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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Jeep Renegade 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 Renegade has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Renegade Sport/Latitude/Limited’s optional 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 Renegade’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 Renegade’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.
Both the Renegade and the Cooper Clubman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 and rear parking sensors.
Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Renegade 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 19 times as many Jeep dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Renegade’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Renegade uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Cooper Clubman requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Renegade 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.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Renegade, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Cooper Clubman.
The Renegade stops much shorter than the Cooper Clubman:
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The Renegade offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Cooper Clubman, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.
The Renegade’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For better maneuverability, the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Cooper Clubman’s (35.3 feet vs. 37.1 feet). The Renegade’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Cooper Clubman’s (36.3 feet vs. 37.1 feet).
The Renegade has 7.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Clubman (100.1 vs. 92.5).
The Renegade has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.5 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Clubman.
The Renegade has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat up (18.5 vs. 17.5 cubic feet). The Renegade has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat folded (50.8 vs. 47.9 cubic feet).
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Renegade’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.
The Renegade 4x4 2.4 4 cyl. offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Cooper Clubman has no towing capacity.
The Renegade 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 Renegade’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 power windows.
The Renegade’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Cooper Clubman’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.
The Renegade’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.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Renegade 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 Renegade has standard extendable sun visors. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer extendable visors.
On extremely cold winter days, the Renegade’s optional (except Sport) 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 Renegade (except Sport) 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.
Insurance will cost less for the Renegade owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Renegade will cost $205 less than the Cooper Clubman over a five-year period.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Renegade is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Clubman because typical repairs cost much less on the Renegade than the Cooper Clubman, including $94 less for a water pump, $76 less for fuel injection, $199 less for a fuel pump, $266 less for a timing belt/chain and $901 less for a power steering pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Renegade will be $2250 to $11448 less than for the MINI Cooper Clubman.
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