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The Cooper Clubman has standard Park Distance Control to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Kona doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
Both the Cooper Clubman and the Kona 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.
The Cooper Clubman’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Kona’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. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Kona.
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 Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that MINI vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks MINI 1 place higher in reliability than Hyundai.
The Cooper Clubman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (189 vs. 147) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (206 vs. 132) than the Kona’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Cooper Clubman S’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (189 vs. 175) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (206 vs. 195) than the Kona Limited/Ultimate’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. The JCW Clubman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 126 more horsepower (301 vs. 175) and 136 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 195) than the Kona Limited/Ultimate’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.
Regenerative brakes improve the Cooper Clubman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Kona doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cooper Clubman Auto’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Kona doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop 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 Kona.
For better stopping power the Cooper Clubman’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Kona:
The Cooper Clubman stops much shorter than the Kona:
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For better traction, the Cooper Clubman has larger tires than the Kona (225/45R17 vs. 205/60R16).
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 Kona SE’s standard 60 series tires. The Cooper Clubman’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Kona Limited/Ultimate’s 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cooper Clubman has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Kona SE. The Cooper Clubman’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Kona Limited/Ultimate.
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 Kona doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
For superior ride and handling, the MINI Cooper Clubman has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kona 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
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 Kona’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cooper Clubman’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Kona (105.1 inches vs. 102.4 inches).
The Cooper Clubman S ALL4 handles at .89 G’s, while the Kona SE pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Cooper Clubman S ALL4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Kona SE (26.5 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).
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 Kona doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Cooper Clubman has .6 inches more front headroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the Kona.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper Clubman’s available rear seats recline. The Kona’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Cooper Clubman has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Kona with its rear seat folded (47.9 vs. 45.8 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 Kona 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 Kona 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.
When different drivers share the Cooper Clubman, the optional memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Kona doesn’t offer memory seats.
The Cooper Clubman’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Kona has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.
The Cooper Clubman’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Kona’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s rear windows don’t open automatically.
If the windows are left open on the Cooper Clubman the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Kona can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
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 Kona’s passenger power window and power mirror 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 Kona SE/SEL/Limited’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
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 Kona 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 Kona doesn’t offer headlight washers.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cooper Clubman has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Kona doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Cooper Clubman’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate.
The Cooper Clubman offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Kona offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
The Cooper Clubman’s optional dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Kona doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.
Both the Cooper Clubman and the Kona offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Cooper Clubman has standard rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Kona doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.
The Cooper Clubman’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Kona doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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 Kona is rated higher at a number “8” rate.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cooper Clubman is less expensive to operate than the Kona because typical repairs cost less on the Cooper Clubman than the Kona, including $129 less for a muffler.
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