Cnet has their chance with the Clubman and Clubman S. Overall they liked it, as well the R56, but they had some reservations.
>There’s no doubt that the Mini Cooper Clubman will have its loyal followers. Its signature Mini styling cues, along with some model-specific features, definitely attract attention. But unless you’re willing to spring for the more powerful engine, be prepared to curse those steep city streets. And for $25k, there are plenty of other cars that could make it up the hill. Although the alternatives might not look as hip.
[ First drive: MINI Cooper Clubman ] Cnet.com