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Practicality is greatly enhanced with the 2012 Clubman's extra wheelbase and cargo area, but issues with interior build quality remain.
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Joining this club is all about space and access to it, so besides the split rear-cargo doors, there's a rear-hinged, half-door-size access panel on the passenger side that makes back-seat entry and egress a much easier proposition than in the coupe-all the better by which to enjoy the much-needed increased legroom.
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Updates to the interior will help appease those, like us, who found the Mini’s ergonomics less than friendly.
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Every compartment, toggle and switch functions with the usual high level of BMW confidence. But don't even get us started on the Toys R' Us-grade plastic. In this price range, a buyer deserves a little better.

Inside, the Mini Cooper is large enough to accommodate all sizes of drivers and front passengers in comfort. The rear seats in the hardtop allow four adults. With its hatchback and folding rear seats, the Mini Cooper can haul reasonable amounts of gear.

While the base Mini Cooper's rear seat is quite restricted, the Mini Cooper Clubman's second seating row is a viable space to put two adults. Be aware, however, that even with the extra size, the Clubman is still a small car, and as such the rear seat isn't exactly cavernous.
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With its extra rear-seat space and cargo area, the Clubman is one of the most practical and useful of MINIs, outpaced only by the Countryman--and even then, only in certain areas.

The Clubman's cabin lets in minimal road or wind noise, a sign of good design and engineering. The interior build lets it down somewhat, however, with creaks, squeaks, and rattles from plastic trim pieces growing evident as time wears on the car. Perhaps its the price the MINI pays for style and performance--but it's not what you'd expect given the MINI's relatively high price tag.

At 9.4 inches longer overall than the Cooper hatch and 3.2 inches longer wheelbase, the Clubman is still a small car. The extra space will be welcomed by rear-seat passengers, however. Front seat space is excellent, as it is with all MINIs.

Behind the rear seats, a 9.1 cubic foot cargo area offers a fair amount of storage, but fold the rear seats down and that grows to an impressive 32.6 cubic feet. The split-opening rear door and flat load floor help make the most of the space, but the joint of the rear door causes visibility issues that may bother some.


Practicality is greatly enhanced with the 2012 Clubman's extra wheelbase and cargo area, but issues with interior build quality remain.

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