2007 MINI Cooper Long Term Road Test

2007 Mini Cooper S: Tiny Hauler

December 31, 2007

Photo by Caroline Pardilla

Even though our 2007 Mini Cooper S's backseat wasn't a favorite of my parents, with the seats down it proved handy for lugging Christmas presents and After-Xmas sales purchases back to L.A., including a cooler filled with holiday leftovers, a pair of luggage, and two computer bags.

I was skeptical about everything fitting in at first (why did my brother have to buy a Christmas tree?), but then I removed the partial shelf and slotted everything in like a jigsaw puzzle. Sure, it took some careful planning and several attempts to get everything fitting just right so that I could still see out the back window from the driver seat but in the end it worked. It would have been even better if the seats folded flat but we were able to work around that... Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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