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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Kona are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The MINI Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The Kona’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Kona SEL/Night/Limited/Ultimate’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the Kona SEL/Night/Limited/Ultimate’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Kona and the Cooper Clubman 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, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and rear parking sensors.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Kona the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cooper Clubman has not been tested, yet.
The Kona comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Cooper Clubman’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Kona 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Clubman. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Clubman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 7 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kona’s warranty.
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 Kona’s reliability 20 points higher than the Cooper Clubman.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 16th, below the industry average.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 4 places higher in reliability than MINI.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Kona uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Cooper Clubman requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Hyundai Kona comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Cooper Clubman.
The Kona stops shorter than the Cooper Clubman:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Clubman (235/45R18 vs. 225/45R17).
The Kona SEL 4x4 handles at .88 G’s, while the Cooper Clubman pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
For better maneuverability, the Kona’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Cooper Clubman’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.1 feet).
The Hyundai Kona may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 400 pounds less than the MINI Cooper Clubman.
The Kona is 4.5 inches shorter than the Cooper Clubman, making the Kona easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Kona has .1 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Clubman.
The Kona has a much larger cargo volume than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat up (19.2 vs. 17.5 cubic feet).
The Kona’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Cooper Clubman’s two swing out doors impair rear visibility, need a lot of clearance, and can block loading in tight quarters.
The Kona SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Kona’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. MINI does not offer a locking feature on the Cooper Clubman’s standard power windows.
The Kona SEL/Night/Limited/Ultimate’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Cooper Clubman’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.
The Kona’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Cooper Clubman’s available power window controls are down in the center of the dashboard, away from the windows and mixed with controls for unrelated features.
The Proximity Key standard on the Kona SEL/Night/Limited/Ultimate allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The MINI Cooper Clubman’s Comfort Access doesn’t unlock the trunk.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Kona has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Cooper Clubman only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
The Cooper Clubman’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Kona SEL/Night/Limited/Ultimate has standard extendable sun visors. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Insurance will cost less for the Kona owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Kona will cost $1410 to $3575 less than the Cooper Clubman over a five-year period.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Kona is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Clubman because it costs $118 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Kona than the Cooper Clubman, including $43 less for a water pump, $81 less for front brake pads, $172 less for a starter, $64 less for fuel injection, $280 less for a fuel pump, $130 less for front struts, $353 less for a timing belt/chain and $658 less for a power steering pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Kona will be $8222 to $9149 less than for the MINI Cooper Clubman.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Kona, based on reliability, safety and performance.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Kona third among small suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cooper Clubman isn’t in the top three in its category.
The Kona was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The Cooper Clubman has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.
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