Well I went from a convertible S auto to a diesel auto clubman. It's a little slower (but the sports button helps with traffic light races), rumbles a little and feels more grown up more BMW.
Don't have any kids so I am not finding any major issues with the clubdoor yet, love the mood lighting, speedo and combined computer audio display and being able to steer my ipod. It has a boot which is still a novelty, and the rear doors are a constant source of amusement.
I don't miss the old car but i'm glad I owned it. The ride quality of the Clubman is so much better (non sports suspension) but not as chuckable definatley a bit of body roll if not over steer when cornering hard due to the longer wheelbase.
Squeezing 50 mpg on the motorway and 36 mpg in town on a commuter run compared to 35/22 before so it should pay for the changeover at the end of three years. I don't think I would swap it for a convertible at the moment so I must like it rather a lot!
MINI Me III Mini Dooper Clubman auto 2008-2012 RIP :