Convertible in Hyper Blue
Convertible in Hyper Blue
“Wow! There’s so much space in here!” (or some similarly surprised comment) is something we almost always hear from folks sitting inside a MINI for the first time. See, what most don’t realize is that a few of our most important performance features – the engine turned sideways so it doesn’t poke into the cockpit and our kart-like, wheels-at-the-corners layout – are actually solutions we invented over 50 years ago for the sole purpose of creating more interior passenger room. Add in our “plant-on” roof and you’ll begin to understand why, MINIs, perhaps ironically, are often the car of choice for some of the biggest motorers.
*Claim only valid for people who have never actually sat in a MINI before. If you’ve already been in a MINI, then you know full well to expect a surprisingly spacious cabin.
The Specs: 6 cubic feet in the boot, 23.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The Low-down: MINI Convertibles give you plenty of room to hold all the luggage you should ever need. Or camping gear. Or your snowboard and guitar amp. Or the full-sized lawn ornament you found at the flea market. Or a 36" TV and stereo. Or whatever else you want to bring along for a ride. There's even a 12V outlet in the boot, so, with the right adapter, you'll be able to plug that TV (or blender, or fish tank, or vacuum) in to use as you see fit.
How many people can it hold? Well, let's put it this way. Back in 1999, a group of enthusiasts in New York City broke the Mini-Cram world record by fitting 25 people into a Classic Mini. And new MINIs are even bigger. So we might guess 30 or so. Officially, of course, the answer is four adults (five, in the MINI Countryman.) "But how?" you ask. Well, it was a novel idea when we first came up with it in 1959, and it still does the trick. By pushing the wheel wells out as far as possible to the corners of the car and mounting the engine transversely, we've created the maximum interior space possible.
Borrowing your cousin's free weights? Big stilt sale? Just impulse-bought a few rolls of fiberglass insulation because it looked so soft and pink? Don't panic. MINIs feature back seats that can fold down in a 50:50 split, allowing you to carry a passenger in the back and boost your cargo space at the same time.
Cargo specs according to Edmunds.com.
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