2013 MINI Cooper Clubman Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 MINI Cooper Clubman was new.


Interior: 6.6

Most reviewers like the 2013 Mini Cooper Clubman’s retro-inspired interior, though they do mention that the cabin’s styling does make the climate, stereo and infotainment systems difficult to use. The Cooper Clubman seats four, and test drivers are quick to note that it doesn’t have as much passenger or cargo space as other affordable small cars.

  • "The Mini's stylish, retro exterior looks extend to the interior." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Interior decor is a distinctive, complex blend of colors, shapes, and textures, all with solid workmanship." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "As in the regular Cooper, the Clubman features the retro-inspired control setup, punctuated with toggle switches and anchored by an oversized speedometer in the center stack. Some will love the unique style of form trumping function, but others may find it annoying and pretentious." -- Edmunds (2012)


The four-seat 2013 Clubman has more interior space than the Mini Cooper, but not much more. Reviewers say adults will be cramped in the rear row because there isn’t a lot of legroom. Most appreciate the Clubman’s passenger-side access door, which eases back-seat entry and exit. One test driver says that the front seats offer good headroom, but finds that climbing in the cabin is difficult because the Cooper Clubman rides low to the ground.  

  • "Generous seat travel and a high ceiling accommodate even large occupants. Seats are firm and supportive but mounted too low for easy entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide (front seats, 2012)
  • "Fortunately, the Clubman's passenger-side access door eases the effort of climbing in and out of the backseat." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The extra three inches of wheelbase in the Clubman translate into three extra inches of rear leg room, which make the rear seats very practical for children and acceptable for two adults for short trips." -- Left Lane News 
  • "It's nowhere near as roomy as most cars in its class, but it's appreciably roomier than the regular Cooper." -- Cars.com (2011)

Interior Features

The 2013 Cooper Clubman comes standard with push-button start, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB adapter and HD Radio. Optional features include a Harman Kardon sound system, Mini Connected infotainment system, navigation system, satellite radio and rear parking sensors.

Test drivers think the Mini Connected infotainment system is a little hard to use, but not impossible to master with a little practice. A different reviewer mentions that the climate controls aren’t labeled clearly and are hard to set. The same writer says the stereo controls are also confusing because the format doesn’t make much sense. Another auto writer thinks the stereo system’s sound quality is good.

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  • "If driving requires a soundtrack, you'll be happy to know the Mini's audio system is a good one, even in standard form." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As the Mini's LCD is not a touch screen, you control the infotainment system mostly through a knob on the console. You can turn it to move up and down through menu items, or push it sideways to drill down or back up in the menu structure. Not immediately intuitive, it becomes easier to figure out over time." -- CNET (2011)
  • "Climate controls are within easier reach but poorly marked; temperature and fan settings are more difficult to adjust than they need to be. Same goes for the audio controls, which are governed by a confusing layout that can require drilling through cryptic labels and multiple menus in order to make what should otherwise be simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The 2013 Cooper Clubman has 9.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 32.8 cubic feet with them folded. Test drivers say the Cooper Clubman doesn’t have much cargo room for the class when the rear seats are in use, though the cargo room is handy when the rear seats are folded. Some reviewers also say that the Clubman lacks sufficient small-item storage in the cabin.

  • "Aside from large map pockets in the doors and a two-tier glovebox, interior storage is meager, and the console cupholders are too small to hold large cups." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The Clubman's cargo area is more than twice as large as the regular Cooper's, although with just 9.2 cubic feet of capacity, it's not exactly cavernous. Flip the rear seats down, however, and the cargo bay expands to a useful 32.8 cubes." -- Edmunds (2012)

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