2017 MINI Cooper Clubman Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 MINI Cooper Clubman was new.


Interior: 7.0

The 2017 Mini Cooper Clubman has excellent material quality throughout the cabin, and the interior is well-isolated from outside noise, so you won’t have to shout when conversing with passengers. Modern styling gives the Clubman’s cabin an appealing look.

Whether you sit up front or in the back, you’ll find the Clubman’s seats comfortable, spacious, and supportive. That roominess extends to the cargo hold, as the Clubman has a maximum cargo capacity of nearly 48 cubic feet – an outstanding total for the class.

The Clubman has plenty of tech features, though some optional features in the Clubman are standard in competitors. The Clubman’s dash is smartly arranged, making it easy to see and use the controls for tech functions.

  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)


The Clubman seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and six-way adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, sport front seats with extra bolstering, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings are available.

Inside, the Clubman looks and feels spacious. Both rows of seats have ample room for adult occupants. Drivers will have no trouble finding a comfortable position, and the front seats remain supportive even over longer drives. The rear seats have plenty of head- and legroom, and unlike many other cars in the class, three people can sit in the back seat without feeling claustrophobic.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors in the Clubman. There’s plenty of room for most types of car seats, though you may have to move the front seats up a bit to fit rear-facing car seats. Car seats are easily installed; it doesn’t take much force to attach a car seat to any of the anchors, and the lower anchors are easy to find. The tether anchors are clearly labeled, so there’s little chance that any other hardware will be confused for them.

  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Clubman include a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, the Mini Connected infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display, and a touch controller for the infotainment system with handwriting recognition.

Available features include navigation, a power moonroof, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio, wireless device charging, an 8.8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, a head-up display, rear parking sensors, and automatic parallel park assist.

The Clubman’s features list is fairly generous for a subcompact car, though some features that come standard in many competitors – such as a rearview camera – are optional in the Clubman. The Clubman’s dashboard has a nice mix of form and function, making it easy to see the display and use the controls for climate and audio functions. Beware the available head-up display; it’s positioned a little low on the windshield, and some think the display itself is unsightly, so it may be more distracting than helpful for some drivers.

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  • "A whole suite of infotainment toys will also keep everyone occupied." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • "[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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)


The Clubman has 17.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, which is plenty of room for a family’s luggage (the average carry-on takes up about 1.4 cubic feet). With the rear seats folded, the Clubman has a capacity of 47.9 cubic feet, which is an excellent total for the class, and it’s more space than even most subcompact hatchbacks provide.

The Clubman has two side-hinged cargo doors that open outward – similar to French doors. There’s a false floor in the back, letting you stow valuable items out of sight. There’s also an available hands-free setup, which makes it easier for you to open up the cargo hold when your hands are full.

  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

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