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2021 MINI Cooper Interior Review

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Interior: 6.2

The 2021 Mini Hardtop and Mini Convertible have attractive interiors that manage to feel both modern and retro. There are plenty of quality materials, but occupants aren't well-insulated from outside noise. The front seats are spacious and supportive, but the rear seats are cramped, particularly in two-door models. Cargo space is subpar for the subcompact class, and there aren't a lot of standard features considering the car's price, though the infotainment system is user-friendly.

  • "A 2021 Mini is made distinct not only by its exterior but also by its interior. The cabin is full of attractive details, such as the row of switches that look like they should come from a World War II fighter plane and the 6.5-inch central touchscreen dominating the dashboard, while bringing modern technology like smartphone integration into the mix." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Mini's interior is charmingly quirky, but at the cost of user-friendliness." -- Car and Driver
  • "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 (2019)

Cargo

The Mini Cooper's cargo space varies by body style, but all models have subpar capacity compared to the rest of the subcompact car class. Two-door hardtop models give you 8.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 34 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The four-door hardtop provides 13.1 cubes behind the rear seats and 40.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

The Mini Convertible has the least space in the lineup, with a 5.7-cubic-foot trunk that expands to 7.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

  • "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 (2019)
  • "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)

Seating

The Mini Hardtop 2 Door and Convertible can seat up to four people, while the 4 Door seats five. Synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats come standard, while genuine leather is available.

Regardless of body style, space is at a premium in this Mini. That said, the front seats have ample head- and legroom, and they're comfortable and supportive. The rear seats are a tighter squeeze, but they can still accommodate adults on shorter trips.

For installing child safety seats, this Mini has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear seats.

  • "The Mini's interior is charmingly quirky, but at the cost of user-friendliness. Rear-seat passenger space is tight, but front-seat occupants will find little reason to complain." -- Car and Driver
  • "Despite retro approaches in other areas, the front seats are wonderfully current, offering comfort with plenty of support for those times when quick cornering is possible. Rear passengers won't have it quite so good. The second-row bench of the Hardtop 4 Door will take three people, as long as they don't mind rubbing elbows and thighs." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2020 Mini Cooper is small by any definition. Be it 2-door or 4-door, its tiny passenger compartment is a tough fit for anyone more than 6 feet tall. Of course, taller folks can always pony up for the convertible and drive with the top down." -- Autotrader (2020)

Interior Features

The Mini Cooper doesn't have a lot of standard features, but the infotainment system is fairly intuitive. There are physical controls for many functions, and the center stack is well-organized and easy to reach from the driver's seat, though the armrest and parking brake may interfere with easy operation of the infotainment dial. A large touch screen is available, as is Apple CarPlay, which makes it easy to sync an iPhone with the vehicle. Sadly, there's no Android Auto.

Standard features include a 6.5-inch infotainment display, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and rear parking sensors. Convertible models come with a power-folding soft top.

Available equipment includes an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, navigation, wireless device charging, a 12-speaker Harmon Kardon stereo, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and parallel park assist.

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  • "The base version of the 2021 Mini Cooper is not very well equipped and requires you to spend a lot more in order to get a little more technology." -- Car and Driver
  • "Inside, today's Cooper offers better materials as well as controls that sacrifice 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 (2020)
  • "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 (2019)
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