The 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible offers much in the way of passenger room and an easily operated top, but reviewers from different sources noted some issues with build quality.
Interior space almost equals the Cooper's; MINI’s convertible has a backseat that’s more than snug with the front seats positioned where the driver and front passenger would likely have them. Headroom is, of course, no problem. The convertible loses none of the functionality of the sedan and even adds some since the trunk has a small tailgate.
TheCarConnection.com finds that the 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible provides quite a bit of space for the front passengers. Edmunds says, "even those taller than 6 feet will find a comfortable seating position" due to the available space for maneuvering seats to adjust legroom. In the backseat of the Cooper, MINI passengers will have plenty of headroom, but the knee space might be compromised, even if the front seats are barely moved back--and when they're "fully rearward," says ConsumerGuide, legroom "disappears."
Cars.com points out “sport bucket seats are standard on the S trim level and optional on the base convertible. But all versions of the front seats, driver and passenger, include manual seat-height adjustments.” They add, “the seats are supportive and comfortable in the European tradition. I could use a center armrest, and apparently others have asked for the same.”
Storage space is slightly limited in the 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible, although the rear seats fold down 50/50, allowing for more cargo room.
ConsumerGuide says the "interior decor is a distinctive, complex blend of colors, shapes, and textures, all with solid workmanship," and Edmunds says the 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible has “solid-as-a-block-of-steel rigidity.” However, Cars.com’s test machine had issues with quality construction. “It rattles,” they write. “And squeaks. A lot.”