2019 BMW X1 vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Clubman

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The X1’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The X1 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, 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 X1 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cooper Clubman has not been tested, yet.


There are almost 3 times as many BMW dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Cooper Clubman isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 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 BMW vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 17th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 1 place higher in reliability than MINI.


The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 94 more horsepower (228 vs. 134) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 162) than the Cooper Clubman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 39 more horsepower (228 vs. 189) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 207) than the Cooper Clubman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW X1 is faster than the MINI Cooper Clubman (automatics tested):




Clubman S

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.5 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

8 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

26.6 sec

18.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.3 sec

9.2 sec

7.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

4.3 sec

3.7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.6 sec

5.6 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.3 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

93 MPH

92 MPH

Top Speed

129 MPH

124 MPH


Fuel Economy and Range

The X1 has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Clubman (16.1 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW X1 higher (7 out of 10) than the MINI Cooper Clubman (3 to 7). This means the X1 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cooper Clubman every 15,000 miles.


The BMW X1 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Cooper Clubman.

The X1’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the X1’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cooper Clubman:




Clubman S

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.6 inches

12.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11 inches

11 inches

The X1’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 X1 stops shorter than the Cooper Clubman:





60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the X1 has larger tires than the Cooper Clubman (225/50R18 vs. 205/55R16).

The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper Clubman’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X1 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Clubman.

Suspension and Handling

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the Cooper Clubman pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.


As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X1 xDrive28i is quieter than the Cooper Clubman:




At idle

40 dB

40 dB


75 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

70 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space

The X1 has 8.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Clubman (101.2 vs. 92.5).

The X1 has 1.7 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Clubman.

Cargo Capacity

The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 17.5 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 47.9 cubic feet).

The X1’s cargo area is larger than the Cooper Clubman’s in almost every dimension:



Cooper Clubman

Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the X1. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The X1’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 X1 has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a power cargo door, so its cargo door has to be closed manually.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than MINI. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 8% lower rating, MINI is ranked 10th.


The X1’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. MINI does not offer a locking feature on the Cooper Clubman’s standard power windows.

The X1’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Cooper Clubman’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The X1’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.

To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the X1 has a standard extendable sun visor. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the X1 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Cooper Clubman’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold winter days, the X1’s optional 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.

The X1 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Cooper Clubman.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X1 with a number “3” insurance rate while the Cooper Clubman is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

The X1 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X1 will retain 48.72% to 48.91% of its original price after five years, while the Cooper Clubman only retains 45.27% to 48.01%.


The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 3 years. The Cooper Clubman has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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