Mini isn’t the automaker you’d expect to enter the camping world, but that’s exactly what it did. The eccentric brand offers rooftop tents for two of its models: the Mini Countryman All4 plug-in hybrid and the fully electric Mini Cooper SE. Tents aren’t spacious places, but they allow two to get away from it all in nature without having to tow a trailer or resort to tents.
The tents, which attach to the roof rails of cars, are easy to open once the safety latches are released. The structure is lifted automatically thanks to gas springs. An eight-rung folding ladder makes it easy to get in and out. The rooftop tents can accommodate two people, with ventilation provided by roll-up windows, which have mosquito nets for the summer. Mini claims the Cooper SE is the only fully electric model in its segment that can be fitted with roof rails. The tents are available in the Mini Original Accessories range.
The large storage capacity of both models helps you during your weekend. The Cooper SE offers 211 liters (7.45 cubic feet), which is expandable to 731 liters (25.8 cubic feet). The larger Countryman offers even more space, with its 405 liters (14.3 cubic feet) that can reach 1,275 liters (45.0 cubic feet). Neither offers luxury outdoor living, but not everyone needs a full kitchen, shower, and dining area to enjoy the wilderness.
These rooftop tents also fit Mini’s more efficient vehicles. The all-electric Cooper SE doesn’t require a gas station, delivering 184 horsepower (135 kilowatts), which can send the sedan to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 7.3 seconds. The Countryman doesn’t run on pure electric power, although the plug-in hybrid system allows up to 59 kilometers (36 miles) of pure electric driving with 220 hp (162 kW) on tap. The Cooper SE can travel 203 to 234 kilometers (126 to 145 miles) on a single charge. The numbers in the range are taken from the forgiving WLTP test cycle.