Here at rev.ie we’re fond of all things MINI, although there are now more variants of the Mini then ever, each one provides the driver with a thrilling driving experience. Now, MINI has added a new model to the mix, the Clubvan and despite the obvious statement of being a commercial van, it’s just like the regular mini’s it’s fun and rewarding to drive.
The MINI Clubvan is reminiscent of the original Morris Mini van that was first seen in 1960. This modern variant is built in the UK at MINI’s Oxford Plant and becomes the seventh member of the mini family, joining the Clubman, Countryman, Convertible, Coupe, Hatch and Roadster. It has just two seats and five doors, enabling easy access to van’s cargo area. There’s a bulkhead behind the seats to keep all your cargo firmly in place and plenty of attachment loops recessed into the flat floor for securing items. The Clubvan has 860 litres of load space and a maximum payload capacity of 500 kilograms.
Customers can choose from three different models of Clubvan, each powered by a different engine. The MINI One Clubvan has a four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 98hp. The more powerful Cooper Clubvan produces 122hp, while the popular model will no doubt be the Cooper D Clubvan. This is the model which we test drove, it’s utilises a four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 112hp and 270Nm of torque. This is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, with a six-speed automatic transmission available optionally.
The Clubvan’s dimensions are identical to the Clubman on which platform it’s based on. The driving experience is less van-like and more car-like, true to MINI form the Clubvan is truly entertaining to drive. There’s sufficient torque available from the gutsy 1.6-litre diesel engine to put a smile on your face either darting through narrow city streets or on the open country road. This frugal power plant produces a healthy 103g/km of CO2 therefore resulting in an annual road tax fee of just €190. For a car-like-van the Clubvan comes with a commendable level of standard specification, this includes air-conditioning, DAB radio, anti-theft alarm, electric windows and multiple airbags. Customers can personalise their individual Clubvan from a choice of optional extras that include, xenon headlights, automatic climate control, park distance control and satellite navigation.
The MINI Clubvan is perfect for businesses that carry small to medium-sized parcels and items around the country. Its modern styling is sure get your company recognised with suitable branding on the sides. The best part of the Clubvan is the entertaining driving experience it offers, if I required a small van the Clubvan would get my vote.
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