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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 QX30 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Compared to metal, the Cooper Clubman’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX30 has a metal gas tank.
Both the Cooper Clubman and the QX30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available front parking sensors.
The Cooper Clubman’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the QX30’s (12 vs. 7 years).
MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cooper Clubman for 3 years and 36,000 miles. MINI will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX30.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Cooper Clubman has a standard 150-amp alternator. The QX30’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that MINI vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.
The JCW Clubman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 93 more horsepower (301 vs. 208) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the Cooper Clubman gets better fuel mileage than the QX30:
2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (189 HP)/7-spd. Auto
26 city/34 hwy
24 city/33 hwy
2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto
2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (189 HP)/8-spd. Auto
23 city/32 hwy
21 city/30 hwy
2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto
2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (301 HP)/8-spd. Auto
23 city/31 hwy
Regenerative brakes improve the Cooper Clubman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The QX30 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
An eight-speed automatic is available on the MINI Cooper Clubman, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the QX30.
The Cooper Clubman’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX30’s standard 50 series tires. The Cooper Clubman’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the QX30’s optional 45 series tires.
The Cooper Clubman offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the QX30; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.
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 QX30’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Cooper Clubman S handles at .87 G’s, while the QX30 Essential AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Cooper Clubman is 5.7 inches shorter than the QX30, making the Cooper Clubman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front grille of the Cooper Clubman uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The QX30 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Cooper Clubman has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (92.5 vs. 88.8).
The Cooper Clubman has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear legroom than the QX30.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper Clubman’s available rear seats recline. The QX30’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Cooper Clubman has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (47.9 vs. 34 cubic feet).
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Cooper Clubman’s available cargo door can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The QX30 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Cooper Clubman uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The QX30 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.
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 QX30 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Cooper Clubman’s front and rear power windows all lower 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 QX30’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.
The Cooper Clubman’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The QX30’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
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 QX30’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
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 QX30 doesn’t offer headlight washers.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the MINI Cooper Clubman offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The QX30 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Cooper Clubman will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Cooper Clubman will retain 41.56% to 50.8% of its original price after five years, while the QX30 only retains 36.01% to 36.87%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cooper Clubman is less expensive to operate than the QX30 because typical repairs cost much less on the Cooper Clubman than the QX30, including $278 less for a water pump, $192 less for a muffler, $170 less for fuel injection and $258 less for a power steering pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the MINI Cooper Clubman will be $3557 to $7296 less than for the Infiniti QX30.
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