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Default Kids and Minis - 16th April 2013, 07:28 AM

Well someone had to be the first to post something in this section!

I have a Mini Cooper S and 5 kids. Yes 5!
Ranging from 2 years to 17 years and they all love the Mini and always want to travel in it rather than the bigger family car.

My 2 year old's favourite phrase is "Go super fast daddy!!" . . . Mummy is not impressed!

I don't have any problems fitting car seats for the 2 year old or booster seats for my 7 year old in the front or back.

So I can't honestly say that a Mini is the perfect car for a family of 7 but it can work with kids and everyone should have one!!
  
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Default 16th April 2013, 10:09 AM

Ours is a family of 4 and I am 6ft 2 and we all fit it ok. My boys are 8 and 5 and the 8 year sits behind me as his feet go under my seat.

Mine is used as my car / second car with a larger family car for long runs, but like above the boys prefer the mini and want to go in it on the weekend.

A big plus to the mini is the small boot space which prevents any ad hoc purchased of most things from B&Q etc.........
  
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Default 16th April 2013, 11:48 AM

I had a R53 when I had my little 'un and managed fine, the passenger seat had to be all the way forward for the Group 0 seat though. I had a pushchair in the boot and a dog on the back seat and never had any problems.

When J was 15 months old in a moment of madness I part-ex'd it for a Golf (I know, I know...) which I hated and lasted 3 months with it before getting a Clubman.

The clubbie is amazing and loads of room for us all! There is no need to get this massive cars, and it does stop you buying crap at B&Q etc!
  
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Default 16th April 2013, 11:53 AM

My sister has bought a countryman and it is fantastic....my brother in law is 6'4 and he has loads of space and so do their 2 kids!
  
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Default 16th April 2013, 11:53 AM

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I had a R53 when I had my little 'un and managed fine, the passenger seat had to be all the way forward for the Group 0 seat though. I had a pushchair in the boot and a dog on the back seat and never had any problems.

When J was 15 months old in a moment of madness I part-ex'd it for a Golf (I know, I know...) which I hated and lasted 3 months with it before getting a Clubman.

The clubbie is amazing and loads of room for us all! There is no need to get this massive cars, and it does stop you buying crap at B&Q etc!
Glad to see other people use this excuse too........



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Default 16th April 2013, 11:54 AM

Very pleased to hear this guys

Doesn't affect me as mine have fled the nest but does make me mad when you read someone has just one kid and say they need a people carrier or 4x4.....

The roads are congessed enough already!

Anyway guys enjoy the MINI's & kids



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Default 16th April 2013, 12:24 PM

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Glad to see other people use this excuse too........
Although I did fit an ironing board in my R53 once no bother (before kids though) which was a spur of the moment purchase!

Minis are very practical cars
  
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Default 17th April 2013, 03:50 PM

I managed quite happily with the first 2 kids in an R50 and days after the 3rd was born we traded it for an R53... Then soon after traded a Megane for a Clubbie - our only 5 seater car. We managed with it until the oldest boy was 12 (and 5'6"!) then finally relented.... And traded the Clubbie for a Countryman. There really is no reason to have a bigger car - in fact, once the youngest is out of Booster seats I'd go back to a Clubbie again - teenagers really don't want to be seen out with their family so an occasional 5-seater will be more than big enough.
  
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Default Kids and Minis - 17th April 2013, 04:36 PM

2 rug rats

8 and 5(going on 16 with attitude)

Bothe fit ok in the back of mine even if they are splay legged



  
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Default 20th April 2013, 01:56 AM

You are okay until closer to age 10-12, then it gets tight. I gave up my 2010 R56 JCW recently and kept the R53 GP, in part because the back seat was soon becoming too small anyway.

Tried a Clubman for a weekend and that solved it. Also drove a Paceman recently and liked it. So at least there are options when they get bigger, and before they can drive on their own.

Now, which one to choose once you've outgrown a hardtop?


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