Not seen the Countryman, but if the shelf lifts/hinges with the hatch then you will need a small gap so it doesnt bind and operates freely.
My hatch has a gap you can get your fingers in.
Is the gap a hinderance to you 20mm isnt much?
<.. you will need a small gap so it doesnt bind and operates freely.>
Yes, I can appreciate that.
I don't recall seeing that gap on our last car, Golf GTI
I think, VW used a flexible 10mm strip that was part of the parcel shelf that sealed the gap?
<My hatch has a gap you can get your fingers in.>
Yup. That's exactly the same space I'm talking about.
<Is the gap a hinderance to you 20mm isnt much?>
No not really.
My wife was sitting in the back recently.
She noticed the gap visually.
She also thought it seemed to allow more noise to get through to the passenger area?
Anyway, it's something we can live with.
We're not intending to put a sheep or pig in the back, like some of these farmers do! :-)
You can slide the rear seats forward to make more room in the boot - or just a larger gap between the top of the seats and the parcel shelf, as Mini doesn't seem to have considered this 'design feature', unlike Honda who have done something pretty smart on their CRV (as in their old one).
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