2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Clubman

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The MINI Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 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 QX30 Sport/Essential’s optional 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 QX30 (except Pure) 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 QX30’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 and moves the vehicle back into its lane. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The QX30 (except Pure) offers optional InTouch Services™, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, 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 QX30 and the Cooper Clubman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Cooper Clubman’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Clubman. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Clubman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 66 percent more Infiniti dealers than there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the QX30’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 QX30’s reliability 20 points higher than the Cooper Clubman.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 17th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 3 places higher in reliability than MINI.

Engine

The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 74 more horsepower (208 vs. 134) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 162) than the Cooper Clubman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 19 more horsepower (208 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 Infiniti QX30 is faster than the MINI Cooper Clubman turbo 3 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

QX30

Clubman

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.1 sec

26.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

9.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.7 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.3 sec

Top Speed

131 MPH

124 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Clubman S FWD Auto (24 city/33 hwy vs. 23 city/32 hwy).

The QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Clubman (14.8 vs. 13.2 gallons).

Transmission

The Infiniti QX30 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Cooper Clubman.

The QX30 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the QX30’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cooper Clubman:

 

QX30

Clubman

Clubman S

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

12.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.6 inches

11 inches

11 inches

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Cooper Clubman:

 

QX30

Clubman

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the QX30 has larger tires than the Cooper Clubman (235/50R18 vs. 205/55R16). The QX30’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Clubman (235/50R18 vs. 225/45R17).

The QX30’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 QX30 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Clubman.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX30’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Cooper Clubman (106.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The QX30 Sport handles at .88 G’s, while the Cooper Clubman pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Cooper Clubman (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the Cooper Clubman (69 vs. 73 dB).

Passenger Space

The QX30 has .1 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Clubman.

Cargo Capacity

The QX30 has a much larger cargo volume than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat up (19.2 vs. 17.5 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the QX30. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The QX30’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.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than MINI. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 27% lower rating, MINI is ranked 10th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat optional at extra cost in the Cooper Clubman, the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential’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 QX30’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 QX30’s front power windows 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 front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The QX30’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 Infiniti Intelligent Key standard on the QX30 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.

The Cooper Clubman’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The QX30 Sport/Essential’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

When the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential 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.

The QX30 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

The QX30 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX30 will retain 53.6% to 54.72% 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 QX30 is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Clubman because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the QX30 than the Cooper Clubman, including $33 less for front brake pads, $111 less for a starter, $113 less for a fuel pump, $60 less for front struts and $8 less for a timing belt/chain.

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