The MINI Clubman was introduced in Canada for the 2008 model year.
The second-generation Clubman arrived for the 2016 model year.
The Clubman is still on sale in the United States.
The MINI Clubman is no longer part of the quirky English brand’s lineup in Canada, after a 15-year run spanning two generations. It’s worth noting that the Clubman is still offered in the U.S. market.
The first-generation MINI Clubman was introduced in Canada for the 2008 model year as a slightly stretched variant of the MINI 3-Door hatchback. It sported a passenger-side, rearward opening half-door—dubbed the Clubdoor—allowing easier access to the rear-seat area. It also featured two swing-open rear doors to facilitate loading the car’s cargo hold. It was available is base Cooper and more powerful Cooper S variants, with a base price of $26,400 before freight and delivery charges. The base Cooper was equipped with a naturally aspirated 1.6L inline-four that developed 118 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, while the Cooper S’ turbo 1.6 four generated 172 hp and 192 lb-ft.
A new delivery van-style variant called the MINI Clubvan, with no rear quarter windows, appeared in Canada for the 2023 model year, but was quickly dropped due to lack of interest.
The second-generation MINI Clubman arrived for the 2016 model year, with bigger proportions inside and out, conventional rear-seat doors on each side, and the signature swing-open cargo area doors. It shared its architecture with the MINI Countryman crossover and, eventually, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe which is also no longer in Canada following the 2022 model year. There was no 2015 model-year Clubman in Canada.
The Clubman’s second generation was offered in base Cooper, Cooper S and hot-road John Cooper Works Clubman variant, with the more recent model years bringing the ALL4 all-wheel drivetrain as standard equipment. The Cooper was equipped with a turbocharged 1.5L inline-three with 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, while the Cooper S boasted a turbo 2.0L four with 189 hp and 206 lb-ft. While the 2016-to-2019 JCW received a turbo 2.0L four with 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, it was blessed with 301 hp and 332 lb-ft from 2020 to 2022.
For the final, 2022 model year, the Cooper S Clubman ALL4 was listed at $36,245 including freight and delivery charges, while the John Cooper Works Clubman ALL4 retailed for $43,835.
The MINI Clubman was rather unique in the marketplace, which we loosely considered a hatchback or wagon that once competed with models such as the Fiat 500L, the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen and the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. With all these rivals gone, the Clubman was becoming less relevant in the marketplace, especially with the trendier Countryman crossover in the brand’s lineup. The latter is due for a redesign for the 2024 model year, and it’s unclear if there will be a next-generation Clubman as well.