HARDTOP: OVERVIEW

Hardtop 2 Door: Size & Utility

LOUIE BOERTJE

Height: 6’8”
2012 JCW Hardtop: Emma
License Plate: YEAIFIT

MORE ROOM THAN YOU EXPECT. GUARANTEED.*

“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. Over time, MINIs have gotten a bit larger (the newest Cooper Hardtop is 4.5 inches longer, with the Cooper S 5.1 longer), but only to open up the inside a bit more as new solutions are engineered.

*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.

 COME IN FOR A FITTING  DIMENSIONS

JOHN HRCKA: 2010 COOPER S HARDTOP

“The big test: sitting down in one. Amazingly, I fit! I had plenty of head room. My legs stretched straight out beyond the pedals. My 6'7" body finally found a home inside, as close as I’ll get to a small sports car.”

LOUIE BOERTJE: 2012 JCW HARDTOP

"Wow! There's so much space in here!"

JEREMY LETENDRE: 2010 COOPER S HARDTOP

“I was amazed how easily I could climb into it. The seat was comfortable and if I pushed it all the way back it was too far. I couldn’t reach the pedals! I've had it for over 3 years now and it's the most fun I've ever had in a car. I love it more and more everyday.”

GENEROUS CARGO SPACE

A whopping 8.7 feet of cubic goodness in the boot; 34 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. That’s 10 cubic feet larger than its predecessor. All due in part to an adjustable floor panel that opens up for extra storage. That's a lot of room. Enough to hold all the luggage you'd ever really need. Or a week's worth of camping gear. Or your snow board, amplifier and laundry. Or the full-sized lawn ornament you found at the flea market. Or a 42" TV and stereo. Or your Bernese Mt. Dog and his bag of food. Or whatever else you want to bring along for the ride. There's even an optional 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.

PASSENGER ROOM

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 the new MINI Hardtop 2 Door is even bigger. 4.5 inches longer for the Cooper, and 5.1 for the Cooper S, actually. 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.

REAR SEATS SPLIT

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 60:40 split, allowing you to carry a passenger in the back and boost your cargo space at the same time. 

tailored to fit

OVER 10 MILLION WAYS TO CONFIGURE

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