This Mini is surprisingly mighty when it comes to child-safety seats. The Mini Hardtop 4-Door is a new offering for 2015 that’s roughly 6 inches longer than the Hardtop 2-Door. That additional length means there’s extra space in the Hardtop 4-Door’s backseat and cargo area. With 1.5 inches of extra rear legroom, the Hardtop 4-Door performed surprisingly well in our Car Seat Check.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- There are two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard rear seats. They sit behind hinged plastic covers and are easy to use. Three tether anchors are placed midway down the seatbacks.
- The convertible car seat in both rear- and forward-facing modes installed easily and fit well in the Hardtop 4-Door. There was no need to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate the rear-facing convertible.
- The bolstered rear seats worked well with our high-back booster, holding it snugly in place.
What We Don’t
- Mini says the Hardtop 4-Door has room for three passengers in the backseat, but the middle seat is so narrow that not even the skinniest kid on your block could fit in that seat.
- To fit the rear-facing infant seat, we had to move the front passenger seat forward a few inches and adjust the seatback into a more upright angle. Our 5-foot-8-inch tester had just enough knee room, but she was uncomfortable because of the seatback’s angle.
- The rear seat belt buckles are on stable bases, but they’re recessed into the middle seat’s bottom cushion. This position will likely be difficult for younger kids in boosters to use independently.