2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Clubman

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mazda CX-3 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 CX-3 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The CX-3’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 CX-3’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 CX-3’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 CX-3 has standard E911 Automatic Emergency Notification, 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 CX-3 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 available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-3 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

Mazda’s powertrain warranty covers the CX-3 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 5 times as many Mazda dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CX-3’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 14th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 17th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. MINI is ranked 9th.

Engine

The CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (148 vs. 134) than the Cooper Clubman’s standard 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

2WD

Auto

CX-3 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/34 hwy

AWD

Auto

CX-3 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/32 hwy

2WD

Manual

Clubman 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

 

S Clubman 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

Auto

Clubman 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

 

 

S Clubman 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

AWD

Manual

Clubman 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

 

 

S Clubman 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

 

 

JCW Clubman 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

 

Auto

Clubman 1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

S Clubman 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

 

JCW Clubman 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Transmission

The Mazda CX-3 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Cooper Clubman.

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-3 stops shorter than the Cooper Clubman:

 

CX-3

Cooper Clubman

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CX-3 has larger tires than the Cooper Clubman (215/60R16 vs. 205/55R16).

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the CX-3’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Cooper Clubman’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.1 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda CX-3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 550 pounds less than the MINI Cooper Clubman.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CX-3 Touring AWD is quieter than the Cooper Clubman (39 vs. 40 dB).

Passenger Space

The CX-3 has .3 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear legroom than the Cooper Clubman.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-3’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.

Ergonomics

The CX-3 offers a 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 CX-3’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 CX-3’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 improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CX-3 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.

The Cooper Clubman’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The CX-3 Grand Touring’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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CX-3 has standard extendable sun visors. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold winter days, the CX-3 Grand Touring’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.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CX-3 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CX-3 will cost $180 to $2515 less than the Cooper Clubman over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-3 is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Clubman because it costs $144 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-3 than the Cooper Clubman, including $221 less for a water pump, $101 less for a muffler, $22 less for front brake pads, $178 less for a starter, $255 less for a fuel pump, $132 less for front struts, $390 less for a timing belt/chain and $617 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mazda CX-3 will be $4817 to $10088 less than for the MINI Cooper Clubman.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Mazda CX-3, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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