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MINI Clubman estate - Reliability & safety

Up-to-date technology should ensure the MINI Clubman is both safe and dependable in the long run

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.1 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

The latest Clubman is powered by advanced turbocharged petrol engines developed by MINI’s parent company BMW. It shares those engines and many other mechanical parts with its three and five-door hatchback sister models – as well as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer MPVs. As it’s a fairly new model, it boasts much of the latest safety and crash-prevention technology – although some of it is optional.

MINI Clubman reliability

The revised Clubman didn't appear in our annual Driver Power owner satisfaction survey but MINI as a brand finished in 19th place out of 29 manufacturers, and above BMW and Audi. Of the MINI owners that responded, 11% told us they’d experienced at least one fault with their car in the first year. That’s a little lower than average.

Safety

Independent safety experts at Euro NCAP only gave the Clubman four out of a possible five stars for safety in its latest and most stringent safety tests, and this less-than-perfect rating means it lags behind some rivals that were awarded five out of five. It lost marks for pedestrian and child occupant protection, as well as active safety, scoring 68, 68 and 67% respectively in these categories. Specifically, the testers criticised the Clubman’s lack of a lane-keeping assistance system. A lane-departure warning, which vibrates the steering wheel if it thinks you’re about to stray out of your lane, is wrapped up in the Driving Assistant Pack that’s an £800 option.

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