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MINI Clubman vs Acura ILX vs Volkswagen Golf SportsWagen vs Subaru Impreza
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2020 MINI Clubman vs. Acura ILX vs. Volkswagen Golf SportsWagen 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

2020 MINI Clubman
2020 MINI Clubman Cooper S ALL4 VS 2020 Acura ILX w/Premium Package
$30,900 MSRP $27,750
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, despite a cheaper price tag, lacks in every other form of value. Most of the features standard on the MINI Clubman add up to save you thousands more in the long run instead of just at the initial price. 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 these impressive features are either unavailable or only offered as expensive options on the Acura. A navigation system always makes arriving at your destination on-time easier, which explains why MINI Clubman drivers get the option to select this handy feature. You’ll need to step up to a higher trim level to receive navigation on the Acura ILX.

2020 MINI Clubman Interior

There’s plenty for drivers and passengers to enjoy inside the Clubman as well. This vehicle offers greater headroom across both its front and rear rows of seats compared to 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. Meanwhile, ILX’s rear seat doesn’t split, compromising its versatility. Comparing both vehicles’ maximum cargo capacities, the clear favorite is MINI’s Clubman which delivers 44.1 cubic feet of space. Offering only a laughable 12.4 cubic feet, Acura’s ILX forces 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. With all these various and valuable features and safety nets offered, it starts to make sense of how Acura’s ILX has such a different price.

MINI Clubman vs Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

2020 MINI Clubman
2020 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2020 MINI Clubman Cooper S FWD VS 2020 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8T S 4MOTION
$30,900 MSRP $25,495
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 2 Years / 20,000

Our next challenger, the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, offers a wagon body style and is available with all-wheel drive. Despite a lower price, MINI’s Clubman continues to deliver several advantages that add up to holding a greater overall value from free scheduled maintenance to better fuel efficiency to better convenience technology. Not to mention that MINI outshines Volkswagen for the Clubman’s superior horsepower and torque figures. Thanks to impressive engineering, not only is the MINI Clubman more powerful than its Volkswagen competitor— it’s also more fuel-efficient. On top of that, the SportWagen falls short behind the Clubman in every MPG rating including city, highway and combined.

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 pricier SE 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 while Volkswagen owners only get 2 years or 20,000 miles to enjoy this great benefit.

MINI Clubman vs Subaru Impreza 5-Door

2020 MINI Clubman
2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door
2020 MINI Clubman Cooper S FWD VS 2020 Subaru Impreza 5-Door
$30,900 MSRP $20,495
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

Subaru’s Impreza 5-door offers a similar layout and dimensions to the 2020 MINI Clubman, but when it comes to low-end power and response, the Clubman delivers more torque than the Impreza 5-Door. Again, we see a lower initial price on a competitor, but it lacks some of the most valuable features and services that the 2020 MINI Clubman comes with standard on every trim.

Fully automatic exterior lighting comes standard on with a MINI Clubman, but only auto-off headlights for an Impreza 5-Door. 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 interiors, the 2020 Clubman holds some significant advantages over the Impreza 5-Door. First, you’ll receive Sensatec leatherette seating surfaces which offer greater durability and comfort than the Impreza 5-Door’s cloth upholstery. Given a choice between the Clubman’s leather-wrapped steering wheel and the Impreza 5-Door’s urethane steering wheel, it’s an easy decision to choose the comfort and premium materials found in the 2020 Clubman. There’s also in 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. These are MINI’s greatest valued features which can save you a steep repair bill if anything goes wrong. No matter how careful you can be on the road, you can’t control what the world throws at you, and we here at MINI of Ann Arbor understand that.

Winner – MINI Clubman

2020 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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