2019 MINI Clubman vs. Acura ILX vs Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs Subaru Impreza

Offering seating for 5, iconic split opening rear doors, and a luxurious interior that’s packed with technology — the MINI Clubman stands out from the ordinary. Endless customization options, capable ALL4 all-wheel drive, and driver-assistive safety features make the Clubman the perfect choice for buyers looking for a capable yet stylish way to invigorate their commute.

If you’re having trouble deciding if the Clubman is the right option for your lifestyle, MINI of Ann Arbor is here to help. Our helpful comparison guide takes an in-depth look at the competition from Acura, Volkswagen, and Subaru. After carefully analyzing how each competitor measures up against the MINI Clubman, your decision will be much simpler.

MINI Clubman vs Acura ILX

2019 MINI Clubman
2018 Acura ILX
2019 MINI Clubman Cooper S ALL4 VS 2018 Acura ILX w/Premium Package
$30,900 MSRP $30,100
ALL4 ✓ All-Wheel Drive Not Available
207 lb ft ✓ Torque 180 lb ft
Optional ✓ Navigation System Requires Higher Trim Level
Standard ✓ Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers Not Available
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Requires Higher Trim Level
Standard ✓ Front Fog Lights Optional
Rear Park Distance Control ✓ Parking Sensors Optional
60/40 ✓ Split Rear Seat Not Available
40.2 / 38 inches ✓ Front / Rear Headroom 38 / 35.9 inches
44.1 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Capacity 12.3 cubic feet
3 Years / 36,000 Miles ✓ Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance Not Available

The first vehicle to face off against the MINI is the Acura ILX, a compact luxury sedan that’s priced nearly identically to the Clubman. That’s where the similarities end. In terms of performance, the Clubman offers greater torque and ALL4 all-wheel drive for added confidence in nasty weather conditions. Speaking of bad weather, that’s when the standard rain-sensing windshield wipers of the MINI Clubman provide a helpful assist. All-wheel drive and rain-sensing wipers are not offered on any trim of the ILX.

Standard adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, and front fog lights are additional examples of premium features included on the MINI Clubman. All of these impressive features are either not available or only offered as expensive options on the Acura. A navigation system always makes arriving at your destination on-time easier, which is why the MINI Clubman gives drivers the option to select this handy feature. You’ll be required to step up to a higher trim level in order to receive navigation on the Acura ILX.

2019 MINI Clubman Interior

There’s plenty for drivers and passengers to enjoy inside the Clubman as well. Across both the front and rear rows of seats, the Clubman offers greater headroom than the Acura ILX. Similarly, the Clubman offers a 60/40 split folding rear seat to help you accommodate a mix of cargo and passengers on the way to your destination. The rear seat of the ILX is not split, compromising its usefulness. Comparing maximum cargo capacities of both vehicles, the clear favorite is the Clubman which delivers 44.1 cubic feet of space. The ILX only manages to offer a laughable 12.3 cubic feet, forcing drivers to pack light for their next weekend getaway.

Lastly, new MINI vehicles come standard with complimentary scheduled maintenance for 3 years of 36,000 miles. Unfortunately for Acura ILX drivers, they will have to pay out of pocket for scheduled maintenance.

MINI Clubman vs Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

2019 MINI Clubman
2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2019 MINI Clubman Cooper S FWD VS 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TSI S 4MOTION
189 ✓ Horsepower 170
207 lb ft ✓ Torque 199 lb ft
22 / 31 / 25 ✓ City / Hwy / Combined MPG 22 / 29 / 24
17 inches ✓ Wheel Size 16 inches
Standard ✓ Fog Lights Requires SE Trim
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Requires SEL Trim
Standard ✓ Voice-Activated Audio Controls Requires SE Trim
Standard ✓ Push Button Start Requires SE Trim
3 Years / 36,000 Miles ✓ Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance Not Available

Our next challenger, the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, offers a wagon body style and is available with all-wheel drive. Despite some similarities, the MINI Clubman continues to deliver several advantages. Once again, the Clubman shines for its superior horsepower and torque figures as compared to the SportWagen. Thanks to impressive engineering, not only is the MINI Clubman more powerful than the Golf SportWagen — it’s also more fuel efficient. While the Volkswagen can match the MINI in city MPG, it falls short in both highway and combined MPG ratings.

Choosing the Clubman means that you’ll receive larger alloy wheels, adding to its eye-catching profile. Another strong suit of the MINI Clubman is standard premium features that the competition charges extra for. Fog lights, adaptive cruise control, voice-activated audio controls, and push button start all come standard on the Clubman Cooper S. In order to receive these features at Volkswagen, you’ll be required to step up to more pricey SE and SEL trim levels.

Complimentary scheduled maintenance is a great perk that keeps your vehicle properly maintained by factory-trained technicians at no cost to the owner. MINI drivers will receive 3 years or 36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance. Volkswagen owners will not get to enjoy this great benefit.

MINI Clubman vs Subaru Impreza 5-Door

2019 MINI Clubman
2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door
2019 MINI Clubman Cooper S FWD VS 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-Door 2.0i
162 lb ft ✓ Torque 145 lb ft
Standard ✓ Heated Exterior Mirrors Requires Higher Trim Level
Fully Automatic ✓ Exterior Lighting Auto Off Only
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Optional
Sensatec Leatherette ✓ Seat Material Cloth
Leather-Wrapped ✓ Steering Wheel Material Urethane
Standard ✓ Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers Not Available
40.2 inches ✓ Front Headroom 39.8 inches
4 Years / 50,000 Miles ✓ Basic Warranty Coverage 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles ✓ Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance Not Available

The final adversary to challenge the MINI Clubman is the Subaru Impreza 5-door, which offers a similar layout and dimensions. When it comes to low-end power and response, the Clubman delivers more torque than the Impreza 5-Door. Fully automatic exterior lighting comes standard on the MINI Clubman, while the Impreza 5-Door only offers auto off headlights. Rain-sensing windshield wipers give Clubman owners a helpful assist during bad weather conditions. Giving you a helping hand on the highway, the Clubman comes standard with adaptive cruise control — something that’s a costly option at Subaru.

When comparing the interiors of both vehicles, there are some significant advantages for choosing the Clubman over the Impreza 5-Door. First, you’ll receive Sensatec leatherette seating surfaces which offer greater durability and comfort than the cloth upholstery found on the Impreza 5-Door 2.0i. If given the choice between the leather-wrapped steering wheel of the Clubman and the urethane wheel found inside the Subaru, the obvious choice is the MINI. There’s also greater front headroom found inside the Clubman.

As we’ve seen before in this comparison, Subaru is no match for the basic warranty coverage offered by MINI. Furthermore, they do not offer complimentary scheduled maintenance. MINI owners will be able to drive worry-free thanks to superior protection and ownership benefits.

Winner – MINI Clubman

2019 MINI Clubman Rear Swing Doors

Now that we’ve reviewed the competition and seen the tremendous value, premium features, technology, and performance found on the Clubman — it’s no surprise that MINI takes top honors in this comparison. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff at MINI of Ann Arbor are eager to help you discover the Clubman model that’s right for you!


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