All round visibility is very good especially as there aren’t any solid ‘B’ or ‘C’ pillars to get in the way. The MINI feels as at home in the country as it does around town and parking is a breeze.
The retro toggle switchgear can be a little fiddly to use and we were puzzled as to why the driver’s electric window was one shot up / down, yet the passengers was only one shot down. Maybe there was a problem with our car as I cannot believe MINI would penny pinch. The horn is difficult to use as you have to aim for one of two buttons on the wheel, which on narrow county lanes is not easy.
The central speedo takes sometime to get used to, although if you have opted for the trip computer which sits in the rev. counter, there is the option to digitally display the speed directly in front of the driver.
We did like the interior light package which comes as part of the Salt package (£300), this gives you puddle lights in the doors, lighting in the door handles and provides you with subtle interior lighting.
We commend the drive off locking which operates at 10 mph but it automatically unlocks the doors when you turned off the ignition (you maybe able to switch this off).
Access to the front seats is easy in the MINI as the doors nearly open at right angles. The front seats effortlessly slide forward and return to their initial position to allow rear passengers to enter/exit. The rear seats nearly fold flat to increase the boot space from 150 litres (VDA) to a more useable 670 litres.
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