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2013 MINI Cooper Interior Review

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


Interior: 6.2

The 2013 Mini Cooper has a retro-inspired cabin that reviewers like, though they think its unique design makes the interior controls hard to use. The Cooper’s small frame offers good legroom in the front seats, but rear passenger space and cargo room are very limited.

  • "Interior decor is a distinctive, complex blend of colors, shapes, and textures, all with solid workmanship." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Of all the ways to describe the Mini Cooper's interior, we doubt anyone would call it boring." -- Edmunds (2012)


The 2013 Cooper seats four and has standard faux-leather seats. Heated front seats are optional. Though the Mini Cooper’s cabin is one of the smallest in the class, reviewers think it comfortably seats two in the front seat. The front seats have good leg- and headroom, according to reviewers. The Hardtop has good all-around visibility, though one test driver says that the convertible model has large blind spots whether the top is up or down. Test drivers say the two rear seats are short on both knee- and legroom.

  • "The car's front seats are swimming in legroom, and ample headroom helps lend the cabin an open, airy feel. In back, however, things are considerably more claustrophobic, with a lack of legroom that makes seating adult passengers in comfort a virtual impossibility." -- Edmunds
  • "Hatchback visibility is great in all directions. The convertible suffers huge blind spots to the rear corners and restricted vision straight back, even with the top down." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Still, at 5-foot-4, I could sit in the back of the Mini without my knees being jammed into the front seatbacks, provided the front seats were pushed forward a bit on their tracks. But it was the upright position of the rear seatbacks that kept me from enjoying total comfort." -- Associated Press (2009)
  • "Don't get us wrong-getting in and out of the Mini's rear seat is still a pain, but we would much rather spend an hour back there than in the Fiat's back row, despite it being a few cubic feet short of the 500's." -- Car and Driver (2011)

Interior Features

The 2013 Mini Cooper comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary input jack, a USB adapter, Bluetooth and HD Radio. Optional features include a Mini Connected infotainment system, which can come with a navigation system, a Harman Kardon sound system and satellite radio.

Reviewers dislike the Mini Cooper’s quirky control layout, and several mention that it limits usability. Specifically, test drivers are annoyed that the controls for the power windows and door locks are inconveniently located at the bottom of the dashboard. Reviewers also think both the radio and climate controls are confusing and hard to read, making it unnecessarily difficult to program the systems.

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  • "The gigantic center-mounted speedometer is a reference to the Mini of old, but the design isn't entirely intuitive and is probably too cutesy for some tastes." -- Edmunds
  • "Retro-style toggle switches controlling power windows, locks, and fog lamps are mounted inconveniently low on the dashboard. 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)
  • "Radio controls are clumsy and difficult to understand, and the volume knob is inexplicably placed a couple inches below the main radio controls." -- Associated Press (2009)


With the rear seats in use, the Cooper Hardtop has 5.7 cubic feet of cargo space. That number increases to 24 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Cooper Convertible has 6 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats in use and 23.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Although the Cooper Hardtop doesn’t have as much cargo room as other hatchbacks in the class, reviewers say the space available is decent. The Cooper Convertible has about as much cargo space as the Hardtop, and while it isn’t much, the room available is good for a convertible. Few auto writers comment on the Cooper’s available interior storage, but one who does finds interior storage limited and wants larger cup holders.

  • "With just 5.7 cubic feet on tap, there's also a dearth of cargo space, but folding the rear seats flat increases that to a very usable 24 cubes." -- Edmunds
  • "Hatchbacks have a small but useful space behind the rear seat. The rear seat back folds 50/50, but the sections don't lie flat. 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)

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