Vivid proof modern models are maxi rather than mini.
It’s a known fact cars are getting bigger and bigger with each passing generation, but the growth in Mini’s case is absolutely astonishing. Practical Classics decided to demonstrate the jump in size by creating a fullsize cardboard of a 1959 Morris Mini Minor which they actually managed to squeeze inside a 2010 Countryman.
The interesting experiment was conducted in Holland and according to the folks behind the project, very minor tweaks had to be done to insert the cardboard into the Countryman’s cabin. The front end of the cardboard was deformed a little bit by the center console, while some subtle nip and tuck was necessary to stuff the cardboard replica inside.
A technical comparison between the two shows the 2010 Countryman is 34 percent longer than the classic model. Width has also increased dramatically by 43 percent while height is up by 16 percent. It’s the same story with the wheelbase that’s up by a sizeable 27 percent. The most striking gap between the two is weight, increasing by a whopping 115 percent to 1,335 kg / 2,943 lbs (from 620 kg / 1,366 lbs).
While the 2010 Countryman is undoubtedly fatter, it’s still way faster than the 1959 model. It runs to 60 mph (96 kph) in 11.9 seconds whereas the classic Morris needs 27.1 seconds to complete the same task. The chubby, modern Mini manages to achieve a substantially higher top speed of 109 mph (175 kph) whereas the tiny car will top out at 72 mph (115 kph). There’s also the matter of safety and comfort which needless to say are superior in the modern Mini compared to the cutesy classic model.
We remind you there were some rumors back in 2014 about a new entry-level Mini based on the Rocketman concept. The plan was to introduce a model which would harken to the company’s roots by proposing a simpler, small city car. We haven’t heard anything about that ever since, so it’s not known whether it will ever happen.