2020 Hyundai Kona vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Clubman

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Kona are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The MINI Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Kona’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 Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s 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 Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s 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 Kona SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate has standard Blue Link, 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 Kona 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, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Kona its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cooper Clubman has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Kona comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Cooper Clubman’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Kona 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Clubman. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Clubman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kona’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Kona third among small 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 Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Kona Limited/Ultimate 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the MINI Cooper Clubman turbo 3 cyl. (automatics tested):

Kona

Cooper Clubman

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.3 sec

14.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19 sec

26.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

9.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.9 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.3 sec

Top Speed

135 MPH

124 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Kona

FWD

1.6 Turbo 4-cyl.

28 city/32 hwy

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

26 city/30 hwy

1.6 Turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/29 hwy

Cooper Clubman

FWD

Manual

1.5 Turbo 3-cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

S 2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

Auto

1.5 Turbo 3-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

S 2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

AWD

Manual

ALL4 1.5 Turbo 3-cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

ALL4 S 2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

Auto

ALL4 1.5 Turbo 3-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

ALL4 S 2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Transmission

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

The Kona offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer an SMG.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Kona Limited/Ultimate’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Clubman (235/45R18 vs. 225/45R17).

Suspension and Handling

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The Kona SEL 4x4 handles at .88 G’s, while the Cooper Clubman pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Kona’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Cooper Clubman’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Kona may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 200 pounds less than the MINI Cooper Clubman.

The Kona is 4.3 inches shorter than the Cooper Clubman, making the Kona easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Kona Ultimate 4x4 is quieter than the Cooper Clubman:

Kona

Cooper Clubman

At idle

34 dB

40 dB

70 MPH Cruising

70 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space

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The Kona has .1 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Clubman.

Cargo Capacity

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The Kona has a much larger cargo volume than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat up (19.2 vs. 17.5 cubic feet).

The Kona’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.

Ergonomics

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The Kona SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate has a standard 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 Kona’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. MINI does not offer a locking feature on the Cooper Clubman’s standard power windows.

The Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Cooper Clubman’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The Kona’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.

The Proximity Key standard on the Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate allows you to unlock the driver’s door, 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 Kona 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 Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate has standard extendable sun visors. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

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The Kona will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Kona will retain 49.26% to 49.87% of its original price after five years, while the Cooper Clubman only retains 41.56% to 50.8%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Kona is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Clubman because it costs $118 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Kona than the Cooper Clubman, including $42 less for a water pump, $73 less for front brake pads, $170 less for a starter, $64 less for fuel injection, $277 less for a fuel pump, $138 less for front struts, $349 less for a timing belt/chain and $652 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Kona will be $6512 to $15192 less than for the MINI Cooper Clubman.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® chose the Hyundai Kona as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Kona third among small 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.

The Kona was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The Cooper Clubman has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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