2019 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. 2018 BMW X1

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Cooper Clubman and the X1 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 front parking sensors.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the JCW Clubman ALL4 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the X1 xDrive28i (23 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/31 hwy).

Transmission

The Cooper Clubman offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The X1 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The Cooper Clubman stops much shorter than the X1:

 

Clubman

X1

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

122 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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 X1’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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 X1’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Cooper Clubman S handles at .87 G’s, while the X1 xDrive28i pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The MINI Cooper Clubman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 450 pounds less than the BMW X1.

The Cooper Clubman is 7.1 inches shorter than the X1, 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 X1 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Cooper Clubman is quieter than the X1 xDrive28i:

 

Clubman

X1

Full-Throttle

71 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

70 dB

Cargo Capacity

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 X1’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Cooper Clubman to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X1 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Cooper Clubman offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X1 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 X1 doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cooper Clubman is less expensive to operate than the X1 because typical repairs cost much less on the Cooper Clubman than the X1, including $302 less for a water pump, $540 less for a muffler, $39 less for front brake pads, $156 less for a starter, $330 less for fuel injection, $43 less for a fuel pump, $67 less for front struts and $483 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the MINI Cooper Clubman will be $3378 to $5895 less than for the BMW X1.

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