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MSRP: $22,000 - $31,900
Invoice: $20,240 - $29,350
MPG: 29 City / 37 Hwy
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MINI Cooper Coupe Interior

Test drivers appreciate the 2015 Mini Coupe’s quirky interior styling, but they note that the controls are difficult to use. Though some critics expect higher-quality materials from the Mini brand, they also point out that the materials are in line with class expectations. Visibility is poor out of the Coupe’s cabin, though critics do like the seats, which are supportive and offer good headroom.

  • "Mini interiors can take a little getting used to, but in a charming way, and the Coupe is no exception." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "But though materials are generally price-appropriate, the low-rent plastic used for a few controls and interior panels is a big letdown, given Mini's near-premium brand image." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The Coupe retains the usual menagerie of Mini-styled interior buttons and flair, but to a lesser, more attractive degree." -- Motor Trend (2012)

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Seating

The 2015 Mini Coupe seats two and comes standard with leatherette upholstery. Sport seats with more aggressive bolstering, Recaro sport seats, heated seats and seats with leather accents are optional. Reviewers agree that the Coupe has supportive seats and plenty of headroom thanks to two large indentations in the headliner. However, they say the Coupe’s distinctive roofline yields poor rearward visibility and contributes to a claustrophobic feel in the cabin.

  • "There's no shortage of headroom in the Coupe. Still, it can feel cramped inside, compared with the Hardtop hatchback, partly because the sloping roof line limits visibility out the back." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats are comfy and, just as important, quite supportive." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "The Coupe has no back seat, and visibility through the tiny rear window is severely compromised. When the pop-up rear spoiler is deployed, it's tough to see anything behind you." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Mini Coupe include automatic climate control, automatic windshield wipers and a six-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio input, Bluetooth and HD Radio. Available features include rear parking sensors, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon audio system, navigation and the Mini Connected infotainment system, which includes a 6.5-inch color display, voice recognition and smartphone app integration. 

Most critics say the Coupe’s retro-inspired audio and climate controls are attractive but aren’t labeled well and require you to press multiple buttons to change simple settings. They add that the central knob that operates the optional Mini Connected infotainment system could be easier to use.

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  • "As neat as the instruments and controls look, they're not as readable and intuitive to operate as they should be, especially compared with what Mini has done with the newest Cooper hatchback." -- Edmunds
  • "Climate controls also sit low, are poorly marked, and needlessly clumsy. Ditto the standard audio unit, which requires drilling through cryptic labels and multiple menus for even simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "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)

Cargo

The 2015 Mini Coupe has 9.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which is on par with what other small sports cars offer. The Coupe has a small trunk pass-through for longer items, and critics say the Coupe’s hatchback design makes it a cinch to access your cargo. Reviewers also appreciate the Mini Coupe’s large glove compartment and handy door pockets.

  • "The integrated trunk lid and rear window swing up together, as on a hatchback, which makes it easy to access your gear." -- Edmunds
  • "Small-item storage consists of a good-size drop-down dashboard glovebox, useful pockets behind the door-pulls, and a plasticky pull-down center armrest/cubby that seems designed mostly for phones." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "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)
Review Last Updated: 12/5/14

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