The Mini Cooper Clubman is a specialty vehicle that is more appropriately compared to high-end hatchbacks than to traditional compact estates.

It is a MINI that yet retains a lot of what makes smaller MINI models so enjoyable to drive while being utilised as a real family vehicle.

Strong engines and a composed chassis are highlights, as are refinement and comfort. The Clubman looks excellent and is a great car overall.

The MINI Clubman is an estate version of the five-door hatchback, although it's not huge. Imagine a quirky hatchback with double doors.

The 2019 Clubman has redesigned appearance (with Union Jack tail lamps) and a new 302bhp JCW engine shared with the BMW M135i.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Given the size of the Cooper Clubman JCW, we'd recommend being conservative with the available selections.

Signature adds 18-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, Harman/Kardon audio, and a panoramic sunroof. Navigation, Apple CarPlay, and digital gauges are included. Nice value.

The JCW update from the S model is impressive. The S's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 189 hp, but the JCW has 302 hp.

The Mini Cooper Clubman extended wheelbase makes it more comfortable for road journeys than smaller Cooper variants.

JCW's performance tuning erases the Clubman's advantage. Its lowered and strengthened suspension makes it a poor daily driver.

Although turn-in is crisp and steering is swift and heavy, it's not quite the go-karting feel we've come to associate with Minis.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The Clubman JCW earns 23 city and 31 highway mpg despite its sporty objectives.

We haven't tested the Clubman's turbo four on our 75-mph highway test route, but the lower-powered 2019 model earned 32 mpg.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Clubman's unique interior may turn off some, but it stands out from the plain Subaru Outback.

Although the cabin materials are subpar for the entry-luxury price, the car's unusual layout and quirky appearance make up for part of that.

This stylish automobile lacks practicality. Side-hinged rear doors and a fold-flat back seat make loading cargo easier.

This Small is, well, mini, so there's not much room. The cabin's cubbies have space only for phones. A large container under the cargo floor is useful.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Minis have stronger warranties than most small automobiles. Volvo and BMW match Mini's three years of bundled maintenance.