2012 MINI Cooper Coupe Interior
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With its dash-mounted toggle switches and the large, centrally-located speedometer, reviewers say that the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe shares many of the design cues seen across the Mini line. That’s generally a good thing, since the Coupe’s stylish interior has enough room for 6-foot tall drivers, but there are a few drawbacks.
Some test drivers say that Mini interiors prioritize appearance over function, with features that look cool but aren’t the easiest to use. Additionally, Mini’s optional multimedia system could be more user-friendly. However, the Coupe surprises many reviewers with surprisingly-useful cargo space, which gives this affordable sports car decent utility.
- "As was expected, the Mini Coupe is strictly a two-seat affair, although it does offer some extended luggage capacity behind the front seats. This may not be dubbed a hatchback, but the Coupe actually uses a rear hatch to access the cargo area." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The Coupe retains the usual menagerie of Mini-styled interior buttons and flair, but to a lesser, more attractive degree. Say thank you to the monochromatic color schemes for that." -- Motor Trend
- "Inside, this new Coupe retains basic Mini design cues from its highly supportive sport seats forward, but gains a number of special touches to help foster its own identity." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The dash and door panels look very cool with many shapes, colors and textures, and get bonus fashion points for their use of chrome toggle switches in lieu of boring plastic buttons, but it's just as much an ergonomic disaster as any other modern Mini. All the frequently used switchgear is placed at the very bottom of the center stack (window up/down, central locking...). This location is not particularly intuitive or easy to reach while driving." -- Autoblog
The Mini Cooper Coupe only seats two, but reviewers say that despite its diminutive stature, even tall drivers will be comfortable. The roofline is lower than the standard Mini Cooper, but two large indentations in the headliner ensure that even those over six feet tall have enough headroom.
- "Inside, the architecture will be familiar to anyone who knows Mini but if you look up, you'll see scoops in the roof lining like the one Dan Gurney used in his GT40. They won't help you win Le Mans, but they do mean the Coupe offers just as much head space as the taller hatch, which is a neat trick." -- Edmunds
- "With its roofline lowered by just over an inch, entering the Mini Coupe does favor those who are slightly more flexible. However, once inside, the seating position is identical to the Hardtop, as is the view forward from behind its multi-function sport steering wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Surrounding the two occupants inside the Coupe is a highly stylized cabin very similar in appearance to what Mini offers in the rest of its line, except now there's two giant indentations in the roof to make sure even those well over six-feet-tall have plenty of head room." -- Autoblog
While the Mini Coupe’s interior features an eye-catching design, many reviewers agree that like other Minis, its switchgear isn’t conveniently placed. Window controls, for example, are located on the lower portion of the center stack. Additionally, many complain that the large, centrally-mounted speedometer isn’t in the driver’s line of sight.
Rather than a touch-screen or a knob-based controller, Coupes equipped with the Mini Connected user interface feature a small joystick that’s used to select entertainment and information functions. One reviewer notes that the system could be more user-friendly.
- "That vast and silly central speedo works no better in here than in any other Mini." -- Edmunds
- "The cartoonish speedometer stays at its center stage position atop the dash; so, too, does the tachometer behind the comfortable steering wheel. But Mini's somewhat tricky multimedia interface remains." -- Motor Trend
- "The trick Mini Connected system that provides in-car access to a variety of online services via the iPhone." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Do note that there's no touchscreen in the Mini Coupe (or any other vehicle with Mini Connected). Instead, there's a tiny joystick between the front seats that operates the system. Instead of using four-way directional movement, the joystick spins to move up and down the menu structure, and a press down on the stick selects an item. It's not necessarily difficult to use, but it's not as simple as it could be, either." -- Autoblog
Although the 2012 Coupe has just seven cubic feet of trunk space, reviewers say that it’s usefully designed with a standard pass-through to accommodate longer items.
- +"Though the Coupe's cabin is largely identical to most other Mini models, the biggest departure lies with the back seats: there aren't any. Instead, Coupe models make do with a moderate-sized package shelf -- perfect for backpacks, purses, camera bags, or other small parcels." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Thanks to the removal of the rear seats, the trunk has been substantially enlarged." -- Edmunds
- "Wide or tall things will have forgo the Coupe's cargo cubby -- by our estimates, two carry-on roller boards can fit snugly inside the Coupe's area." -- Motor Trend
- "The one and only thing about the Mini Coupe that is undeniably handy, in all honesty, is its cargo space. It's the most capacious Mini in the entire lineup, albeit that's when comparing spaces with the rear seats left up." -- Autoblog