2020 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. 2020 Mazda 3

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Safety

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Both the Cooper Clubman and the Mazda 3 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 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 3’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 Mazda 3’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. Mazda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 3.

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 Mazda 3’s 130-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 Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The Cooper Clubman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (189 vs. 186) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (206 vs. 186) than the Mazda 3’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The JCW Clubman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 115 more horsepower (301 vs. 186) and 145 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 186) than the Mazda 3’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the Cooper Clubman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Mazda 3 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 Mazda 3 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop 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 six-speed automatic is available for the Mazda 3.

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 Mazda 3 doesn’t offer an SMG.

To help the driver achieve optimum performance and fuel economy, the Cooper Clubman has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift based on power needs and conditions. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Cooper Clubman’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mazda 3:

Cooper Clubman

Mazda 3

Mazda 3 AWD

Front Rotors

12.1 inches

11.02 inches

11.61 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

10.43 inches

10.43 inches

The Cooper Clubman stops much shorter than the Mazda 3:

Cooper Clubman

Mazda 3

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

117 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cooper Clubman has larger tires than the Mazda 3 (225/45R17 vs. 205/60R16). The Cooper Clubman’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mazda 3 (225/45R17 vs. 215/45R18).

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 Mazda 3 Sedan’s standard 60 series tires. The Cooper Clubman’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Mazda 3 Hatchback/Select/Preferred/Premium’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 Mazda 3 Sedan. The Cooper Clubman’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Mazda 3 Hatchback/Select/Preferred/Premium.

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 Mazda 3 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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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 Mazda 3 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 Mazda 3’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Cooper Clubman has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Cooper Clubman’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.5% to 40.5%) than the Mazda 3’s (60.8% to 39.2%). This gives the Cooper Clubman more stable handling and braking.

The Cooper Clubman S ALL4 handles at .89 G’s, while the Mazda 3 Premium Sedan pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Cooper Clubman is 7.1 inches shorter than the Mazda 3 Hatchback, making the Cooper Clubman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Cooper Clubman is 1 foot, 3 inches shorter than the Mazda 3 Sedan.

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 Mazda 3 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper Clubman’s available rear seats recline. The Mazda 3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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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 Mazda 3 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, 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 Mazda 3 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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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 Mazda 3 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Mazda 3 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 Mazda 3 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Cooper Clubman’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

Both the Cooper Clubman and the Mazda 3 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 Mazda 3 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 Mazda 3 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cooper Clubman is less expensive to operate than the Mazda 3 because typical repairs cost less on the Cooper Clubman than the Mazda 3, including $76 less for fuel injection.

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