2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Clubman

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The MINI Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Equinox’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Equinox Premier offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Cooper Clubman only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Equinox (except L/LS)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Equinox (except L/LS)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Equinox has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Equinox and the Cooper Clubman 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 and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Equinox the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cooper Clubman has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Equinox 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Clubman. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Clubman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 24 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Cooper Clubman isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 6th.

Engine

The Equinox has more powerful engines than the Cooper Clubman:

Horsepower

Torque

Equinox 1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

170 HP

203 lbs.-ft.

Equinox 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

252 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Clubman 1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

134 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Cooper Clubman S 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

189 HP

207 lbs.-ft.

JCW Clubman 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

228 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. is faster than the Cooper Clubman S (automatics tested):

Equinox

Clubman

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.1 MPH

90.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Equinox

FWD

Auto

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

AWD

Auto

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

Cooper Clubman

FWD

Auto

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

AWD

Manual

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

Auto

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Regardless of its engine, the Equinox’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) MINI only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Cooper Clubman Auto.

The Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Clubman (14.9 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Equinox AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Clubman (15.6 vs. 13.2 gallons).

The Equinox has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Chevrolet Equinox comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Cooper Clubman.

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4-cyl., for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Cooper Clubman.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Equinox 1.5T

Equinox 2.0T

Clubman

Clubman S

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

12.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

11.3 inches

11 inches

11 inches

The Equinox stops shorter than the Cooper Clubman:

Equinox

Clubman

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Equinox has larger standard tires than the Cooper Clubman (225/65R17 vs. 205/55R16). The Equinox Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Clubman (235/50R19 vs. 225/45R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Equinox has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Clubman.

The Equinox has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equinox’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Cooper Clubman (107.3 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

The Equinox’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the Cooper Clubman’s (57.8% to 42.2%). This gives the Equinox more stable handling and braking.

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Cooper Clubman pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Equinox uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Equinox has 10.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Clubman (103.2 vs. 92.5).

The Equinox has 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 5.6 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Clubman.

Cargo Capacity

The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat up (29.9 vs. 17.5 cubic feet). The Equinox has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat folded (63.9 vs. 47.9 cubic feet).

The Equinox’s cargo area is larger than the Cooper Clubman’s in every dimension:

Equinox

Cooper Clubman

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.9”/67.4”

28.9”/60.8”

Max Width

53.7”

n/a

Min Width

40.7”

40”

Height

31”

30”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Equinox LT/Premier’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Equinox’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Cooper Clubman’s two swing out doors impair rear visibility, need a lot of clearance, and can block loading in tight quarters.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Equinox (except L/LS) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the Equinox Premier, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a power cargo door, so its cargo door has to be closed manually.

Towing

The Equinox has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Cooper Clubman has no towing capacity. The Equinox offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Equinox offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Equinox’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Cooper Clubman has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

The Equinox’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. MINI does not offer a locking feature on the Cooper Clubman’s standard power windows.

The Equinox’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Cooper Clubman’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Equinox LS/LT/Premier’s available exterior keypad. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Keyless Access standard on the Equinox allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The MINI Cooper Clubman’s Start/Stop Switch doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Equinox has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Cooper Clubman only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Equinox has standard extendable sun visors. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Equinox with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Cooper Clubman’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Equinox and the Cooper Clubman offer available heated front seats. The Equinox Premier also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Cooper Clubman.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Equinox Premier keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Equinox Premier’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Equinox (except L/LS) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equinox will cost $10 to $2765 less than the Cooper Clubman over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Clubman because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the Cooper Clubman, including $103 less for a starter, $197 less for front struts and $546 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cooper Clubman isn’t in the top three in its category.

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