MINI Cooper Roadster Interior
The 2015 Mini Roadster earns praise for its eye-catching interior styling, and critics say its materials are decent for the class. However, reviewers report that the Roadster’s controls aren’t very user-friendly. The Roadster has an unlined fabric top, and critics point out that it lets in a lot of road noise. Critics say the cabin is narrow and visibility is poor, though they do appreciate the ample head- and legroom.
- "MINI's models are known for their striking interiors, and the Roadster's cabin is no different." -- AutoTrader
- "You're greeted by the huge centrally mounted speedometer, the row of toggle switches for power windows and locks and the many rounded styling flourishes that have helped set the British carmaker's models apart from the competition. As cool as they look, however, a lot of the controls and gauges aren't the best from an ergonomic and functional standpoint." -- Edmunds
- "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)
The 2015 Mini Roadster seats two, comes standard with leatherette upholstery and is available with sport seats, leather upholstery and heated seats. While critics point out that the Roadster could use more elbow room, they say its seats are supportive and offer plenty of head- and legroom. However, they agree that the unlined convertible top lets in a lot of wind noise, and that rearward visibility is quite poor.
- "The powered fabric top raises and lowers quickly, but it lacks the extra insulation found in most other convertibles. As such, it does a poor job of sealing out wind and road noise. Rearward visibility also suffers when the roof is raised." -- Edmunds
- "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)
Standard features in the 2015 Mini Roadster include automatic climate control, automatic windshield wipers, a six-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio input, a USB input, HD Radio and Bluetooth. Available features include rear parking sensors, a Harman Kardon sound system, satellite radio, navigation and the Mini Connected infotainment system, which includes a 6.5-inch display, smartphone app integration and voice recognition.
Test drivers say the Roadster’s basic controls, including the small window switches, are attractive, but difficult to use. They add that the optional Mini Connected system offers lots of helpful infotainment features, like in-dash control of Pandora Internet radio, but using the system can be a challenge because its central control knob isn’t user-friendly.
- "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
- "The optional Mini Connected infotainment system packs in a lot of features, including voice commands and iPhone app integration that lets you stream Internet radio, access social media and more. … Some functions, however, require the car to be parked to access, and using Mini Connected can be tricky due to the limited functionality of the controller knob." -- Edmunds
- "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)
The 2015 Mini Roadster has 8.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for a small convertible. That’s better than the cargo capacity of the Mazda Miata and the Nissan 370Z Roadster, though larger competitors like the Ford Mustang Convertible have more spacious trunks. The Roadster has a pass-through directly behind the seats, which critics say is handy for in-cabin access or longer items.
- "As you would expect of a small two-seat convertible, the Roadster's cargo space is modest. Still, the car's design does provide more -- 8.5 cubic feet -- than the Mini Cooper Convertible's 5.7 cubic feet." -- Edmunds
- "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 (2014)
- "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)
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