2020 MINI Cooper Clubman vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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Safety

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The Cooper Clubman offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Cooper Clubman and the Corolla Hatchback 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

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 Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback’s (12 vs. 5 years).

MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cooper Clubman for 1 year and 11000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the Corolla Hatchback (3/36,000 vs. 2/25000).

Engine

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The Cooper Clubman S’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (189 vs. 168) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (206 vs. 151) than the Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The JCW Clubman’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 133 more horsepower (301 vs. 168) and 180 lbs.-ft. more torque (331 vs. 151) than the Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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The MINI Cooper Clubman comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Corolla Hatchback.

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 more internally efficient than a CVT but just as easy to drive. The Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback:

Cooper Clubman

Corolla Hatchback

Front Rotors

12.1 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

10.5 inches

The Cooper Clubman stops much shorter than the Corolla Hatchback:

Cooper Clubman

Corolla Hatchback

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cooper Clubman has larger tires than the Corolla Hatchback (225/45R17 vs. 205/55R16).

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 Corolla Hatchback SE’s standard 55 series tires. The Cooper Clubman’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Corolla Hatchback XSE/Nightshade’s 40 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 Corolla Hatchback SE. The Cooper Clubman’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Corolla Hatchback XSE/Nightshade.

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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cooper Clubman’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Corolla Hatchback (105.1 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

The Cooper Clubman S ALL4 handles at .89 G’s, while the Corolla Hatchback SE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Cooper Clubman is 3.5 inches shorter than the Corolla Hatchback, 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 Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Cooper Clubman has 7.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla Hatchback (92.5 vs. 84.6).

The Cooper Clubman has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom and 4.4 inches more rear legroom than the Corolla Hatchback.

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

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 Corolla Hatchback’s 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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Cooper Clubman’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

The Cooper Clubman’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback because typical repairs cost less on the Cooper Clubman than the Corolla Hatchback, including $104 less for fuel injection.

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