Whether you like it or not, the Clubman's unorthodox interior is bound to elicit some kind of reaction. Eye-popping color choices, and that unmistakable rounded center screen/control layout, are pure Mini. The BMW influence is also notable in the quality of materials, with smart use of soft-touch plastics somewhat atoning for the JCW's inflated price. And, despite the unusual rounded shapes, most of the switches and buttons are easy enough to fathom. JCW sports seats and a bespoke steering wheel are unique to this model, and standard on all sub-trims. Of course, being the Clubman, there's actually space for five adults, even if the rear door openings aren't the most generous. Overall, while it initially appears to be a case of form over function, the Clubman's refreshing interior is actually perfectly practical for the daily needs of a small family.
That stretched wheelbase really pays off when getting from the Mini hatchback into the Clubman. There's seating for five passengers, and all get a decent amount of headroom and legroom - of course, this is still not a large car, so two passengers will be more comfortable at the back than three. The attractive JCW-spec sports seats feel good and provide plenty of support, as they should in a car that is likely to be pushed quite hard when the road allows for it. The driving position is sporty and can be adequately adjusted; while visibility is generally excellent, with the Clubman's extremities being easy to gauge but the quirky 50/50 split rear window does impede rearward visibility to an extent. While ingress and egress are good in front, it's not as easy at the back, and taller people will struggle a bit.
|Mini John Cooper Works Clubman Trims||John Cooper Works ALL4|
|Headroom Front Seat||40.2 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.4 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||34.3 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||54.7 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||52.8 in.|
A range of seating materials and leathers make customizing the Clubman's interior a fun, if time-consuming, task. Upholstery choices include cloth/leatherette, Dinamica/cloth, cloth/leather cord, cross punch leather, Dinamica/leather, Mini Yours Lounge leather and Chesterfield leather. While Carbon Black dominates the interior color palette, there is also Black Pearl, Indigo Blue, Pure Burgundy and Satellite Grey to choose from. A selection of trims includes chequered, Mini Yours fiber alloy, Piano Black, Mini Yours Piano Black and Mini Yours Pure Burgundy. The leather-wrapped JCW steering wheel is unique to this model. While the Classic sub-trim doesn't give you a choice of leather or upholstery (or the option to upgrade the interior trim) the Signature model does provide this as an option, while the Iconic model includes these upgrades as standard.
A sizable 17.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats provides the Clubman with more cargo room than most other subcompacts. More than this, once the twin doors swing open automatically, loading large items into the back can be done with ease. 60/40 split-folding rear seats free up a total of 47.9 cubes of space, transforming the Clubman into the lowest, trendiest van you've ever seen.
Small-item storage is catered for by an average-sized center console, cup holders, and large door pockets. Space for small items is not quite as generous for passengers at the back. Overall, the Clubman's cargo bay doesn't disappoint and is one of the main reasons to go for this variant rather than the smaller hatchback.
There are enough differences to clearly distinguish between the three sub-trims of Classic, Signature, and Iconic. Classic models get a rearview camera, rear park distance control, manual climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Heated front seats are optional on this variant, but standard on the Signature, which also gets a panoramic sunroof, dynamic damper control, and forward-collision warning with emergency braking. The top-line sub-trim, Iconic, builds on these features and adds power exterior mirrors with auto-dimming, wireless device charging and more premium interior surfaces. The optional Driver Assistance package (not available for the Classic) contains park assist, a head-up display and adaptive cruise control.
BMW's infotainment systems are considered benchmarks in the industry, and the Clubman benefits from the same fundamentals, albeit cloaked in Mini's more exuberant control layout. The base model starts off with a 6.5-inch screen, with the Iconic sub-trim enjoying a larger 8.8-inch touchscreen display. Bluetooth streaming, USB ports, and a six-speaker sound system are standard, while the Iconic sub-trim gets a Harman Kardon sound system, Apple CarPlay integration, Connected Navigation Plus, and SiriusXM satellite radio (optional on the Signature). Unfortunately, the Mini also inherits BMW's long-standing aversion to Android Auto, which isn't available on any Clubman. For the most part, though, the Clubman's infotainment system is up to scratch in terms of usability and processing speeds.