2019 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. 2018 Toyota Rav4

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Compared to metal, the Cooper Clubman’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Rav4 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Cooper Clubman and the Rav4 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, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and front parking sensors.

Warranty

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The Cooper Clubman comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rav4’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Cooper Clubman’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Rav4’s (12 vs. 5 years).

MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cooper Clubman for 1 year and 11000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the Rav4 (3/36,000 vs. 2/25000).

Reliability

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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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Cooper Clubman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (189 vs. 176) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (207 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The JCW Clubman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 52 more horsepower (228 vs. 176) and 86 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the MINI Cooper Clubman is faster than the Toyota Rav4 (automatics tested):

 

Clubman

Clubman S

Rav4

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.5 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

6.6 sec

8.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

26.6 sec

18.3 sec

27 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4.3 sec

3.7 sec

4.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.6 sec

4.8 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

15.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

92 MPH

84 MPH

Top Speed

124 MPH

n/a

108 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cooper Clubman gets better fuel mileage than the Rav4:

 

 

Clubman

Rav4

 

FWD

Base/Manual

24 city/33 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

4 cyl. LE/XLE/Adventure

 

S/Manual

22 city/31 hwy

23 city/29 hwy

4 cyl./Auto SE/Limited/Platinum

 

Base/Auto

24 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

S/Auto

23 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

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

22 city/28 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

S/Auto

22 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

 

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 Rav4 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 Rav4 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 Rav4 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 Rav4.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Cooper Clubman’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

 

Clubman

Clubman S

Rav4 LE

Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum

Front Rotors

11.6 inches

12.1 inches

10.8 inches

11.7 inches

The Cooper Clubman stops much shorter than the Rav4:

 

Clubman

Rav4

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Cooper Clubman’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 LE/XLE’s standard 65 series tires. The Cooper Clubman’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Rav4 SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cooper Clubman offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Rav4’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 Rav4 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 Rav4’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Cooper Clubman has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Cooper Clubman S handles at .87 G’s, while the Rav4 SE 4WD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cooper Clubman S ALL4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Rav4 XLE (26.5 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis

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The MINI Cooper Clubman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 350 pounds less than the Toyota Rav4.

The Cooper Clubman is 1 foot, 3.2 inches shorter than the Rav4, making the Cooper Clubman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Cooper Clubman is 9.2 inches shorter in height than the Rav4, making the Cooper Clubman much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

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 Rav4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Cooper Clubman is quieter than the Rav4 SE 4WD:

 

Cooper Clubman

Rav4

Full-Throttle

71 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

68 dB

Servicing Ease

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The Cooper Clubman uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Rav4 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The Cooper Clubman has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Rav4 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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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 Rav4 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Cooper Clubman’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rav4’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

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 Rav4 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Cooper Clubman’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Rav4 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 Rav4 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cooper Clubman offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Rav4 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 Rav4 doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

The Cooper Clubman’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota only offers heated mirrors on the Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure.

The Cooper Clubman’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Rav4’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 Rav4 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Cooper Clubman and the Rav4 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Cooper Clubman has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Rav4 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Rav4 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 Rav4 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 Rav4 because it costs $45 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cooper Clubman than the Rav4, including $79 less for fuel injection and $265 less for a timing belt/chain.

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 Rav4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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