MINI 5-Door Hatch interior
Ok, so space is not exactly in abundance in the Mini, even with those rear doors, but it is a smart and stylish place to be
Unlike in the Audi A1 Sportback and VW Polo, the Mini doesn’t come with a cabin covered in sharp angles and supposedly cool creases. Intead, you get a funky, retro design that harks back to the sixties’ original with plenty of big, bold details.
Take the infotainment system, for example. Rather than stuck up on the dashboard like an iPad in a shop window, the Mini’s screen is neatly integrated into a mood-lit circular frame on the dashboard that takes inspiration from the original Mini’s massive central speedometer.
Other stylish touches include the sculpted circular air vents and airplane-style toggle switches for several features at the bottom of the centre console. Even the button to start the engine gets a classy chrome makeover.
Minis have always let you add a load of different extras on to make the car truly your own and that is the case on this version, too. Chrome lining, carbon fibre style details, a sport leather steering wheel and darkened glass are all offered.
The infotainment's mood-lit screen is a massive hat-tip to the original Mini of the 1960s, and I love that
- 1. Tell us what you want from a car
- 2. We’ll tell you if it matches
- 3. Only takes 1 minute
As part of the most recent revisions to the Mini range in 2021, every model now comes with an 8.8-inch colour display right in the middle of the dashboard.
The graphics are good and the touch screen menus are easy to navigate through, but the rotary click wheel controller on the centre console is a little too far to reach if you’re tall. Even more frustrating, however, is the fact that the central armrest in its lowest setting completely covers the click wheel and the handy shortcut buttons.
Bluetooth connectivity is standard, but you can’t get Android Auto, regardless of which optional extras you pay for.
If you’re an iPhone devotee, this isn’t a problem, but for Apple CarPlay you’ll still have to pay extra for one of the two optional Navigation packs. The more basic pack isn’t cheap, but the Navigation Plus pack will set you back quite a bit more again.
However, you may well think these are worth the money because they both include a range of additional equipment over and above Apple CarPlay.
The basic packs adds a digital instrument display and real-time traffic updates; while the Navigation Plus pack gets a wireless charge pad, a head-up display and better Bluetooth and more connected infotainment services. Just know that that digital instrument display doesn’t have the best graphics, and can be tricky to read in direct sunlight.