Mini‘s new Clubman City is designed specifically to meet the needs of company car drivers, according to its British manufacturer.
Based on the basic One Clubman, the City model gets a few “essential features” for business users, as well as a range of efficient engines.
Air conditioning and cruise control are carried over from the One Clubman’s kit list, while the City also provides satellite navigation, Bluetooth and parking sensors. The business-friendly model also comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, and 17-inch alloys are available at no extra cost.
Under the bonnet, the Clubman City is offered with a choice of two low-emission engines. The 1.5-litre petrol produces 101bhp, while the 1.5-litre diesel offers 114bhp.
Customers choosing petrol power will get the choice of manual or automatic gearboxes, while those opting for the diesel will be restricted to automatic alone.
Unsurprisingly, the diesel is the more economical of the two engines, returning 68.9mpg and emitting just 109g of CO2 per kilometre.
And because of its extra power, the diesel is also faster than its petrol sibling. The diesel can dash from a standstill to 62mph in less than 11 seconds, while the petrol is around half a second slower.
The diesel is considerably more expensive than its stablemate, however, with prices starting at £23,855. In contrast, the Clubman City with the petrol engine and manual gearbox starts at £19,995. Admittedly, the automatic gearbox commands a £1,560 premium, but the diesel is still £2,300 more expensive than the equivalent petrol.