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2017 MINI Cooper Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 MINI Cooper was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The 2017 Mini Cooper features an attractive interior design that’s nicer than most rivals, with materials that are high quality. It also offers many customizable options. Space for passengers is good up front, but lacking in the back. Cargo room is also unimpressive. Reviewers think the infotainment system functions well.

  • "Step into the 2017 Mini Hardtop and you'll find a cabin with materials of a higher quality than those in other small cars. Soft-touch plastics coat the doors and dashboard, which can be customized with several different trim coverings. Ambient lighting on the doors changes color depending on which driving mode is selected." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside the cabin, all Cooper models offer improved ergonomics, better materials and our personal favorite feature: a novel ring of LED lights around the center display screen." -- AutoTrader (2016)
  • "There's an odd dichotomy between the 2016 Mini Cooper Hardtop interior's blend of modern tech and retro styling. There's the huge circular center display, which houses either the speedometer or the infotainment system depending on options. The various toggles look decidedly retrograde, but are in charge of modern functions like the keyless ignition. There's nothing retro about the comfortable seats, clever packaging and slick head-up display on the windshield." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Seating

The 2017 Cooper Hardtop 2 Door and convertible seat four, and the Hardtop 4 Door seats five. All models come standard with leatherette upholstery and are available with leather seating, heated front seats, and sport seats.

Space for the front two passengers is sufficient, with supportive seats that give the driver a good vantage point. The back seat offers significantly less room, especially in two-door models. Some reviewers think the four-door Mini is more accommodating and can fit average-size adults.

  • The Hardtop's front seats offer firm support and an ideal driving position. Whether you choose the two-door or the four-door, though, rear passenger space is pretty tight." -- Edmunds
  • The 4-door offers reasonable room for two, with a center seating position if you absolutely must cram five people in the car." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The Hardtop 4-Door, as Mini has dubbed it, packs 2.9 additional inches of wheelbase and is 6.3 inches longer overall. More than half of the extra wheelbase (1.5 inches) goes into rear seat legroom, and it transforms those perches into somewhat usable stowage for grown-ups. Steerage class still isn't spacious, but thanks to deeply hollowed out front seatbacks, a near-six-footer can sit behind a similarly sized driver without embedding his knees permanently in the seat structure. A slightly taller roof that's more horizontal than the three-door's provides adequate headroom." -- Car and Driver (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Mini Cooper include rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen and smartphone app integration. Options include LED headlights, auto dimming and folding mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, navigation with real-time traffic, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, satellite radio, proximity key access, an alarm system, a rearview camera, parking sensors, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and automatic parking assist.

The Cooper features a simplistic and useful infotainment system with an impressive display on the optional 8.8-inch screen. Mini’s decision to return the speedometer and window switches to traditional places in the interior has been praised by critics and customers alike.

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  • “We like the Hardtop's easy-to-read gauges, and the available 8.8-inch central display screen is notable for its sophisticated feature set and exceptionally crisp graphics. Similar to BMW's iDrive, the display is operated by a controller knob on the center console. It takes some time to learn how to use, but overall it's a comprehensive and very useful system. One downside is that when you lower the center armrest, it's nearly impossible to reach the low-mounted infotainment controller." -- Edmunds
  • "We're impressed with updates to the MINI Cooper's interior, which were largely designed to address customer feedback. For example: Though we liked the look of the car's center-mounted speedometer, as it's simply more convenient when it's located behind the steering wheel. We also prefer door-mounted window switches to last year's position in the center control stack." -- AutoTrader (2016)
  • "The infotainment system is a version of iDrive, which has matured into an intuitive and easy-to-use system. As this is a modern Mini and not a clinical German hatch, whimsical touches like the glowing and color changing mood right around the screen can be found on the inside." -- AutoWeek (2015)

Cargo

Two-door Mini Cooper models have 8.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk and 34 cubic feet with the back seat folded down. Four-door models have 13.1 cubic feet and 40.7 cubic feet, respectively.

For both versions, cargo space with the second row in use is below average for the class. The maximum room is more on par with other subcompact cars.

  • Cargo capacity for the two-door measures a puny 8.7 cubic feet behind the rear seatbacks, expanding to 34 cubes with those seatbacks folded down. The four-door expands to 13.1 and 40.7 cubic feet, respectively. Even the two-door's numbers actually aren't terrible for the subcompact class, and as we learned from a yearlong test of a 2014 Mini Cooper hatchback, the car's boxy shape makes it more versatile than you might think." -- Edmunds
  • The balance of the stretch goes into a larger luggage area, which grows from 8.7 to 13.1 cubic feet with the rear seat in place and from 38.0 to 40.7 with it folded. A new 60/40 folding seatback allows this additional volume to be allocated between passengers and stuff as needed. The Hardtop 4-Door still can't match the packaging magic of the Honda Fit, and is more like the Ford Fiesta in both exterior size and interior space." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "But appeal is one thing, and utility is another. As wonderful as MINIs are to slip into tight spaces, they're not much help when you need to haul four adults or bulky cargo. That's especially true with the ragtop model; as the convertible top pretty much ensures that you'll never fit sizable objects in back." -- AutoTrader (2015)

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