2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Clubman

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X2’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 X2’s optional 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 X2’s optional 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 X2 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 X2 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 and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

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 X2’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the X2’s reliability 20 points higher than the Cooper Clubman.

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.

Engine

The X2 has more powerful engines than the Cooper Clubman:

 

Horsepower

Torque

X2 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

X2 M35i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

302 HP

322 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Clubman 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

134 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Clubman S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

189 HP

207 lbs.-ft.

JCW Clubman 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the MINI Cooper Clubman (automatics tested):

 

X2

Clubman

Clubman S

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.5 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

8 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.9 sec

14.9 sec

11.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.5 sec

26.6 sec

18.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 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

4.4 sec

5.6 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.3 sec

15.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

Regardless of its engine, the X2’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) MINI only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Cooper Clubman Auto.

The X2 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 X2 higher (7 out of 10) than the MINI Cooper Clubman (3 to 7). This means the X2 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cooper Clubman every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The BMW X2 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Cooper Clubman.

The X2’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 X2’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cooper Clubman:

 

X2

Cooper Clubman

Cooper Clubman S

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.6 inches

12.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11 inches

11 inches

The X2’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 X2 stops much shorter than the Cooper Clubman:

 

X2

Cooper Clubman

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the X2 has larger tires than the Cooper Clubman (225/50R18 vs. 205/55R16).

The X2’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 X2 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Clubman. The X2 M35i’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Cooper Clubman.

Suspension and Handling

The X2 xDrive28i handles at .91 G’s, while the Cooper Clubman pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Cooper Clubman (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the X2 xDrive28i is quieter than the Cooper Clubman:

 

X2

Cooper Clubman

At idle

37 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space

The X2 has .9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Clubman.

Cargo Capacity

The X2 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat up (21.6 vs. 17.5 cubic feet). The X2 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat folded (50.1 vs. 47.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X2’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the X2. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The X2’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 X2 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.

Ergonomics

The X2’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 X2’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 X2’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.

When the X2 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 X2’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 X2 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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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