2019 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. 2019 Acura RDX

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 RDX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Cooper Clubman and the RDX 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.

Warranty

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

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. Acura doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the RDX.

Reliability

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 Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that MINI vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 17th in reliability. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Clubman

RDX

 

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

22 city/28 hwy

2.0T/Auto

 

 

n/a

22 city/27 hwy

2.0T/Auto A-Spec

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

21 city/27 hwy

2.0T/Auto

 

JCW/Auto

23 city/31 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0T/Auto A-Spec

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

Transmission

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

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 RDX A-Spec’s 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 RDX doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Cooper Clubman’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the RDX’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.9 feet).

Chassis

The MINI Cooper Clubman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 700 pounds less than the Acura RDX.

The Cooper Clubman is 1 foot, 6.5 inches shorter than the RDX, making the Cooper Clubman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Cooper Clubman is 9 inches shorter in height than the RDX, 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 RDX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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

Ergonomics

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 RDX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 RDX 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 RDX 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 RDX 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 RDX doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

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 RDX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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 RDX 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 RDX because typical repairs cost less on the Cooper Clubman than the RDX, including $18 less for a muffler, $182 less for front brake pads, $53 less for fuel injection and $32 less for a power steering pump.

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