Three. And two. That’s how many kids and strollers I fitted comfortably and safely into one sexy MINI Cooper I drove when I was in Cape Town recently. And let me say from the onset, that along with seeing my family, the mountain and the sea in Cape Town, and finishing Two Oceans, driving a MINI for two days was a highlight, and one of the most fun motoring experiences I’ve ever had. And I doubt people expect otherwise when driving one.
My hot wheels came from the friendly crew at Mini Auto Atlantic, who a few weeks earlier had told me that the MINI is suitable for families, not only from a space perspective, but from a security one too (eg airbags, driver assist). Not convinced, I put three kids in the car the car comfortably, and the boot filled a pram and a stroller. Granted, the MINI Cooper isn’t going to pile in the soccer team or a big liftscheme, but for some, less is more, and not every mom or person needs or wants an SUV or 4×4.
My experiment did show that the MINI is perfectly suitable for smaller families, and that there’s no reason to wait until “the kids are all grown up” to have some fun in this sensational car.
It was fun flitting in and out of Cape Town’s narrow streets, and driving in congested town was as enjoyable as it will ever get for me. Our model had cool features such as keyless entry and ignition (I didn’t have to dig in my bag to find the key) and Bluetooth synching. With MINI, you can customise everything from lights and strips to seats and wheel spokes. There are also a wide range of optional extras, which are also a huge part of the fun and experience – and cost.
Something else that’s good to know is that if you buy new, you’ll get a five-year or 100 000km full motorplan with roadside assist. MINI Auto Atlantic often runs promos, so it’s worth checking out any opportunities to save and score.