2013 MINI Cooper Roadster Interior
This interior review was written when the 2013 MINI Cooper Roadster was new.
Reviewers praise the 2013 Mini Cooper Roadster for its comfortable seats, upscale cabin and a cargo hold that’s impressively large for such a small car. However, most agree that the soft top lets in too much wind noise.
- "Despite a lot of plastic, interior materials are better than average." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Surprisingly, the fabric roof is unlined, and its metal bows are visible inside. Perhaps as a result, the raised roof seems to do little to block wind noise, which at highway speeds is pronounced." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
- "The Roadster is, to put it bluntly, crude. Wind noise at highway speeds feels like a '90s throwback, and the exposed roof elements hardly smack of premium appeal." -- Edmunds (2012)
The 2013 Roadster seats two, and despite its diminutive size, reviewers comment that the seats are comfortable and supportive, with plenty of head- and legroom. Still, one critic mentions that elbow room is a little tight, and a few test drivers complain that rearward visibility is poor with the top up. Manually-adjustable cloth seats come standard, while seating options include sport seats with more aggressive bolstering, Recaro sport seats, leather seats and heated seats.
- "In a word, the 2013 Mini Cooper Roadster's 2-passenger interior is snug. Elbow room is limited, but legroom and headroom are abundant (the latter, of course, unlimited with the top down)." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Seeing out with the top raised is a bit of a challenge. Rear-quarter visibility is predictably awful, and rear park assist, which is standard in the Convertible, is missing here (it's a $500 option)." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
- "Moreover, with the roof up, the over-the-shoulder visibility is dreadful." -- Edmunds (2012)
- “The seats are long-haul comfortable and high-g-load supportive. ...” -- Car and Driver (2012)
The 2013 Mini Cooper Roadster comes standard with a semi-automatic retractable soft top and a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input, HD Radio and Bluetooth. Optional features include a Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, navigation and the Mini Connected infotainment system, which includes a 6.5-inch display, smartphone integration and voice recognition.
One reviewer says that the some of the Roadster’s switchgear isn’t conveniently placed. He notes that controls like the toggle switches for the windows have some visual appeal, but could be easier to use. Last year, reviewers wrote that the 2012 Roadster’s manual soft top was difficult to use. Those concerns should be alleviated however, as a power soft top is now standard for the 2013 model year.
- "Like other Minis, the Roadster is full of idiosyncrasies in its controls, which can be cute at first but frustrating over time, i.e. the tiny toggles used to open the windows." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "A single swivel latch in the middle of the roof (rotated 130 degrees) releases the top, which simply and neatly folds like an accordion and locks behind the seats, much like in a traditional Mazda Miata." -- Road and Track (2012)
- "Similar to BMW's iDrive, Mini Connected uses a knob near the gear shifter to navigate the screen, relieving the driver from potential touchscreen troubles." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)
- “… the nav system is easy to use and readable even with sun on the screen.” -- Car and Driver (2012)
While the Roadster doesn’t have rear seats like its stablemate, the Mini Convertible, it makes up for that deficit with cargo space that reviewers say is larger and more useful. With 8.5 cubic feet for cargo, the Roadster’s trunk is bigger than both the Mini Convertible and a direct rival, the Mazda Miata. Like the Mini Coupe, the Roadster has a pass-through directly behind the seats, which is handy for in-cabin access or longer items.
- "The Roadster's 8.5-cubic-foot trunk is larger than expected, and offers a trapdoor behind the seats that allows you to stow odds and ends without stopping." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Roadster is essentially a softtop version of the two-seat hardtop Coupe, which went on sale last fall. In both cars, the back seat area is given over to a bulkhead that has a lockable, 14-by-8-inch pass-through to an 8.5-cubic-foot trunk -- which betters the 6.0 cubic feet you get in the Convertible." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
- "If the roadster has room for only two versus the two-plus-two convertible, your lone passenger will feel flattered, and you'll have a little more room for weekend cargo-2.5 more cubic feet than in the two-plus-two-as well as a pass-through that allows stowage on the fly." -- Car and Driver (2012)
- "In common with the Coupe, the Roadster has a broad hatch that links the cockpit with the trunk. The latter has a capacity of 8.5 cubic feet, which compares more than favorably with the Miata's 5.3 cubic feet." -- Edmunds (2012)