Mini Convertible boot space

The Mini Convertible is more practical than you might think, thanks to a 215-litre boot and folding rear seats

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Apr 7, 2021

Removing the roof only adds to the appeal of the Mini, in Mini Convertible form. In fact, the topless version takes all of the best bits of the standard Mini hatchback but adds a little wind-in-your-hair thrills. And unlike with some convertibles, there's space for four, so you can bring a couple of friends along for the ride.

Practicality is likely to be low on the list of priorities when you’re buying a Mini Convertible, but at some point you’ll need to fill the boot. The good news is that the current version is the most spacious Mini Convertible to date, with the boot offering 215 litres of luggage capacity.

Surprisingly, that’s actually four litres more room than you’ll find in the Mini hatchback, although there is a catch. With the roof down, the boot space drops to 160 litres, which is less than you’ll find in many small city cars.

All versions feature an ‘Easy-load’ function which does exactly what the name implies. With the boot open, you can raise the base of the convertible roof, which creates a larger and more accessible load area. In addition, it’s possible to raise the parcel shelf up towards the convertible roof to free up maximum room, although the roof cannot be lowered in this setting.

What can you fit in the boot of a Mini Convertible?

The trick is to pack light and squishy. In other words, soft bags are preferable to hard suitcases. That said, you should be able to fit three carry-on cases or a couple of medium-sized suitcases into the boot. There are four tie-down hooks in the boot if you need to secure groceries or anything fragile.

You’ll be able to squeeze a set of golf clubs or a pushchair into the boot by using the ‘Easy-load’ function, but it might be easier to make use of the back seats if you're not using all of the seats.

Indeed, if you’re prepared to make use of the back seats, the Mini Convertible offers ample boot space for a holiday for two. It’s unlikely to be big enough for a family of four, but a weekend break should be possible.

Can you lower the rear seats to create more space?

The rear seats do fold down to increase the length of the boot. This means you should be able to squeeze some flat-pack furniture or a television into the boot. In this scenario, the fact that the boot lid folds down becomes a real positive, as it gives you a platform for loading heavy and long items in the boot.

All versions of the Mini Convertible feature 50:50 split-folding rear seats as standard, so you have the choice of using the car as a two-, three- or four-seater convertible.

Can you buy anything to improve the Mini Convertible’s practicality?

It’s possible to fit a bike carrier to the back of the Mini Convertible. This official Mini accessory was specially developed for the Mini and can take one or two bikes. Best of all, the tailgate can still be opened even with bikes on the rack.

Although it’s not possible to buy a luggage rack from Mini, there are a number of aftermarket options available. For example, the Boot-bag Group offers a ‘hatch bag’ that adds 125 litres of additional storage, increasing the luggage capacity by more than 50%. That gives you a total of 340 litres - a figure you’d associate with a family hatchback.

Do any rivals offer more boot space?

To get more boot space from a convertible, you need to go up in size and up in price. The Audi A3 Cabriolet is a popular choice, thanks to its strong image and high level of quality throughout. Boot space of 320 litres is reasonable for a car of this size, but it drops to 275 litres with the roof down.

Alternatively, the BMW 2 Series Convertible features a 335-litre boot, but again, the capacity drops to 280 litres with the roof down. The smaller Fiat 500C features a tiny 185-litre boot, but it remains the same with the roof down, which means you don’t have to worry about ditching luggage to enjoy some fresh air.

 

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