2020 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. 2020 Jeep Renegade

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Safety

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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 Renegade doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Cooper Clubman and the Renegade 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 and available front parking sensors.

Warranty

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The Cooper Clubman comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Renegade’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Cooper Clubman’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Renegade’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. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Renegade.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Cooper Clubman’s reliability 20 points higher than the Renegade.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that MINI vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks MINI 13 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

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The Cooper Clubman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (189 vs. 177) than the Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. The Cooper Clubman S’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (189 vs. 180) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (206 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The JCW Clubman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 121 more horsepower (301 vs. 180) and 156 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Cooper Clubman

Renegade

FWD

n/a

22 city/30 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

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

26 city/34 hwy

24 city/32 hwy

1.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

n/a

21 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

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

23 city/32 hwy

23 city/29 hwy

1.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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

23 city/31 hwy

22 city/27 hwy

1.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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

Regardless of its engine, the Cooper Clubman’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Renegade 2.4-liter doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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The Cooper Clubman offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Renegade doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Cooper Clubman stops much shorter than the Renegade:

Cooper Clubman

Renegade

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cooper Clubman has larger tires than the Renegade (225/45R17 vs. 215/65R16).

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 Renegade’s standard 65 series tires. The Cooper Clubman’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Renegade Latitude/Limited’s optional 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 Renegade.

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 Renegade doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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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 Renegade’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cooper Clubman’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Renegade (105.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Cooper Clubman S handles at .87 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Cooper Clubman S ALL4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (26.5 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Cooper Clubman is 9.8 inches shorter in height than the Renegade, making the Cooper Clubman much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

For excellent aerodynamics, the Cooper Clubman has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

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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 Renegade’s liftover is 30.2 inches.

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 Renegade doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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The Cooper Clubman uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Renegade 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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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 Renegade doesn’t offer memory seats.

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 Renegade 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 Renegade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

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 Renegade can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Cooper Clubman has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Renegade doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Renegade Sport/Latitude’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 Renegade 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 Renegade doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Cooper Clubman has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Renegade only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

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 Renegade offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Cooper Clubman and the Renegade 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 Renegade doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Renegade doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cooper Clubman is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because it costs $27 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Cooper Clubman than the Renegade, including $39 less for a muffler, $104 less for front brake pads, $197 less for a starter and $126 less for front struts.

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