2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Clubman

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Kia Sportage 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 Sportage’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 Sportage’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 Sportage’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 Sportage 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 front and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cooper Clubman has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Sportage 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.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sportage 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 over 6 times as many Kia dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sportage’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first 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 Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 4 places higher in reliability than MINI.

Engine

The Sportage has more powerful engines than the Cooper Clubman:

Horsepower

Torque

Sportage 2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

181 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Sportage SX Turbo AWD 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

237 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Sportage SX Turbo FWD 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

240 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 Car and Driver the Sportage SX Turbo is faster than the MINI Cooper Clubman turbo (base engine) (automatics tested):

Sportage

Clubman

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.9 sec

26.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.5 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.3 sec

Top Speed

130 MPH

124 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Sportage has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Clubman (16.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

Sportage LX/S/EX

Sportage SX Turbo

Clubman

Cooper Clubman S

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

12.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

11 inches

11 inches

The Sportage stops shorter than the Cooper Clubman:

Sportage

Clubman

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sportage has larger standard tires than the Cooper Clubman (225/60R17 vs. 205/55R16). The Sportage SX Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Clubman (245/45R19 vs. 225/45R17).

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

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sportage is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Clubman.

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

Passenger Space

The Sportage has 6.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Clubman (98.6 vs. 92.5).

The Sportage has .1 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Clubman.

Cargo Capacity

The Sportage has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat up (30.7 vs. 17.5 cubic feet). The Sportage has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat folded (60.1 vs. 47.9 cubic feet).

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

Sportage

Cooper Clubman

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.4”/68.2”

28.9”/60.8”

Max Width

52.3”

n/a

Min Width

41”

40”

Height

29.5”

30”

The Sportage’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 Sportage EX/SX Turbo has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Towing

The Sportage has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Cooper Clubman has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Sportage 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 Sportage’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 Sportage’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 Smart Key standard on the Sportage (except LX) 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 Sportage 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 Sportage has standard extendable sun visors. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Sportage (except S/LX) 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 Sportage’s optional (except S/LX) 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.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Sportage owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sportage will cost $110 to $2705 less than the Cooper Clubman over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sportage is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Clubman because typical repairs cost much less on the Sportage than the Cooper Clubman, including $123 less for a water pump, $42 less for front brake pads, $331 less for a starter, $267 less for a fuel pump, $117 less for front struts and $286 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia Sportage will be $2483 to $3811 less than for the MINI Cooper Clubman.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Sportage, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage 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.

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