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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Tucson 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 Tucson has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Tucson’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 Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Cooper Clubman only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/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 Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/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 Tucson 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and daytime running lights.
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, with its optional 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 Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among compact SUVs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Cooper Clubman isn’t in the top three in its category.
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 Tucson uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Cooper Clubman requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Tucson has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Clubman (16.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Tucson higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the MINI Cooper Clubman (3 to 7). This means the Tucson produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cooper Clubman every 15,000 miles.
The Hyundai Tucson comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Cooper Clubman.
The Tucson stops shorter than the Cooper Clubman:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Clubman (245/45R19 vs. 225/45R17).
The Tucson’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58% to 42%) than the Cooper Clubman’s (59.5% to 40.5%). This gives the Tucson more stable handling and braking.
For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Cooper Clubman’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.1 feet).
The Tucson has 9.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Clubman (102.2 vs. 92.5).
The Tucson has .1 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Clubman.
The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat up (31 vs. 17.5 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 47.9 cubic feet).
The Tucson’s cargo area is larger than the Cooper Clubman’s in every dimension:
Length to seat (2nd/1st)
The Tucson’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.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a power cargo door.
The Tucson has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Cooper Clubman has no towing capacity.
The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited 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 Tucson’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 Tucson’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 Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/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 Tucson 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 Tucson Limited’s optional 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 Tucson has standard extendable sun visors. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Both the Tucson and the Cooper Clubman offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Cooper Clubman.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Tucson Limited/Ultimate’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $1515 to $3670 less than the Cooper Clubman over a five-year period.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Clubman because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Cooper Clubman, including $143 less for a water pump, $51 less for front brake pads, $208 less for a starter, $264 less for a fuel pump, $161 less for front struts, $516 less for a timing belt/chain and $721 less for a power steering pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $6607 to $7625 less than for the MINI Cooper Clubman.
The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Hyundai Tucson, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.
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