EL­E­GANTLY EX­E­CUTED ES­TATE

THE MINI CLUBMAN IS PER­FECT FOR DAP­PER DRIV­ERS WHO WANT A STYLISH AND FUNC­TIONAL STA­TION WAGON.

Torque (Singapore) - - MINI SPECIAL -

What images come to mind when you hear the word “gen­tle­man”? Most peo­ple would picture a hand­some guy in sharp suit, shiny shoes and per­fectly coiffed hair. They will prob­a­bly say that he’s well-man­nered and cul­tured, too.

These de­scrip­tions ap­ply to au­to­mo­biles, too, es­pe­cially if we’re re­fer­ring to the MINI Clubman. Such state­ments might come as a sur­prise to those who still think that MINI stands for ev­ery­thing that’s off­beat, fun and funky.

Well, those char­ac­ter­is­tics have al­ways been an in­her­ent part of the brand. But there’s a lot more to the MINI Clubman than that.

For starters, no other es­tate has as much road pres­ence as the lat­est MINI Clubman. From its ex­pres­sive face to its long, ta­per­ing and “float­ing” roofline, the MINI Clubman stands out any­where it goes. And then there are those “fridge doors” at the rear. These dual doors aren’t just there for show – they are ac­tu­ally more con­ve­nient than reg­u­lar tail­gates, es­pe­cially in carparks with re­stric­tive height lim­its. Let’s not for­get more pe­tite driv­ers, who will find these “fridge doors” eas­ier to close.

Like a true gen­tle­man, the MINI Clubman’s in­te­rior ex­udes re­fine­ment and so­phis­ti­ca­tion. A com­pre­hen­sive in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, along with op­tions such as a Head-Up Dis­play and Har­man Kar­don hi-fi sys­tem, are just a few of the nifty fea­tures avail­able to driv­ers.

More im­por­tantly, pas­sen­gers will find the MINI Clubman very ac­com­mo­dat­ing. There’s plenty of loung­ing room in the back­seat, which also has a pair of air-con vents for added com­fort. Now, be­ing an es­tate, one might think that the Clubman isn’t very “MINI” to drive.

Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. The Clubman re­tains MINI’s renowned go-kart han­dling, and can deftly dart from one cor­ner to the next. And be­cause its wheel­base is longer than the MINI 5-Door’s, the MINI Clubman han­dles with even more composure, too.

In sport­ing terms, the MINI Clubman is very fit – it takes a lot to make it “sweat”.

Gentle­manly, prac­ti­cal and ath­letic, the MINI Clubman is truly one el­e­gantly ex­e­cuted es­tate.

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