The light commercial vehicle market has exploded in recent years. With a too-large full-size van no longer the only option for small businesses looking for an enclosed cargo carrier, options like the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit Connect and now this, the Mini Clubvan, are now available to suit every size need.

Unveiled at last year's Geneva Motor Show
, the Clubvan will soon be on sale here in the US and we finally have details about what that transaction will cost you. Motoring File reports that the Clubvan's price will be $25,985, which includes the so-called "chicken tax" and a $700 destination and handling charge.

Other questions that were answered include whether or not the Clubvan can be ordered as a Cooper S or even John Cooper Works model, and the answer is no (why do need to deliver cakes that fast anyway?). Also, Mini has confirmed you can't take the shortcut of creating your own Clubvan by purchasing a standard Clubman and removing the rear seats. The factory Clubvan features steel side panels instead of vinyl coverings over the rear windows, as well as a fully flat load floor and a safety cage protecting front seat occupants.

The Clubvan's price slots in just above the $25,100 Clubman Cooper S model (a standard Clubman starts at $21,400). It has a payload capacity of 1,102 pounds and will consume about 30.37 cubic-feet of stuff in its cargo area, which features six attachment loops and is fitted with 12-volt sockets. The Clubvan, of course, also features the Clubman's unique arrangement of five doors that includes a mini front-hinged door behind the front passenger's door, and two side-hinged vertical doors in the rear.


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      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      For the small business owner, I can understand the need for a business vehicle smaller than a Ford E-Series van, but this Mini Clubvan may be too small for most of those businesses as well. Just look at the featured photos of the fictitious dog grooming business and you'll see that there's barely enough room for the dog used in the photos; unless this dog groomer only accepts business from people with small to medium-sized dogs, a larger-sized dog like a Great Dane just wouldn't fit back there. Other than size, the relatively high price of the Clubvan, due to the "Chicken Tax", makes the business case for it a hard sell. Personally, if I owned a dog grooming business and needed a traveling work van, I would buy a Ford Transit Connect, because of its price/value and the fact a Great Dane would fit in the back.
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pricing makes no sense
        AronD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        Read the article, it has a massive tarriff on it.
      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unless you specialize in delivering medium pizzas, this thing is worthless. It is too small, to short, and way too expensive. There are so many other choices that would make better sall delivery platforms at almost half the price now that nobody in their right mind to even consider one of these.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scr
        It'll sell well in Europe - the market for which it's primarily intended - where other small vans carry similar price tags and where memories of the original Mini van remain. The US is not BMW's primary market for BMW, so if it's unsuccessful there, the company has little reason to worry.
      klunkerboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmm ...Wouldn't the more logical choice for a delivery van version be using the larger volume Countryman???
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @klunkerboy
        The Countryman is a five-door, so no. Traditionally, small car-derived commercial vans have been based on three-door estate or hatchback models - you know, models such as the Ford Fiesta & Escort, Opel Corsa & Astra/Kadett, VW Polo, Fiat Punto, Renault Clio, and most poignantly in this case, the old BMC Mini itself.
        LBJ's Love Child
        • 1 Year Ago
        @klunkerboy
        Since the Countryman appeared, MINI Clubman sales have hit the skids. This is an attempt to keep all those Oxford University A.B.D. grads employed... and squeeze a bit more life out this platform.
      stonedcars
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't get beyond the Mini's low and hard seats, and I've driven a few of these. Not impressed.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Azazel
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Other questions that were answered include whether or not the Clubvan can be ordered as a Cooper S or even John Cooper Works model, and the answer is no." Won't stop someone from making their own.
      A P
      • 1 Year Ago
      The MINI is such an unreliable piece of dog excrement here in the US......how could a company that needs reliable transportation buy one of these? Get a Transit Connect instead.
      Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why the heck is the "chicken tax" applied to a MINI? It's not a truck or a commercial van. It's a passenger car with blocked out rear windows. Does any imported vehicle that's marketed for commercial use, car, truck, or otherwise also face this tax? For example, if a Hyundai Elantra was imported with the rear windows blocked out, would that count as a commercial truck that then gets extra taxes levied on it? Absurd.
      • 1 Year Ago
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