Oh my days

The new MINI Club­man is an all-round stun­ner.

Esquire (Singapore) - - Cars -

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ma­ture to men and if age grants us the aware­ness to be­come wiser, we might be a MINI Club­man if we had wheels.

Mr Bean had his, a 1976 Bri­tish Ley­land Mini 1000, and it was un­der the Bri­tish Ley­land com­pany—they changed their name to the Rover Group and was sub­se­quently ac­quired by BMW—that the first MINI Club­man was born in 1969. And boy, did the Club­man grow.

The ear­lier it­er­a­tions car­ried the same size as the sig­na­ture MINIs but the car spot­ted a squarer frontal look. The MINI Club­man of to­day is an­other thing al­to­gether.

With four doors and the char­ac­ter­is­tic split doors at the rear, five spa­cious seats and a size­able in­te­rior, the Club­man is de­signed for the leader of a hoard. With plenty of free­dom to move for ev­ery­one—as for the driver, more space is af­forded with the tra­di­tional hand­brake re­moved in favour of a cen­tral con­sole—the lat­est ver­sion also has a ver­sa­tile lug­gage com­part­ment that can carry any­thing from 360 litres to dou­ble of that with the rear back­rest folded down. Did any­one say, “road trip”? The Club­man packs some power too. The MINI Cooper Club­man and MINI Cooper S Club­man are both pow­ered by the lat­est gen­er­a­tion three and four cylin­ders en­gines re­spec­tively. The MINI Cooper S Club­man can reach a peak out­put of 192hp and max­i­mum torque of 280Nm from 1,250rpm. Ac­cel­er­a­tion from 0 to 100km/h takes just 7.1 sec­onds with a top speed of 228km/h. As for the MINI Cooper Club­man, it takes 9.1 sec­onds to the same with a top speed of 205km/h—re­tain­ing its sports driv­ing per­for­mance.

Does this mean that the Club­man feels less like a MINI and more like a stan­dard hot hatch? We’ll leave that for any­one to de­cide. But at the end of the day, it main­tains it­self as a fun drive. Even if it’s a larger MINI.

Words by Zul An­dra The MINI Cooper S Club­man and MINI Cooper Club­man are both re­tail­ing at the MINI Habi­tat show­room and are priced at SGD166,300 and SGD139,300 re­spec­tively.

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