The old saying is curiosity killed the cat. Well, in our case, it nearly twisted us into pretzels while trying to install child-safety seats into the 2014 Mini Hardtop two-door. This Mini isn’t nearly as mini as it used to be with more than 4 inches added to its length and almost 2 inches to its width, but it’s not exactly car-seat friendly. And it certainly doesn’t have much, if any, rear legroom.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- It’s a short list: The forward-facing convertible fit well in the Mini, and we were able to easily connect to the tether anchor, which is midway down the rear seatback.
What We Don’t
- The two sets of lower Latch anchors in this four-seater are found behind flip-up plastic covers, but the anchors sit so deep into the openings that it’s surprisingly difficult to use them.
- It’s no surprise that we had to move the front passenger seat nearly all the way forward to fit the rear-facing infant seat behind it. The 5-foot-8 tester’s knees were pressed firmly into the glove box.
- The rear seats are steeply sloped, so we had to use a rolled towel to help get our rear-facing convertible’s base to sit at the proper angle. We also had to move the front passenger seat forward to fit this car seat; our tester had more room than with the infant seat but was not comfortable.
- The Mini’s backseat has large side bolsters that pushed our booster seat, causing it to sit at an angle. They also pushed the booster up against the seat belt buckle, making it tough to use. The biggest problem for most kids, though, will be the lack of rear legroom. There’s just no place for kids to put their legs unless they sit cross-legged.