2020 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. 2019 Mercedes GLA

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Safety

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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 Mercedes GLA has a metal gas tank.

Both the Cooper Clubman and the GLA 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, driver alert monitors and available front parking sensors.

Warranty

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The Cooper Clubman’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GLA’s (12 vs. 5 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. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLA.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Cooper Clubman has a standard 150-amp alternator. The GLA’s 115-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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that MINI vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks MINI 8 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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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 GLA 250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Cooper Clubman

GLA

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (189 HP)/7-spd. Auto

26 city/34 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (189 HP)/8-spd. Auto

23 city/32 hwy

23 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (301 HP)/8-spd. Auto

23 city/31 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Cooper Clubman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLA doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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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 GLA.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Cooper Clubman stops shorter than the GLA:

Cooper Clubman

GLA

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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 GLA 250’s standard 50 series tires. The Cooper Clubman’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the AMG GLA 45’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Cooper Clubman can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The GLA doesn’t offer run-flat 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 GLA; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cooper Clubman S handles at .87 G’s, while the GLA 250 4MATIC pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cooper Clubman S ALL4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GLA 250 4MATIC (26.5 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Cooper Clubman is 5.4 inches shorter than the GLA 250, 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 GLA doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Cooper Clubman has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more rear headroom and 7.2 inches more rear legroom than the GLA.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper Clubman’s available rear seats recline. The GLA’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cooper Clubman has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (17.5 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The Cooper Clubman has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (47.9 vs. 43.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Cooper Clubman easier. The Cooper Clubman’s trunk lift-over height is 27.2 inches, while the GLA’s liftover is 29.5 inches.

Servicing Ease

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The Cooper Clubman uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The GLA 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.

Ergonomics

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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 GLA doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 GLA’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Cooper Clubman to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The GLA doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 GLA doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Cooper Clubman detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cooper Clubman has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The GLA doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Cooper Clubman owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Cooper Clubman with a number “5” insurance rate while the GLA is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cooper Clubman is less expensive to operate than the GLA because typical repairs cost much less on the Cooper Clubman than the GLA, including $429 less for a water pump, $342 less for a muffler, $124 less for front brake pads, $194 less for a starter, $356 less for fuel injection, $77 less for front struts and $22 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 $7990 to $9112 less than for the Mercedes GLA.

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