2014 Mini Cooper: Vastly Improved Cargo Area
October 22, 2014
Sure, the 2014 Mini Cooper is a small car. It's right there in the name and everything.
It's very unlikely the Mini Cooper will ever be named the Official Car of Costco. This is nothing like a Tardis. It's small on the inside, too.
But it's not nearly as small as you'd think, and nowhere near as small as last year's model. Last week I was able to do a fair amount of errand-running and item-toting in ours thanks to a laundry list of improvements over the previous model.
For the record, that's one of those large 34-pound bags of dog food on the right and a medium-sized 17.5-pound bag on the left. No sweat.
They fit easily because there's a lot more space behind the rear seats than there ever used to be. The 2014 Mini Cooper has 8.7 cubic feet of room for stuff back here, up from just 5.7 cubic feet last year.
Some of this is due to a basement level beneath the rear floor, which can either be removed outright or folded up and snapped against the rear seatbacks.
This movable floor can also be laid flat at one of two levels.
The higher of the two choices is dead even with the new fold-flat rear seatbacks.
Said seatbacks are now split into 60-percent and 40-percent portions instead of 50/50, which gives results in more load floor width to work with when you have but a single passenger back there.
These new rear headrests flop over in place to better clear the front seatbacks during the folding operation, and said seatbacks have generous knee-clearance sculpting that helps the process along.
The result is a full 38 cubic feet of maximum seats-down cargo space, up from just 24 cubic feet in years past. That works out to a massive 58-percent increase in cargo space for the 2014 Mini Cooper.
Maybe Costco runs aren't out of the question after all, so long as you control yourself. Oh, right. Never mind.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,023 miles