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2019 MINI Cooper Interior Review

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Interior: 6.6

The 2019 Mini Hardtop and convertible have high-end interiors with uniquely Mini styling. The front seats are plush and comfortable, and the technology features are generally simple to use. However, cargo and rear-seat space is tight, even by subcompact car standards.

  • "For the most part, the Mini has excellent interior materials, using less hard plastic than competitors. Occasional creaks diminish the overall impression of quality a bit." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the 2019 Mini Cooper Hardtop and Convertible artfully blend modern technology (new 6.5-inch touch screen) with retro kitsch (chrome toggles that look vintage 1966). The centrally mounted touch screen dominates the dash, which also features a tachometer and speedometer mounted in a large pod behind the steering wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

In their standard setup, the two-door Mini Hardtop and convertible both seat four people on leatherette upholstery. The four-door model seats five. Leather seats and heated front seats are available.

The front seats are comfortable and well-cushioned, but the back seats are tight, especially in convertible and two-door Minis. Taller occupants can comfortably fit in the back of four-door models for short trips. The short doors make it easy to enter or exit the front of this car, but it’s trickier to get into the back.

The two-door Mini Hardtop has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats in the rear outboard seats. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats and can be hard to maneuver around.

  • Moreover, we like the Mini seats. They’re modern, not retro, and they are both comfortable and supportive. Remember this, though: Back-seat room isn’t great. Three people can fit across the back bench of the 4-door Hardtop, but they’ll be rubbing elbows and thighs." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The short (lengthwise) doors and tall opening make getting in and out of the front seats easy, even in tight spots. They do, however, complicate access to the rear seats, forcing an inelegant stoop and crawl." -- Edmunds
  • "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

Every Mini Hardtop and convertible come standard with rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 6.5-inch display. An 8.8-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, wireless device charging, and Apple CarPlay are available, as is dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a panoramic sunroof. Available safety features include front parking sensors, parallel park assist, a head-up display, and adaptive cruise control.

Mini's infotainment system, adapted from BMW's, is generally easy to use. There are plenty of well-placed physical controls, all styled with Mini’s unique flourishes. However, some reviewers note that the placement of the parking brake and center armrest made it tricky to reach some functions.

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  • Operating the low-mounted infotainment dial is challenging due to the obtrusive center armrest and parking brake. The system itself is well-executed, with many logically placed switches and buttons." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, today's Cooper offers better materials as well as controls that have sacrificed some whimsy in favor of improved function. We approve. At the same time, there are still plenty of unique elements that make a MINI a MINI. There are still toggle switches, special upholstery and trim types, and our personal favorite feature: the circular center display, which boasts a novel ring of LED lights. They serve a number of different functions, acting as a tachometer, parking proximity display and even an alert for upcoming navigation system directions." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "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

Cargo space in this vehicle varies depending on body type. The convertible has a 5.7-cubic-foot trunk and 7.6 cubic feet behind the folded front seats. The two-door car has 8.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 34 cubic feet with them folded down. The four-door hardtop has the most space, offering 13.1 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 40.7 cubic feet behind the front seats. Most rivals, especially hatchbacks, have more total cargo space.

  • Cargo space is tight, at a tiny 8.7 cubic feet, as is interior storage with small but numerous bins. Maximum cargo is slightly above average at 38 cubes. A clever trunk floor panel keeps the load surface flat and conceals a bin underneath." -- Edmunds
  • 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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