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MSRP: $25,550 - $35,700
Invoice: $23,505 - $32,845
MPG: 28 City / 35 Hwy
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MINI Cooper Roadster Interior

Reviewers note that the 2014 Mini Roadster’s interior shares a number of styling cues that are seen in other Mini models, including the large, centrally-located speedometer and toggle switches for controls like the windows. Some say that the Roadster’s interior materials are better than those in most cars in the class, though others note that the cabin is narrow, and that an unlined convertible top lets a lot of noise in at higher speeds.

  • "MINI's models are known for their striking interiors, and the Roadster's cabin is no different." -- AutoTrader
  • "Despite a lot of plastic, interior materials are better than average." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "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)

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Seating

The 2014 Roadster seats two, and while some test drivers note that the cabin is narrow with limited elbow room, they also appreciate the Mini Roadster’s comfortable and supportive front seats, which offer plenty of head- and legroom. A few test drivers complain that rearward visibility is poor with the top up, and the Roadster’s unlined fabric top draws criticism for letting more road and wind noise in than some critics would like. Manually-adjustable leatherette seats come standard, while seating options include sport seats with more aggressive bolstering, leather seats and heated seats.

  • "Unlike the four-seat Mini Cooper convertible, the Roadster takes a more frugal approach and, as a result, suffers from a distinct lack of refinement. The Roadster's single-layer folding fabric top (as opposed to the Convertible's twin-layer) lets quite a bit of road and wind noise into the cabin and leaves the top's mechanicals exposed to the occupants." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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)
  • “The seats are long-haul comfortable and high-g-load supportive. ...” -- Car and Driver (2012)

Interior Features

The 2014 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.

Some reviewers say that the some of the Roadster’s switchgear isn’t conveniently placed, noting that controls like the toggle switches for the windows have some visual appeal, but could be easier to use. Still, a few test drivers appreciate that the Mini Connected infotainment system offers in-dash control of smartphone apps like Pandora Internet radio, and some like that settings are accessed with a knob instead of through a touch screen.

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  • "Opt for MINI Connected and you get an on-board computer with Internet music integration, so you don't have to fuss around with your mobile device to stream tunes. Of course, the Roadster includes Bluetooth and USB/iPod adapters, but it's hard to beat the convenience of snapping your phone into a centrally mounted charging cradle." -- AutoTrader
  • "As expected, the interior of the Roadster 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) 
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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)

Cargo

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 the Mini Convertible’s cargo hold and the Mazda Miata’s trunk. Like the Mini Coupe, the Roadster has a pass-through directly behind the seats, which critics say is handy for in-cabin access or longer items.

  • "Truncated though it may be, the trunk is capable of holding a useful 8.5 cubic feet of cargo whether the top is up or down, and its usefulness is extended by a pass-through feature that allows the storage of long items such as skis." -- Left Lane News
  • "The Roadster does manage to improve upon the Convertible in one area: cargo capacity. Featuring a more conventional trunk lid instead of the Convertible's odd tailgate-style opening, the Roadster can hold up to 8.5 cubic feet (the Convertible tops out at 6 cubes)." -- Edmunds (2013) 
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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