There’s plenty of head room up front in the Mini for most drivers to get comfortable, although it’s not as good as in some rivals. At least the Mini has the best leg room of any premium small car we’ve tested, thanks to front seats that slide back a long way.
Unfortunately useful cubbies are few and far between – the door pockets are quite narrow and the glovebox is squared off but quite shallow. However, there is a space for your phone to sit beneath the USB and charging sockets, where it doesn’t slide about on the move, and there are two sizeable, fixed cup holders in front of the gearlever. There’s also a small net pocket in the passenger footwell, which will hold pens or other small items. You can add a central armrest that doubles up as a phone-docking port.
Mini Hatchback 3dr rear space
The Mini hatch is the best of all its prestige city car peers for rear head and leg room, and by a fair margin, although the bench is restricted to only two passengers.
Both adults will be comfortable unless they’re very tall. Having said that it’ll be a squeeze for them to get in, because doing so involves ducking beneath the low roof and past the tilted-forward front seat, which leaves a narrower gap than in some three-door rivals. The bench itself is comfortable, thanks to backrests that sit at a good angle.
There are three fixed cup holders in the back that will take a normal 500ml bottle or large takeaway coffee cup.
Mini Hatchback 3dr seating flexibility
Pull one of the two toggles on the shoulders of the rear seat backs, and the 60/40 split seat back topples forwards easily.
Pulling a lever on the shoulder of the front seats will cause the back to fold forwards and the whole seat to slide if you give it a bit of a shove, to provide access to the back. However, while the seat back returns to its original position, the base doesn’t slide to its original position – you have to do that separately, which involves playing with a lever beneath. Front passenger seat-height adjustment is a cheap option.
Mini Hatchback 3dr boot space
If you’ve got the optional variable boot floor – available on its own or as part of the Chili or Pepper Pack – the boot can be set up so it’s flush with the load lip and folded seats, or dropped to make more space. The variable floor also locks into place when you tilt it up, leaving both hands free to access the space beneath. There’s also a net for small items or documents beneath the boot floor.
It’s a shallow boot, and is smaller than the one in a Seat Ibiza SC and various other rivals, but it’ll be fine for normal use because it’s squared-off and you don’t have to lift items too far off the floor to get them over the load lip.