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MSRP: $21,450 - $31,350
Invoice: $19,735 - $28,840
MPG: 29 City / 37 Hwy
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MINI Cooper Coupe Interior

Reviewers note that the 2014 Mini Coupe shares many of the design cues seen across the Mini line, which include dash-mounted toggle switches and a large, centrally located speedometer. Most reviewers think that the interior is stylish, but some say that there are too many hard plastic surfaces in the cabin. Additionally, a few test drivers note that Mini interiors prioritize appearance over function, with features that look cool but aren’t the easiest to use.

  • "Mini interiors can take a little getting used to, but in a charming way, and the Coupe is no exception." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "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)
  • "As expected, the interior of the Coupe is done up with typical Mini flair, including the infamous toggle switches, giant speedometer and body-colored panels. They're all nice nods to the original Mini, but in terms of practicality, it comes off as a bit gimmicky." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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)

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Seating

The Mini Cooper Coupe seats two and despite its diminutive stature, some reviewers say that even tall drivers will be comfortable. The roofline is lower than the standard Mini Cooper’s, 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, and that the cabin can feel a bit cramped. Manually adjustable leatherette seats come standard, while seating options include sport seats with more aggressive bolstering, Recaro sport seats, cloth and leather upholstery and heated seats.

  • "The seats are comfy and, just as important, quite supportive." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "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) 
  • "At best, the Coupe's cabin feels intimate; at worst, it's claustrophobic. There is no shortage of headroom (thanks to a double-bubble headliner), but unlike the airy feeling in the high-roof Cooper, the Coupe's cabin itself feels rather tight." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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)

Interior Features

The 2014 Mini 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. Audio and climate controls could also be more legible and more logically placed, according to some reviewers. 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, the Mini Connected infotainment system has a small joystick that is used to select entertainment and information functions. One reviewer notes that the system could be more user-friendly.

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  • "Locations and operations of various switches borders on eccentric, but familiarity breeds, well, an easy familiarity and soon it's all just fine." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "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 Mini Cooper Coupe has more cargo space than what the Mazda Miata or Subaru BRZ offer, with 9.8 cubic feet of space and a pass-through to accommodate longer items. Reviewers say that the Mini Coupe’s cargo hold is usefully designed, with room for a couple suitcases beneath the hatch. Some test drivers also note that the cabin offers plenty of space to store small items.

  • "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)
  • "Access to the trunk is rather easy, at least, as the rear glass lifts up with the trunk lid like a hatchback." -- Edmunds (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: 5/13/14

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