MINI Clubman review - Reliability and safety
Four star Euro NCAP score lags behind best in class, but MINI owners report decent reliability
The MINI Clubman scored a four-star safety rating when Euro NCAP tested it in 2015, which means it trails most of its main rivals. While the Clubman scored well for the protection it affords adult occupants (90 per cent), its 68 per cent pedestrian protection and child occupant scores let it down slightly, while a 67 per cent score for safety tech isn't that great, either.
The Clubman does benefit from BMW's excellent build quality, plus the materials used are all superb. Front and side airbags come as standard, as do curtain airbags which extend all the way back in the Clubman to account for its increased length.
The Clubman, like the rest of MINI's range, gets the same three-year unlimited-mileage warranty that parent company BMW provides with all its new cars. This is slightly better than some rivals, which put a mileage limit on the warranty cover.
MINI offers its Service Inclusive pack on the Clubman, which costs £836 and covers servicing for five years or 62,000 miles.
Service intervals on the Clubman are determined by the on-board electronics, which show the status of components and fluids via the central display. This should work out to an annual service, although a light on the dashboard and message on the trip computer will advise when a service is necessary.
In this review
- 1MINI Clubman reviewThe MINI Clubman is a fun, small estate that's well-built and powered by a great range of engines – but it's not that practical
- 2Engines, performance and driveDespite its increase in size, the Clubman retains the classic MINI character, with nice steering and impressive body control
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsPunchy performance and efficient engines make the Clubman an ideal family car
- 4Interior, design and technologyUnique inside and out, the Clubman still offers something different to the norm
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceBigger boot and more passenger space than before, but rivals are still more practical
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingFour star Euro NCAP score lags behind best in class, but MINI owners report decent reliability