2019 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. 2018 Audi Q3

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Safety

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The Cooper Clubman offers optional City Safety, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Q3 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Cooper Clubman’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Cooper Clubman and the Q3 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 front parking sensors.

Warranty

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MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cooper Clubman for 3 years and 36,000 miles. MINI will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Q3.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Cooper Clubman has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Q3’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that MINI vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The JCW Clubman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (228 vs. 200) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 207) than the Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Cooper Clubman S is faster than the Audi Q3 (automatics tested):

 

Clubman

Q3

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.2 sec

13.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.3 sec

21.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.1 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.7 sec

4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.8 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cooper Clubman gets better fuel mileage than the Q3:

 

 

Clubman

Q3

 

FWD

Base/Manual

24 city/33 hwy

n/a

 

 

S/Manual

22 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

 

Base/Auto

24 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

S/Auto

23 city/32 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.0T/Auto

4WD

Base/Manual

22 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

S/Manual

21 city/30 hwy

n/a

 

 

JCW/Manual

21 city/30 hwy

n/a

 

 

Base/Auto

23 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

 

S/Auto

22 city/31 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.0T/Auto

 

JCW/Auto

23 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

Regenerative brakes improve the Cooper Clubman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Q3 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cooper Clubman Auto’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Q3 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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The Cooper Clubman offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Q3 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

An eight-speed automatic is available on the MINI Cooper Clubman, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Q3.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Cooper Clubman stops much shorter than the Q3:

 

Clubman

Q3

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

174 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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The Cooper Clubman’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q3’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Cooper Clubman can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Q3 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cooper Clubman offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Q3’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cooper Clubman’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Q3 (105.1 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

The Cooper Clubman S handles at .87 G’s, while the Q3 Prestige Quattro pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Cooper Clubman’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Q3’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The MINI Cooper Clubman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Audi Q3.

The Cooper Clubman is 4.5 inches shorter than the Q3, making the Cooper Clubman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Cooper Clubman uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q3 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Cooper Clubman is quieter than the Q3 Prestige Quattro:

 

Cooper Clubman

Q3

Full-Throttle

71 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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The Cooper Clubman has 3.2 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more rear headroom and 3.2 inches more rear legroom than the Q3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper Clubman’s available rear seats recline. The Q3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cooper Clubman has a larger cargo area than the Q3 with its rear seat up (17.5 vs. 16.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Cooper Clubman easier. The Cooper Clubman’s trunk lift-over height is 27.2 inches, while the Q3’s liftover is 29.8 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waving your foot can open the Cooper Clubman’s available cargo door, leaving your hands completely free. The Q3 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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The Cooper Clubman has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Q3 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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When different drivers share the Cooper Clubman, the optional memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Q3 doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Cooper Clubman offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q3 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the Cooper Clubman the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Q3 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Cooper Clubman detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q3 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cooper Clubman offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Q3 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To better shield the driver’s vision, the Cooper Clubman has a standard dual-element sun visor that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Q3 doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

The Cooper Clubman offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Q3 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Cooper Clubman offers an optional Active Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Q3 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Cooper Clubman’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q3 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Cooper Clubman owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Cooper Clubman with a number “5” insurance rate while the Q3 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cooper Clubman is less expensive to operate than the Q3 because it costs $54 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cooper Clubman than the Q3, including $173 less for a water pump, $163 less for a starter, $187 less for fuel injection and $302 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the MINI Cooper Clubman will be $4393 to $6877 less than for the Audi Q3.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Cooper Clubman first among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q3 was rated third in its category.

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