2014 Mini Cooper: Wish It Still Had 50/50-Split Rear Seats
May 18, 2015
Our 2014 Mini Cooper has 60/40-split folding rear seats. That represents a change from the 50/50-split rear seats in the previous two generations of the Cooper. Ordinarily this isn't something I would care about, but now that I'm a parent, I have an opinion on this change. And I'll warn you: Most likely, I represent the minority.
You kind of expect to get 50/50-split seats in a car with a two-passenger backseat.
2007 Mini Cooper's 50/50-split rear seats
But the rear seats in the third generation of the reborn Mini Cooper are more sculpted and don't necessarily lend themselves to a partition line in the dead center. Plus, a 60/40 split usually gives you more flexibility for carrying a mix of people and cargo. That is, unless you've installed a rear-facing car seat on the passenger side.
As you see, my big bruiser of a convertible car seat fits just fine in here and tidily occupies its half of the backseat. Getting it through the doorway was no picnic, though, much as I predicted after installing my secondary convertible car seat, which is much more compact.
But then I wanted to bring along a stroller, and on this particular day I only had my bulky full-size stroller. No problem, I thought. I'll just fold down the other half of the seat-back cushion. But my daughter was on the 40 "half" and the 60 section was physically obstructed from folding by the car seat itself. I abandoned the idea of taking the stroller and took our Ergobaby carrier instead.
Fortunately, all is not lost for the rest of my time with the Mini. I've found our third stroller, an ultra-compact Maclaren Triumph, and it just fits in the hatch area with no need to fold the seats.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 13,026 miles