Car reviews - Mini - Hatch - Cooper
18 Jul 2002
By BRUCE NEWTON
THE Mini Cooper is a two-door four-seater in the tradition of its predecessor, although this time around the tiny bootlid is traded in for a hatchback ... which leads to a tiny boot. There are no less than six airbags, with dual front and side units complemented by head airbags for all passengers. Further standard safety systems in the cabin include lap-sash seatbelts all-round which are equipped with both tensioners and force limiters, while front seat passengers also get height adjustment. There are headrests all round and overhead grabhandles for rear passengers. Storage capacity is not such a winning story with only shallow door pockets, although a bar in the door will store items like road atlases. An under-dash tray runs right across the car, only interrupted by the console, plus stringback pockets on the doors and three cupholders. But there is no glovebox, which means nowhere lockable to store valuable items.
Did you know?Alec Issigonis only agreed to design the Mini after BMC boss Sir Leonard Lord gave him complete control over the project
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