Mini review

Category: Small car

Section: Passenger & boot space

Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 boot open
  • Mini 3dr 2022 front right tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 rear cornering
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior dashboard
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 boot open
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior infotainment
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 front tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 front right static
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 rear right tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 front right tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 wheel detail
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior front seats
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior steering wheel
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior detail
  • Mini 3dr 2022 front right tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 rear cornering
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior dashboard
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 boot open
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior infotainment
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 front tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 front right static
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 rear right tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 front right tracking
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 wheel detail
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior front seats
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior steering wheel
  • Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 interior detail
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In this section:
  • Front space
  • Rear space
  • Seat folding and flexibility
  • Boot space

Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

The Mini has the most front leg room of any premium small car we’ve tested because the front seats slide back a long way. There’s plenty of head room up front for most drivers to get comfortable, too, although you’ll find more in the Volkswagen Polo and even more in the Honda Jazz.

Unfortunately, useful cubbies are few and far between – the door pockets are quite narrow and the glovebox is square but shallow. However, beneath the USB and charging sockets there's a space for your phone to sit without sliding about on the move, and there are two good-sized cupholders in front of the gearlever. A small net pocket in the passenger footwell will hold pens and other small items.

Once they're inside, rear-seat passengers will find the seats comfortable thanks to the angle of its backrests. There are three cupholders in the back that will take a standard 500ml bottle or a large takeaway coffee cup.

As you might imagine, the five-door Mini gives much easier access and a third seat in the back. Even so, the Jazz is far roomier in the back and would be a wiser choice if you regularly carry rear-seat passengers.

Mini 3-door hatchback 2022 boot open

Seat folding and flexibility

Pulling a lever on the shoulder of the front seats allows the seatback to fold forwards and the whole seat to slide if you give it a bit of a shove, providing access to the back.

The seatback returns to its original position but the base doesn't – you have to slide it using the fore/aft lever, which is frustrating if you regularly carry passengers. Front passenger seat-height adjustment is standard in all models.

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