And if you want four-wheel-drive, the ALL4 version is worth looking at.
In term of the engines, the Cooper S 189bhp petrol model will prove to be the most popular with keener drivers. It can do 0-62 in almost 7.0 seconds, before maxing out at 142mph. It’s enjoyable to drive, and doesn’t have to be too expensive if you avoid the All4 option.
Other engines in the range include a rapid 1.5-litre 136bhp petrol engine, and the Cooper D. This is a diesel model that’s the bestselling Clubman to date. It’s powered by a turbo diesel 2.0-litre power plant that accelerates strongly, and can do 0-62 in 8.6 seconds.
But perhaps the real reason it’s so popular with buyers is its low running costs. Capable of returning fuel economy of 68.9mpg and emitting 109g/km of CO2, it’s cheap and green-minded.
The Cooper SD is a better option if you want a bit more performance, though. It returns fuel economy of 65.7mpg, and emits 119g/km of CO2 at the most.
MINI tends not to do things by halves when it comes to their interiors, and the Clubman is no different. The exterior is quirky, and so is the interior. But despite the quirks and the brand’s desire to stand out, the car’s cabin is still usable and well laid-out.
There are also lots of cool stuff in here, including an infotainment system and a sat nav that’s displayed on a large dial in the centre console. The cabin also gets air conditioning as standard.
MINI has also toned things down a bit from last time around, so that the car is more practical. Previously, practicality was something the Clubman struggle with. In 2017, it’s more of a conventional estate, which means interior space is good.
The wheelbase has been stretched, so legroom is improved. Storage space is also better, and the glove box can now hold a 1-litre drinks bottle. Like last time, you access the boot via twin barn doors. This is unconventional, and it can be a source of frustration. If it’s too annoying, you can request a system that lets you open these doors automatically by waving your foot.
The boot itself measures 360-litres, which is smaller than the Fiat’s.
Fiat – £16,000 – £21,300
MINI – £19,600 – £31,900