Over 50 years later since the very first Mini Van was released which had a pay load capacity of just 250kg and a very plain and simple interior there is a new one on the market.
Today’s MINI Van comes will all the latest technologies which is perfect for up market businesses. Whereas before you were lucky if there was a heater in your van let alone electric windows or air conditioning. With this in mind why not opt for the other small vans on the market such as the Ford Fiesta Van or the Vauxhall Corsa Van. Well we have listed all you need to know about the MINI van so you can make your own decision.
The MINI Van only comes with one wheelbase length and one roof height but there is the option of three different engine options; two petrol and one diesel. The first is the MINI One Clubvan which has 95 hp. Next up is the 122hp MINI Cooper Clubvan; both of these are the petrol engines. The diesel engine is the MINI Cooper D Clubvan which has a 1.6 litre engine and has a six speed manual gearbox. For most tradesmen, diesel is the preferred option as it lasts longer than petrol although can be slightly more in price.
Electric power steering is a standard feature across all the vans as well as MacPherson Struts that are in the centre at the front of the suspension whilst at the back the suspension has a multi link set up. There is also an extensive safety package which includes Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, ABS, Dynamic Stability Control and Cornering Brake Control. All of these features will help ensure that the amount of accidents is reduced and therefore fewer claims are made against van insurance policies.
Although so far this all sounds reasonable there is a danger with buying the Clubvan. There are so many additional extras that the danger lies in relation to the bank balance. A rear parking aid will set you back a further £200 and alloys with low profile tyres will cost another £900 all excluding VAT.
Of course the Clubvan would not be complete without the rear twin doors that are so iconic on the Clubman. As well as this there is also another door which is known as the Clubdoor which is just behind the driver’s door. It has around the same load space of its competitors in the small car derived sector and comes with six tie down points and a grille that is the full length from the floor to the roof. Although the interior probably isn’t suitable for building materials it can pull a trailer totalling 750kg.
Unfortunately there isn’t much choice when it comes to the colours that are available with only three to choose from; pepper white, ice blue and midnight black. However, there is still plenty of room for a company logo on the rear doors where the windows were placed on the Clubman. It is cheaper than the Clubman especially as businesses can also claim back the VAT.
The interior of the cab stays true to the MINI family with the retro speedometer which is placed right in the middle of the dashboard. Also if you opt for the onboard computer or the satellite navigation system then this is also where these features will be located. Just above the steering wheel is the rev-counter which also has a digital version incorporated for display.
The Clubvan comes with start/stop technology as standard and it also comes with a three year/unlimited mileage warranty. It is recommended that a service is carried out between 16,000 and 18,000 miles and everything should still run smoothly.
The vans range from £11,833 to £14,258 depending on which of the three you opt for; the MINI One, the MINI Cooper or the MINI Cooper D. This is all minus the extras so it is probably very easy to spend around £20,000 on a well kitted out Cooper D. Another thing to consider is that because it is a commercial vehicle, each year you will have to pay £215 in vehicle tax which is exactly the same price as a 4×4 double cab pickup. The Clubman on the other hand is only around £20.
Overall this van is intended for those who operate in a niche market and not suitable for those who are wishing to transports large kerb stones for example, although for the right business profile and for delicate, less abrasive loads the Clubvan is perfect.