2016 MINI Cooper Clubman Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 MINI Cooper Clubman was new.


Interior: 8.2

Test drivers praise the redesigned 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman's interior for its high-quality materials, unique styling and high-tech features. They add that the Clubman is incredibly quiet inside. Its seats are supportive, spacious and comfortable for front- and back-seat occupants. The Mini Clubman also has great cargo space for the class.

  • "Up front, there is an entirely new dashboard, but it sticks to the established Mini theme, which is characterized by circles and toggle switches, entertaining frills and bits of flash." -- New York Daily News
  • "The interior materials feel far more premium, a word used repeatedly by Mini execs, with better trim, softer plastic on the doors, and even an optional nifty ambient lighting system that shines through a specially mottled door panel." -- Motor Trend
  • "The vibe from behind the wheel is classic Mini, although the automaker has bumped up the quality of the plastics a notch and cooked up some new upholstery schemes." -- Car and Driver
  • "The quality is a cut above, too, and as you'd expect from a member of the BMW family, there is no shortage of optional extras to help boost the list price." -- Edmunds


The redesigned 2016 Clubman has seating for five. Leatherette upholstery and six-way adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, sport front seats and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings are available.

Reviewers agree that the Clubman's increased dimensions make its interior feel roomy for occupants in both rows. They note that the rear seats have good head- and legroom for adults. Finding an ideal driving position is also easy. Auto writers agree that the Mini Clubman's seats are supportive and comfortable, and both the standard leatherette and available leather upholstery are excellent. Reviewers also praise the Clubman's cabin for its outstanding noise isolation.

  • "There's room for a pair of 6-footers to sit in tandem, and despite the low-slung roof line, rear headroom is generous." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside the cabin, the Clubman is far more livable than ever before, and the driver will particularly enjoy the right-side armrest integrated into the seat. (It doesn't get in the way of shifting, either.) A larger, more comfortable seat also helps deliver a more relaxed driving position." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "New attention to details abounds, including an extremely quiet interior, except on the roughest of road surfaces. Wrap-around leather bucket seats held us firmly in place on drives through Georgia Low Country, near Savannah. We noticed a more relaxed feeling throughout the cabin which is now large enough for five-passengers." -- Left Lane News
  • "And it's remarkably quiet inside. Even over rough pavement, conversations could be had at normal volume at speed. Finding a good driving position was easy, and the seats come with manually adjusted thigh support extensions." -- Motor Trend
  • "The base car had cloth/leatherette seats that offer surprising comfort and bolsters that feel a bit more aggressive than the seats in the Cooper S Clubman. Either way, if you like the way you fit in any current Mini product and have adapted to their normalized ergonomics, you'll be happy seated in the new Clubman." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The redesigned 2016 Mini Clubman comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a USB port, Bluetooth, a Mini Connected infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display and a touch controller with handwriting recognition. Options include navigation, a power moonroof, a rearview camera, a head-up display, a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio, an 8.8 inch display, rear parking sensors and automatic parallel park assist.

Reviewers are pleased with the Clubman's generous list of standard and optional gadgets for the infotainment system, though some wish a rearview camera came standard. A few critics think the available head-up display is positioned a couple of inches too low. Others are pleased with the Clubman's updated dashboard.

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  • "The speedometer has found its place directly in front of the driver, regardless of whether the pizza-sized center screen is fitted with the expensive (but worth it!) navigation system, or not. Yes, the older style Mini dashboard looked quirkier...but this works better." -- New York Daily News
  • "A whole suite of infotainment toys will also keep everyone occupied." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "[W]e're less convinced by the head-up display system. It works well enough, but the screen is ungainly and only 2 inches higher than the conventional dashboard." -- Edmunds
  • "We doubt customers would prefer the side-view mirror logo projector (comes standard!) to a backup camera (still optional!), but it is a nifty nighttime conversation starter." -- Motor Trend


The 2016 Clubman has 17.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 47.9 cubic feet with them folded. That's more cargo space than most cars in the class have, including hatchbacks. A few reviewers appreciate the Clubman's false floor, which allows you to keep items hidden, and the available hands-free cargo door opener. The Clubman's cargo doors are side-hinged, which makes the cargo area easy to access.

  • "Meanwhile, the Clubman's vertically split cargo doors afford excellent access to the cargo area, and Mini claims it's even possible to load a washing machine back there. There's also an option that will open the doors remotely by triggering a sensor below the rear bumper with your foot, just like you see in SUVs these days." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Cargo space is the real winner here, the new Clubman offering 47.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded-15.1 cubic feet more luggage room than the previous Clubman." -- Car and Driver
  • "The doors reveal a cargo area that, at 17.5 cubic feet with the rear seats in place, is significantly smaller than the Golf's (22.8 cubic feet). The load bay can be split into two using a false floor to allow valuable items to be stowed out of sight." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo capacity takes no back seat in this MINI, with a 60/40-folding rear seat that offers 17.5 cu ft. of cargo-carrying capacity with the seats in their standard setting." -- AutoTrader

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