MINI Clubman means business
MINI Clubman - a roomy range for business

There are satnav options and head-up display options. Parking sensors, variable driving modes, variable suspension, LED head lights, and lots of other ways to personalise your MINI Clubman. Just as long as you don’t get too carried away because the options lists could very quickly ruin the tax incentives.

The MINI Clubman offers plenty of space, and a wide choice of trim and engine options in a stylish package.

The entry-level One starts at £19,595 and in diesel form offers excellent returns in both running costs and company car tax rate. From that point on it’s just a case of balancing increased performance and equipment levels within your budget, and that is purely down to your own priorities.

MINI Clubman means business
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MINI Clubman - a roomy range for business|Premium cabin|Distinctive and practical twin back doors
  • Wide range of engines and trim levels
  • Popular styling with lots of nice design touches
  • Practical four door design with seating for five people
  • Options list is packed with technology to keep you connected on the move
  • Fuel saving technology delivers figures from 99g/km and 74mpg
  • Low BIK rates from just 21%

MINI hails the new Clubman as the practical business choice – MINI Clubman means business. Is it worth your attention?

If your job requires regular and relatively short commutes between appointments, it won’t come as a surprise that a MINI is an excellent choice of company vehicle. It’s small(ish), economical, practical, and great for nipping through urban traffic situations.

The hatchback MINI is our SME Small Company Car of the Year for a reason.

This MINI isn’t a hatchback though. The Clubman is a bit bigger, a bit more practical, a bit more BMW’s challenge to the excellent Audi A3. A MINI in Clubman guise is bigger than you may realise.

Something else you may not know is that the Clubman range is so vast it’s highly likely that if you regularly clock up significantly more business miles there will still be one to suit you.

There are five trim levels, and all but the top of the range MINI John Cooper Works Clubman – that name is a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? – can be specified in both petrol and diesel versions. That means there are eight variations on a theme to choose from, and that’s before you even think about the options list.

Of the diesel range the 116bhp One D is the most economical returning 99g/km and a combined figure of 74mpg, which means a BIK tax rate of just 21%. The worst offending diesel is the Cooper SD ALL4 which only manages 126g/km and 58mpg.

MINI Clubman means business
Premium cabin

Still not bad and it does have 190bhp, four-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic transmission by way of compensation. There are some performance benefits if you are prepared to pay a bit more tax.

Obviously the petrol versions don’t fare as well in terms of economy and company car tax rates. Figures range from 119g/km and 55mpg in the One, to 159g/km and 40mpg in the All4. A bit higher than the equivalent diesel but if you spend more of your working day in heavy traffic, or suddenly find yourself driving in an ultra low emissions zone, you may prefer to opt for a petrol.

Unless you go for the 231bhp Cooper Works, in which case you will pay a lot more tax but get everywhere in half the time.

Tax benefits aside, the main reason why the MINI Clubman should appeal to business users is the fact that it’s definitely not mini. The Clubman is over four metres long. It has four doors, five seats, the admittedly strange but eminently practical split rear doors, and 360 litres of boot space that can be extended to 1250 litres. The badge might say MINI but don’t let the name fool you.

Being a MINI also means the Clubman shares some of that ever popular styling. It’s a bit funky, very well designed, and nobody can argue it’s not distinctive. There’s a wide range of colours available, you can opt for leather or fabric, contrasting roof colours and two-tone wheels, and lots of bits that light up different colours.

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