At first glance, this large Cooper seems odd, especially if we evaluate it solely from the photos, but personal acquaintance with the situation changes radically. It surprises the world with its diversity and its exclusive lineup. And finally draws attention coming up with something special. So the Clubman is really an important project, which is entrusted with a very serious mission. New to demonstrate the capabilities of MINI, so as to experiment on a model of Cooper - is like chopping off the branch on which you sit.
Designs are already doing cash for the company, could only add new and exciting cultural heritage moves. The car looks like a MINI, but at first glance makes it clear that it's not my grandfather Cooper - it's just his cousin, and he was - a new generation.
The designers obviously tried not to do the Mazda RX8 folding doors. The Clubman will go its own way and make just one swing door, on the passenger side. Most importantly, this is the door - that really makes it a very handy thing. It makes landing back in much easier and convenient, without forcing the passengers to pass the initial course of yoga. Also do not forget that space for rear passengers has increased. Clubman gives as much as 8 extra inches of personal space for the legs, which immediately affected the most favorable planting.
'The Other MINI' - just as a brand-new Clubman will be different even because of its length, but above all thanks to the design back. So if the Clubman is difficult to distinguish on the front then the side will make you go for a toss with its novelty. It is really behind this uniqueness it is visible at first glance. Small hinged doors, trim edging on a body and a pair of exhaust pipes - all this had to been very helpful. Open and close these doors - a pleasure, and the tail lights are only discernible through them, as they are attached to the body. The valves are equipped with powerful springs, which make the process of manipulating them nice and noble.
In the inner space the brutal experiments are still not decided. We can boldly scold for an uncomfortable arm, which as always interferes in the folded and unfolded state. Glad for the more noticeable the center circle, which now has a music system. One has only to stop and go into neutral, the engine immediately stalls. The driver begins to think that the years spent behind the wheel, went for nothing, and suddenly presses the clutch ... machine start up again, and Start / Stop button. Fuel economy is certainly a good thing, but more nerves, and the life of the engine in such experiments obviously will not improve.
Feels like the Clubman went even better than the well-known Cooper. Maybe it's the larger database, or perhaps just the quality of roads, but there was a persistent impression that this engine suitable for the Clubman model is much better. With him on the mountain, streaming was nice and comfortable. Second gear often replaced by a third, showing a great pickup at the right time. A slightly open window allowing rich sound exhaust system, bouncing off rocks, to penetrate into the interior are all ingredients that comes with this package. The tachometer needle completely mesmerized passengers, forcing to stop and enjoy the spectacular views of neighborhoods.
The diesel engine is able to consume only 4.1 liters per 100 kilometers. Compared with the well known Cooper S, Clubman adds in the price of 2,000 euros. It is also worth noting that the car ordering system has undergone significant changes. The client selects the vehicle exclusively for himself, ordering options in addition to a predetermined base version.