PaddockTalk, a Canadian automotive website, concludes,
The MINI is a great little car, but the Clubman makes it even better. It’s got more room and you don’t give anything away in the fun department. If you’re a glutton for punishment you can even have the John Cooper Works kit installed on your Clubman. I’d skip the base Cooper version entirely and go straight the Cooper S with a manual transmission. For around town and screaming down the twisty back roads – there’s nothing to beat this car – it’s amazing.