2018 Nissan Rogue vs. 2018 MINI Cooper Clubman

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Rogue are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The MINI Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Rogue SL’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Rogue (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Cooper Clubman only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Rogue’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Rogue’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Rogue SL has standard NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Rogue and the Cooper Clubman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all-wheel drive.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cooper Clubman has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Rogue 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Clubman. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Clubman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 9 times as many Nissan dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 12th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 17th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 1 place higher in reliability than MINI.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Clubman:

 

 

Rogue

Cooper Clubman

 

FWD

 

n/a

24 city/34 hwy

1.5 3 cyl./Manual

 

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

33 city/35 hwy

24 city/32 hwy

1.5 3 cyl./Auto

AWD

 

n/a

22 city/32 hwy

1.5 3 cyl./Manual

 

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

31 city/34 hwy

23 city/31 hwy

1.5 3 cyl./Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Clubman:

 

 

Rogue

Cooper Clubman

 

FWD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/33 hwy

24 city/32 hwy

1.5 3 cyl./Manual

 

 

n/a

23 city/32 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

 

n/a

22 city/32 hwy

1.5 3 cyl./Manual

 

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

23 city/31 hwy

1.5 3 cyl./Auto

The Rogue has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Clubman (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Nissan Rogue comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Cooper Clubman.

The Rogue has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rogue’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cooper Clubman are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops shorter than the Cooper Clubman:

 

Rogue

Cooper Clubman

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rogue has larger tires than the Cooper Clubman (225/65R17 vs. 205/55R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue S/SV/Hybrid has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Clubman.

The Rogue has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Cooper Clubman (106.5 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Clubman.

Passenger Space

The Rogue has 13.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Clubman (105.8 vs. 92.5).

The Rogue has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Clubman.

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 17.5 cubic feet). The Rogue has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat folded (70 vs. 47.9 cubic feet).

The Rogue’s cargo area is larger than the Cooper Clubman’s in every dimension:

 

Rogue

Cooper Clubman

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.5”/68.5”

28.9”/60.8”

Min Width

44”

40”

The Rogue’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Cooper Clubman’s two swing out doors impair rear visibility, need a lot of clearance, and can block loading in tight quarters.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Rogue SV/SL has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by waving your foot, completely leaving your hands free. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a power cargo door, so its cargo door has to be closed manually.

Towing

The Rogue has a 1102 lbs. towing capacity. The Cooper Clubman has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Rogue SV/SL has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Rogue’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. MINI does not offer a locking feature on the Cooper Clubman’s power windows.

The Rogue’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Cooper Clubman’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Rogue SV/SL allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The MINI Cooper Clubman’s Start/Stop Switch doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Rogue has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Cooper Clubman only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Rogue has standard extendable sun visors. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold winter days, the Rogue’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Rogue owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Rogue will cost $395 less than the Cooper Clubman over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Clubman because it costs $108 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Rogue than the Cooper Clubman, including $50 less for front brake pads, $175 less for a starter and $160 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Rogue will be $73 to $2180 less than for the MINI Cooper Clubman.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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