Mini 3dr

Mini 3dr review

Space & practicality
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Space & practicality

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Mini Hatchback hatchback front space

There’s plenty of head room up front 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 square but 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 cupholders in front of the gearlever. There’s also a small net pocket in the passenger footwell that will hold pens or other small items. You can add a central armrest that doubles up as a phone-docking port, complete with wireless charging, should you tick the right combination of option boxes.

Mini Hatchback hatchback rear space

The Mini beats the rival Audi A1 for rear head and leg room, although the bench is restricted to only two passengers and a Volkswagen Polo is far roomier in the back.

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 seats that leave a narrower gap than in some three-door rivals. The bench itself is comfortable, though, thanks to backrests that sit at a good angle.

There are three cupholders in the back that will take a standard 500ml bottle or a large takeaway coffee cup.

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Mini Hatchback hatchback seating flexibility

Pull one of the two toggles on the shoulder of the rear seats and the 50/50-split seatback topples forward easily.

Pulling a lever on the shoulder of the front seats will cause the seatback to fold forward and the whole seat to slide if you give it a bit of a shove, providing access to the back. However, while the seatback returns to its original position, the base does not; you have to slide the base back to the previous position separately – something that involves playing with a lever beneath. Front passenger seat-height adjustment is a cheap option.

Mini Hatchback hatchback 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 that 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 a net for small items or documents beneath the boot floor.

It’s a shallow boot that’s smaller than that in the Polo, A1 and Seat Ibiza, but it’ll be fine for normal use because it’s square and you don’t have to lift items too far off the floor to get them over the load lip.

 

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