For those looking for further storage in the MINI there are several key products you’ll want to take a look at. One of the first is Cargo Storage Case (also known as a saddle bag) that is installed just behind the rear seats and is attached to the cargo divider at the top of the boot. There are two different varieties of the saddle bag currently available. One is the MINI version which is made of up many small compartments. The other is the one that is the version reviewed here today that is essentially one very long compartment, ideal as a catch-all for about everything you can imagine.
(This review was sent in by Steve)
The Cargo Storage Case is a bag that attaches to the underside of the parcel tray in the trunk. Approximate dimensions are 32 inches wide (tapering to about 24 inches), 8 inches deep and about 3 inches tall. It’s made of what seems to be black leatherette, typically a good choice for matching the MINI interior. There is a pair of small metal zippers that run the entire length of the bag give easy access to large items and small alike. Overall the stitching, fit and finish is top notch.
Installation is straightforward, with 2 Velcro straps that wrap around the holding pins, and 2 screws that fit into existing mounting points on the bottom of the parcel tray. The black and white pictures in the installation instructions were a bit difficult to make out, but it all makes sense when you see the parts in person. The mounting holes were difficult to line up until I followed the suggestion in the instructions to use a pair of finishing nails in the holes, and remove one at a time and insert the screws.
The bag is perfect for storing all the small items I had laying around the car. I was able to fit a snow brush, ice scraper, emergency first aid kit, hat, gloves, and a small towel and still have a little bit of room to spare. While the OEM version may have the MINI logo on it, the small compartments just don’t allow the flexibility that this version does.
Overall I am very happy with the bag. It looks like it came standard with the car, and does a great job holding all the stuff I want in the car, but don’t want to see. I would rate this bag a 4.4 out of 5.
Rating: 4.5 (out of five)
The MINI Cargo Storage Case is available at Quality Auto Interior for $110.