Driver Seat Borders on Luxurious - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mini Cooper: Driver Seat Borders on Luxurious

May 20, 2015

2014 Mini Cooper

The increased size and refinement of the 2014 Mini Cooper compared to the two previous generations of the Mini is undeniable. I'm already on record as a skeptic, because the visibility out the front and back of our long-term car isn't as good.

But darn it, I'm smitten with the driver seat in our Mini.

Our car has the optional Sport package which, among other items, equips the car with sport seats. These seats fit me (5'10" and about 145 pounds) perfectly. They are very comfortable on a 90-minute commute, and there's useful lateral bolstering for the occasional moment of fun driving around a tight turn. I have about a 34-inch inseam, and there's more than enough seat-track travel. The telescoping steering wheel fits easily into my slightly bent arms at max telescope.

Any complaints? Well, I could do without the pull-out, seat-bottom cushion extender, because I don't have long thighs and I don't like the debris that inevitably collects in the crevice.

If I was shopping for a Mini, I would absolutely option it with the sport seats.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 13,060 miles

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