In the metamorphosis from Sir Alec Issigonis’s napkin sketch to a sports car, the MINI has traded practicality for looks. This is what everybody thinks, but it’s not 100 percent true. We’ll start with the good side: the boot. This is much larger than you’d expect and can cater to any transportation needs.
And that's not all. Because we are talking about a coupe that doesn’t pretend to have four seats and is straight about its two-person interior layout, you also have plenty of space behind you, where you can store stuff that you need quick access to. However, we can’t overlook the dark side of this story: the visibility, especially the rear one. Imagine you’re in the “Being John Malkovich” movie, only when you enter his head you discover he’s blind. This is how bad the rear visibility is. Yes. it’s nice to see that rear wing get up in the interior mirror, but that about all you can use it for.
From the windshield to the edge of the front seats, the cabin is very similar to that of the MINI Cabrio. Apart from the rear area we’ve detailed above, the other main difference comes from the roof. We have a pair of bubbles, which really work, allowing the car to come with a low profile and giving the occupants decent headroom at the same time.
In fact, this low roof line, together with the chop-top proportions of the glass area, acts as a sensation amplifier, giving you a perspective that makes everything feel dynamic. It’ the kind of feeling you usually get in a supercar and not all coupes have it. The roofliner is designed in such a way that when you invite someone that’s not necessarily an automotive connoisseur inside, you will be asked if the roof folds into the boot.Continue reading