2018 MINI Cooper Clubman Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 MINI Cooper Clubman was new.


Interior: 7.8

The 2018 Mini Clubman upholds the nameplate's playful styling but adds more practicality than you'll find in the smaller Mini Cooper Hardtop. Comfortable seating for up to five people and an expansive cargo space are among its positives, and there's a large collection of options available to customize its upscale interior. The infotainment system is easy to use once you get beyond its initial learning curve.

  • "Soft-touch interior surfaces, doors that seal solidly when closed, and rubberized climate control knobs that rotate with soft detents are all of palpable quality. Mini's personality remains, but it's matured and befits a luxury compact." -- Edmunds
  • "Whimsy marks the Mini's interior. Circular shapes dominate -- a round door latch, round center screen surround, and a round speedometer perched atop the steering column. Chrome toggle switches punctuate the dashboard. There is a plaid pattern in the bottom of the door pockets, and the ring surrounding the center screen glows and pulsates different colors when you adjust a knob. (It can be shut off.) Furnishings are more upscale than most other compact cars, with much of the door panel covered in soft-touch material and a thickly-padded dashboard top." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Soft-touch surfaces, premium switchgear and a quieter cabin help the interior feel refined. The touch/rotary controller below the center-mounted display is trickle-down electronics from Mini's BMW parent." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)


The five-seat Clubman comes standard with synthetic leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Leather upholstery, high-grade cloth upholstery, heated front seats, front sport seats with added bolstering, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat are also available.

For child safety seats, standard LATCH hardware includes three tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors. The hardware is easy to find and reach, and the spacious back seat means there's lots of room on all sides of the car seat.

For the driver, the Clubman offers a comfortable seating position, good padding, and decent visibility (though some don't like the obstruction created by the seam of the cargo area barn doors). Passenger space is decent all-around, and there's enough room in the back seat for a pair of adults or a trio of kids.

  • "The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the rear seat is hospitable enough for adults, although head, knee, and foot room are still stingy. The optional dual-pane sunroof makes the cabin feel airy." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The seat cushions are firm but offer plenty of padding, as do the armrests. Even the simulated leather upholstery feels pretty nice. There's good lateral support and a decent amount of lumbar support, even without the upgraded power seats." -- Edmunds
  • "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

Every 2018 Clubman comes standard with the base infotainment system: a 6.5-inch display, a Mini Connected interface, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors are also standard. Available options include an 8.8-inch touch-screen navigation system, satellite radio, wireless charging for smartphones, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, parallel park assist, and a head-up display.

You'll need to spend some time getting accustomed to the Clubman's unique interior layout and technology. Once you're familiar with the redundant buttons and the menu structure of the infotainment system, you should find the overall experience user-friendly.

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  • "The central entertainment and climate controls are well-organized, intuitive to navigate and easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "In the cockpit, you'll find chrome-tipped toggle switches and a red start button flipper switch. A large round center screen for the infotainment system has a rim that changes colors like a mood ring, reflecting your actions. The controls take a bit of time and use to fully comprehend, but they ultimately prove logical enough. The climate control system struggles to blow ample cold air on stifling hot days." -- Consumer Reports
  • "A big knob is located on the center console, surrounded by short-cut buttons, and it controls the Mini Connected infotainment system. The design forces a steep learning curve and requires several steps to perform simple functions. Eventually, you get used to it. Sort of." -- New York Daily News (2017)


There is 17.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the Clubman's rear seats, and the available 40/20/40-split-folding rear seat folds flat to create a 47.9-cubic-foot cargo hold. Both dimensions are among the largest in the subcompact car class.

  • "The cargo area measures 17.5 cubic feet, rear seats fold flat, and underfloor cargo storage is brilliantly designed. The rear swing-out cargo doors allow easy access." -- Edmunds
  • "Once you go through all of that, you gain access to a small wagon cargo area, with a square opening and flat recessed floor. The raised sill keeps items from rolling out when the rear doors are opened. Lowering the seatbacks gives more cargo space. There are bins in the cargo area and in the back of the doors for storing small items. Plus, there's a decent amount of extra load space under the cargo floor. A retractable security cover keeps items away from prying eyes." -- Consumer Reports
  • "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)

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