2020 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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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 Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Cooper Clubman has standard Assist eCall, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Cooper Clubman and the Outlander Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, 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’s corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the Outlander Sport’s (12/unlimited vs. 7/100,000).

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. Mitsubishi doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Outlander Sport.

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 Outlander Sport’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that MINI vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 23rd in initial quality. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 30th.

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 Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks MINI 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.

Engine

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The Cooper Clubman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 41 more horsepower (189 vs. 148) and 61 lbs.-ft. more torque (206 vs. 145) than the Outlander Sport ES/SP/SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Cooper Clubman S’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (189 vs. 168) and 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (206 vs. 167) than the Outlander Sport GT’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The JCW Clubman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 133 more horsepower (301 vs. 168) and 164 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 167) than the Outlander Sport GT’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 Outlander Sport:

Cooper Clubman

Outlander Sport

FWD

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

26 city/34 hwy

24 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

23 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

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

23 city/32 hwy

23 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

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

23 city/31 hwy

23 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Cooper Clubman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Cooper Clubman’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander Sport:

Cooper Clubman

Outlander Sport

Front Rotors

12.1 inches

11.6 inches

The Cooper Clubman stops much shorter than the Outlander Sport:

Cooper Clubman

Outlander Sport

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

125 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 Outlander Sport’s standard 55 series tires. The Cooper Clubman’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Outlander Sport’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cooper Clubman offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Outlander Sport’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport’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 Outlander Sport doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Cooper Clubman S handles at .87 G’s, while the Outlander Sport SE 4WD pulls only .80 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 Outlander Sport SE 4WD (26.5 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Cooper Clubman is 3.4 inches shorter than the Outlander Sport, making the Cooper Clubman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Cooper Clubman is 8.1 inches shorter in height than the Outlander Sport, making the Cooper Clubman much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

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 Outlander Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Cooper Clubman has .8 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Outlander Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper Clubman’s available rear seats recline. The Outlander Sport’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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Cooper Clubman’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Outlander Sport 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 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 Outlander Sport’s passenger 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 Outlander Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Outlander Sport ES/SP’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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/GT.

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

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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

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

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Cooper Clubman offers an optional Active Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Cooper Clubman’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport because typical repairs cost less on the Cooper Clubman than the Outlander Sport, including $57 less for a water pump, $148 less for fuel injection and $113 less for a fuel pump.

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