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I have a Clubman on my driveway since this morning, and so far I'm unimpressed. :(

Can anyone tell me how they manage to get car seats in the back, especially if you get TWO car seats in the back (this example has the "bench" with three rear seat places)?

We have a couple of seats, and I have to say so far it seems like the hardest MINI I've yet encountered to get car seats into! :eek:

Seats are a Maxi-Cosi Rodi XP and Cabrio.

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I have a Clubman on my driveway since this morning, and so far I'm unimpressed. :(

Can anyone tell me how they manage to get car seats in the back, especially if you get TWO car seats in the back (this example has the "bench" with three rear seat places)?

We have a couple of seats, and I have to say so far it seems like the hardest MINI I've yet encountered to get car seats into! :eek:

Seats are a Maxi-Cosi Rodi XP and Cabrio.

:confused: :(
I tried getting the kids in the Clubman at Woodmans at the weekend. I only had to use one booster seat and that was a challenge. :p
 

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i can get one Britax booster in the back, but not two, luckily my eldest is tall enough not to need one now.
Probably find only the MINI ones will fit ;)
 

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The Rodi is a sort of booster seat with bells on (not literally, that would be annoying) and I've found the "comfort base" isn't compatible with the Clubman seat backs, so I'm checking if it can be fitted without it (sure it can, because they do an SPS which doesn't have the base included). But even with this removed it's REALLY tight to get the belt around the seat base because they're all crammed together to make the rear big enough for three seats and their anchorages!

The ISOFIX we're using for Amabels also seem pretty high in the seat back, and the angle of the seat was tricky, but it seems OK, but still a real squeeze (rear facing seat), not as much extra room as I had hoped for that's for sure.
 

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Have a mamas and papas seat (the next stage from the cabrio) and the cabrio isofix in the back with no problems at all (M&P is quite often used in another car and is easy to take out and put back).
 

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"...so far it seems like the hardest MINI I've yet encountered to get car seats into..."


Paul, if you keep the clubdoor closed it should be just as easy ;) as with the three door, maybe even easier, since there is more room, door opening is the same.

I have no idea why anyone order the three seat backseat. There is only room for two, the back is just cluttered up with seatbelts and headrests.

What made you think it was a practical car?
 

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I had a clubman as a courtesy car recently and I found it was very difficult to get booster seats fitted properly. The trouble is that the bits where the seatbelts clip into have had to be moved further apart to accomodate a central person. This now means the width of each outer seat is quite narrow - my booster seats actually squashed the seatbelt clips and made the seats not sit very well and it was very difficult to clip the belt in - espcially with the weight of a child on the booster. Well worth considering what you expect to fit in the back before assuming you can get seats in with no problems.
 

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Have a 3 seat bench, i use Isofix for our Maxi Cosi front facing seat (cant recall the name of the seat) But it fits no problem, and getting my daughter in and out is no hassle and far easier than when it was in our R53 S. The clubdoor is great for access. Woudl think having two seat car seats would not be a issue either.
I can understand the issues with the seat belt fastners being less far apart on the 3 seat. But the do pull out of the seat to give you a fair bit of play. I have sat in the back and found the seat belt to work fine with no hassle, and I am not built like a twig :)

In a nut shell for car seats and buggies, the Clubman is far better than the R56 etc. Cant wait to go camping this year without having the rear seat full of stuff. All the tent, sleeping bags, cooker, gas and cloths fit in the boot :) Yes it restricts rear view, but thats no hassle, wing mirrors are usefull tools.
 

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we had britax child seats originally until we bought our first R53 cooper,that was when we had problems getting them to fit and buckle up, in the end i bought two bmw/mini isofix junior seats and they have fitted without any problems buckling up in a cooper s convertible, R56 hatch and now we have the dooper clubman with the 3 seat bench and they still fit perfect and are very easy to buckle up,.
hope this helps if anyone is considering buying car seats.

iain
 

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I have a clubman since two weeks now. Great car, enjoy the ride, _much_ better than the citroen C4 i had on loen between my old cooper and the new clubman.
Anywasy, regarding the seat: my one-year-old sits in a Kiddy Life Pro, a German car seat that received top ratings in ADAC and ÖAMTC tests. No isofix, but since our golf does not have that either we choose this one. It's a class I/II/III seat, so she can sit in it until she's 36 kg. Installation is easy, seats fits perfectly well in the back (tried that when we test drove the car).

Main advantage of the clubman over the hatch is that the stroller fits in the back without having to take it appart every time you use is. We have a buggaboo cameleon, which easily fits in the boot of the clubman.

cheers and have fun with the car
 

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Not tried any seats in there yet, but the best Britax seat in the standard MINI hatch is the Explora 123, but as soon as possible will try one in there;)
 

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Not tried any seats in there yet, but the best Britax seat in the standard MINI hatch is the Explora 123, but as soon as possible will try one in there;)
Rakey,

The problem with the clubman is that as standard it comes with 3 seat positions in the back and the seat belt sockets are therefore too close to the side of the car to get a normal child seat in place. We had a clubman demonstrator on loan for a weekend and our Britax seats that fit the tin top Mini OK (The Elite for my 5 year old and the Evolva for my 7 year old) were just too wide for the clubman with 3 seats due to the seta belt sockets.:mad:

There is an spec option to have 2 seats in the back of the clubman so I'm presuming that this would be a much better option for child seats.
 

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Rakey,

The problem with the clubman is that as standard it comes with 3 seat positions in the back and the seat belt sockets are therefore too close to the side of the car to get a normal child seat in place. We had a clubman demonstrator on loan for a weekend and our Britax seats that fit the tin top Mini OK (The Elite for my 5 year old and the Evolva for my 7 year old) were just too wide for the clubman with 3 seats due to the seta belt sockets.:mad:

There is an spec option to have 2 seats in the back of the clubman so I'm presuming that this would be a much better option for child seats.
Problem that our fitting team have is that MINI dealers are not that friendly in letting us go in a try out the seats on their premises:rolleyes:

Got a service on Tuesday, so hoping my loaner might be a Clubman, but doubt it will happ:eek:
 

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Ordered my Dubman on Thursday for delivery 30/06.

I currently use a Maxi Cosi Tobi in my X3.....size of seat was not an issue in this vehicle..but quality of fit was....which is why I ended up with this seat and none of the isofix seats that I tried.

I am now a little concerned about how well this seat will transfer into the new Clubbie. We also have a fine selection of Maxi Cosi XP's (wife's car, mother in law's car, child minder's car :rolleyes:) so I will be able to give a good idea of how these two models of maxi cosi fit shortly.

If they fit badly........then no doubt I shall be able give good fitting reports on all of the different models that I test....if that will help others in the future.
 
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