Awesome, thanks. Do the kids have any issues sharing the single cupholder in the back seat?I have a F55, its not the main family car, but most times its used it has one of my kids in the back, my kids are 11 and 12. We had an F56 as a loaner once, and if the 5 door wasn't available I don't think we wouldn't be Mini owners. It's just the right size, for nipping about, but not to big. I would have loved a JCW, but because it's only an F56 the F55 MCS (JCW kit to follow) will have to do.
My take on it is, if you more often than not have 3 or more up the F55 is the logical option. if you have 3 or more rarely then the F56 looks better. Also my bowling kit only just fits in the F55.
If we are going long distances with the family and the dog, then we use the main family car, which is a VW Tiguan. I am guessing that will be replaced with a 2017 Countryman when it's launches.
With two growing 8 and 6 year olds, our family car situation went from 2 x r56 minis to 1 x r56 (which is my JCW and I'm not selling this!>) and a new f55 cooper s which pretty much is our family car now.Interested to hear how well folks are getting along with an F55 as a family car. If you didn't get an F55 as a family car, why get the 2 extra doors?
What works/doesnt work for a family?
For the F55, the rating I've been able to find is about 350kg max payload. We're running around 275kg, some of us should lose weight while others are naturally gaining (growing).....depends!
If the total weight of your family is less than 250kg... the F55 is your family car!