2013 MINI Cooper Coupe Interior
This interior review was written when the 2013 MINI Cooper Coupe was new.
With its dash-mounted toggle switches and large, centrally-located speedometer, the 2013 Mini Cooper Coupe shares many of the design cues seen across the Mini line. Reviewers say that while the Coupe’s stylish interior has enough room for a 6-foot-tall driver, there are a few drawbacks. A few test drivers note that Mini interiors prioritize appearance over function, with features that look cool but aren’t the easiest to use.
- "And if an extra pair of seats or additional cargo space are a higher priority than your sense of style, the Cooper Hardtop offers Mini's fun looks and dynamic ride with more everyday practicality." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2012)
- "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 (2012)
- "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 (2012)
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 taller than 6 feet have enough headroom. Still, some test drivers say that rearward visibility could be better from the driver’s seat. Manually-adjustable cloth seats come standard, while seating options include sport seats with more aggressive bolstering, Recaro sport seats, cloth and leather upholstery, leather upholstery and heated seats.
- "One caveat for drivers: The Coupe's small greenhouse compromises side and rear visibility, especially when the rear spoiler rises." -- 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 (2012)
- "Just as you think the rear screen might be just a touch too small, the rear spoiler pops up and robs you of much of what little rearward vision was there." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "Despite our early expectation that the cabin might be gun-turret confining, the raked back windshield and wraparound backlight offer excellent outward visibility, so driver confidence soars." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)
The 2013 Mini Cooper Coupe comes standard with a six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth connectivity and HD Radio. Options include automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon stereo system, navigation and the Mini Connected infotainment system, which includes a 6.5-inch color display and smartphone integration.
While the 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, which is used to select entertainment and information functions. One reviewer notes that the system could be more user-friendly.
- "There is, of course, the larger-than-life speedometer in the very center of the dash, a gauge whose circumference is only slightly smaller than the steering wheel. Mini's standard, eccentric array of tiny buttons, knobs and toggle switches are also par for the course, and just as potentially frustrating as ever." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "That vast and silly central speedo works no better in here than in any other Mini." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "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 (2012)
- "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 (2012)
Although the 2013 Coupe has just 9.8 cubic feet of trunk space, reviewers say that it’s usefully-designed with a standard pass-through to accommodate longer items. That’s more cargo space than what the Mazda Miata or Subaru BRZ offer, and one test driver also notes that the Coupe has a useful parcel shelf behind its seats.
- "While style is the priority in this niche vehicle, the Coupe is not totally impractical. A wide-opening rear hatch and a decent amount of cargo space make this car a joyous and fuel-efficient grocery fetcher, as long as you're not shopping at Costco." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2012)
- "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 (2012)
- "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 (2012)