2014 Mini Cooper: Enough Room in Back for Little Legs
February 20, 2015
If you have kids, Mini offers a couple of family friendlier vehicles these days: the Cooper Countryman crossover, which has been out since 2011, and the four-door Cooper hatchback, which is new for 2015. But if you want to stay traditional in your choice of Mini Coopers, the two-door hatchback might still work out all right. I've come to that conclusion after taking my two kids to school each day for about a week.
I remember a former Edmunds employee purchased a 2002 Mini Cooper back in the day and his wife carted their young kids around in it, so, yeah, I'm not really doing anything new here. But this new generation Cooper hatchback is bigger than both previous generations. In the interior, the size increase mostly shows up in the hatchback's improved cargo capacity, but rear seat legroom is up a bit, too. The 2015 car has 30.8 inches of rear legroom compared to 29.9 inches for a 2013 example.
Of course, 30.8 inches still isn't much, but when you're dealing with little kids, incremental changes can make a difference. Pictured in the photo is my four-year-old son. When I position the driver seat for me (I'm 5-feet 10-inches tall), there's enough room for my son's feet behind the seat, albeit just barely. The way his feet have to stick out actually takes up about the same amount of room that my seven-year-old needs over in her booster seat. The front seats also slide forward enough to provide a decent-sized walkthrough to let the kids in and out of the car and their seats.
If you're wondering about child safety seat fitment, I'll point you to Erin Riches' earlier update about fitting a rear-facing child safety seat in our Mini Cooper.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,275 miles