2018 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. 2018 Toyota C-HR

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Cooper Clubman offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Cooper Clubman and the C-HR have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available crash mitigating brakes.

Warranty

The Cooper Clubman comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The C-HR’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Cooper Clubman’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the C-HR’s (12 vs. 5 years).

MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cooper Clubman for 1 year and 11000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the C-HR (3/36,000 vs. 2/25000).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that MINI vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 13th.

Engine

The Cooper Clubman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. produces 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (162 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Cooper Clubman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 45 more horsepower (189 vs. 144) and 68 lbs.-ft. more torque (207 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The JCW Clubman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 84 more horsepower (228 vs. 144) and 119 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the MINI Cooper Clubman is faster than the Toyota C-HR (automatics tested):

 

Clubman

Clubman S

C-HR

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

6.6 sec

11 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

26.6 sec

18.3 sec

33.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.2 sec

7.1 sec

11.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

15.2 sec

18.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

92 MPH

79 MPH

Top Speed

124 MPH

n/a

115 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the Cooper Clubman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The C-HR doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cooper Clubman Auto’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The C-HR doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Cooper Clubman S’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the C-HR:

 

Clubman S

C-HR

Front Rotors

12.1 inches

11.75 inches

The Cooper Clubman stops much shorter than the C-HR:

 

Clubman

C-HR

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Cooper Clubman’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the C-HR’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cooper Clubman offers optional 19-inch wheels. The C-HR’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Cooper Clubman can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The C-HR doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Cooper Clubman offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The C-HR’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cooper Clubman’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the C-HR (105.1 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

The Cooper Clubman S handles at .87 G’s, while the C-HR XLE Premium pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cooper Clubman S ALL4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the C-HR XLE (26.5 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Cooper Clubman uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The C-HR doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Cooper Clubman has 8.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (92.5 vs. 83.8).

The Cooper Clubman has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 5.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-HR.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper Clubman’s available rear seats recline. The C-HR’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Cooper Clubman has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (47.9 vs. 36.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Cooper Clubman easier. The Cooper Clubman’s trunk lift-over height is 27.2 inches, while the C-HR’s liftover is 31 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waving your foot can open the Cooper Clubman’s available cargo door, leaving your hands completely free. The C-HR doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

The Cooper Clubman uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The C-HR uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

A Service Interval Indicator is standard on the Cooper Clubman to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes and brake pad replacement, vehicle inspection based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the C-HR.

Ergonomics

When different drivers share the Cooper Clubman, the optional memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The C-HR doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Cooper Clubman offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The C-HR doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Cooper Clubman’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The C-HR’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Cooper Clubman to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The C-HR doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Cooper Clubman offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The C-HR doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cooper Clubman offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The C-HR doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To better shield the driver’s vision, the Cooper Clubman has a standard dual-element sun visor that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The C-HR doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

The Cooper Clubman offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The C-HR has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Cooper Clubman has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Cooper Clubman and the C-HR offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Cooper Clubman has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The C-HR doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address in the USA with audible turn-by-turn directions, a GPS navigation system is available on the Cooper Clubman. The Cooper Clubman’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The C-HR doesn’t offer a navigation system.

The Cooper Clubman’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The C-HR doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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