range of premium amenities that Mini hopes will help justify its price tag.

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The larger Clubman is now the longest model in Mini's lineup, besting even the Countryman by over six inches.

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The asymmetrical coach door on the passenger side has been dropped, but the Clubman retains the split rear doors.

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Technically, the Clubman is a six-door now.

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With the touch of the remote fob, the Clubman's doors can be opened hands-free.

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Under the clamshell hood is one of two modular TwinPower engines.

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The more potent Cooper S model boasts a turbo four-cylinder that's good for 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.

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Non-S Clubman models feature a smaller 1.5-liter TwinPower turbo three-cylinder engine, which is surprisingly potent.

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The cabin also grows up for the 2016 model year with a major improvement in materials and design.

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Circles abound throughout the cabin, from the shifter surround to the infotainment cluster, to the gauges and door pulls.

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Mini's dinner-plate speedometer is gone for this generation. In its place is a standard Mini Connected infotainment system.

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Two versions are available: a smaller 6.5-inch unit and a larger 8-inch unit with navigation (pictured here).

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At its core, Mini Connected is a re-skin of BMW's iDrive software.

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Surrounding the infotainment stack is a color LED ring.

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The ring's colors change to indicate infotainment features, match the swing of the tachometer, or suit the driver's preferences.

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Mini Connected is not touch-sensitive. Drivers make their inputs via this physical control bank on the center console.

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iPhone users running the Mini app also gain access to a host of quirky and Web-connected features when their phone is paired via USB.

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The smaller, standard 6.5-inch system lacks navigation and doesn't fill the space as well, but retains the Connected Apps functionality.

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The standard control knob also lacks the touchpad, which is fine because there's no navigation to input addresses into.

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The speedometer moves to a more traditional position at the top of the steering column where it overlaps the tachometer's pod.

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Mini's toggle switch bank is retained for the new model.

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Here you'll find the flipper for the standard keyless starter.

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Though now the largest of the Mini models, the Clubman is still fairly small. Its proportions are close to the Volkswagen Golf five-door.

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The rear end features an interesting, seemingly truncated design.

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Though exaggerated in this photo, the new Clubman is also the widest Mini in the line at 70.9 inches.

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Mini's representatives used the term "flagship" when describing the Clubman, meaning it's the best that the brand has to offer.

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With the rear seats folded flat, the Clubman's 47.9 cubic feet of storage bests even the Countryman CUV by 5.7 cubic feet.

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The column in the middle of the rear window takes some getting used to, but doesn't block much of the view.

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An optional head-up display puts speedometer and navigation data ahead of the driver's view.

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The 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman starts at $24,100 for the base Cooper model. In the UK market, the Mini starts at £19,995, while Australian drivers can expect an AU$35,000 starting price.

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More powerful and agile Cooper S models step up to a starting price of $27,650.

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