2019 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. 2019 GMC Terrain

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Safety

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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 Terrain doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Cooper Clubman and the Terrain 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

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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 Terrain’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Cooper Clubman’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Terrain’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cooper Clubman for 1 year and 12000 miles longer than GMC pays for maintenance for the Terrain (3/36,000 vs. 2/24,000).

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC 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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 17th in reliability. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 18th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that MINI vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks MINI 16 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Clubman

FWD

Manual

S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

Auto

S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

AWD

Manual

1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

 

 

S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

 

 

JCW 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

 

Auto

1.5 turbo 3 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

S 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

 

JCW 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Terrain

FWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

Auto

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/28 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

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

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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The Cooper Clubman stops much shorter than the Terrain:

 

Clubman

Terrain

 

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

130 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 Terrain’s standard 65 series tires. The Cooper Clubman’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Terrain’s optional 50 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 Terrain doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cooper Clubman has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Cooper Clubman flat and controlled during cornering. The Terrain’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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

The Cooper Clubman S ALL4 handles at .89 G’s, while the Terrain Denali AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Cooper Clubman S ALL4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Terrain Denali AWD (26.5 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Cooper Clubman’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Terrain w/17” wheels’ (37.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Cooper Clubman’s turning circle is 4.5 feet tighter than the Terrain w/19” wheels’ (37.1 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

Chassis

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The MINI Cooper Clubman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 pounds less than the GMC Terrain.

The Cooper Clubman is 1 foot, 2 inches shorter than the Terrain, making the Cooper Clubman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Cooper Clubman is 8.7 inches shorter in height than the Terrain, making the Cooper Clubman much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

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The Cooper Clubman has .2 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more front legroom than the Terrain.

Servicing Ease

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The Cooper Clubman uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Terrain 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.

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 Terrain 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 Terrain can only close 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 Terrain’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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

The Cooper Clubman’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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 Terrain is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

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

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