2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Clubman

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda CR-V 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 CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’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 CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’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 CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’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 CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 CR-V 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, crash mitigating brakes and driver alert monitors.

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 available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cooper Clubman has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the CR-V 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 over 8 times as many Honda dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’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 CR-V’s reliability 29 points higher than the Cooper Clubman.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact 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 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 17th.

Engine

The CR-V has more powerful engines than the Cooper Clubman:

 

Horsepower

Torque

CR-V LX 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

184 HP

180 lbs.-ft.

CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

190 HP

179 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.

As tested in Car and Driver the CR-V 1.5T is faster than the MINI Cooper Clubman turbo 3 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

CR-V

Clubman

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.9 sec

14.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.5 sec

26.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.1 sec

9.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4.2 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.3 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Clubman:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

FWD

Auto

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Clubman

FWD

Manual

1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

 

S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

Auto

1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

 

 

S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

AWD

Manual

1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

 

 

S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

 

 

JCW 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

 

Auto

1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

 

JCW 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Honda CR-V comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Cooper Clubman.

The CR-V 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 CR-V stops shorter than the Cooper Clubman:

 

CR-V

Cooper Clubman

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Cooper Clubman (235/65R17 vs. 205/55R16). The CR-V LX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Clubman (235/65R17 vs. 225/45R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Clubman.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Clubman.

Chassis

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Cooper Clubman (69 vs. 73 dB).

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 13.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Clubman (105.9 vs. 92.5).

The CR-V has 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 6.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Clubman.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 17.5 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 47.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Cooper Clubman’s liftover is 27.2 inches.

The CR-V’s cargo area is larger than the Cooper Clubman’s in every dimension:

 

CR-V

Cooper Clubman

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

28.9”/60.8”

Max Width

54”

n/a

Min Width

41.5”

40”

Height

41”

30”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’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 CR-V. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The CR-V’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 CR-V EX-L/Touring has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the CR-V Touring, 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.

Towing

The CR-V has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Cooper Clubman has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring 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 CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The CR-V’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 standard power windows.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Cooper Clubman’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The CR-V’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 Smart Entry standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring 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 CR-V 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 CR-V has standard extendable sun visors. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CR-V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CR-V will cost $135 to $2695 less than the Cooper Clubman over a five-year period.

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 48.39% to 49.83% of its original price after five years, while the Cooper Clubman only retains 45.27% to 48.01%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Clubman because it costs $414 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Cooper Clubman, including $211 less for a water pump, $96 less for a muffler, $54 less for front brake pads, $91 less for a fuel pump, $124 less for front struts, $391 less for a timing belt/chain and $581 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $3238 to $7225 less than for the MINI Cooper Clubman.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Cooper Clubman

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Cooper Clubman has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Cooper Clubman has never been chosen.

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