Our cars: Mini Cooper - June

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    Priority boarding when travelling by ferry makes all the difference for a speedy getaway

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    Mini is packed to the gunwales - there's more space than you think

  • Our deputy content editor thinks the plastic fuel gauge looks like an afterthought

    Our deputy content editor thinks the plastic fuel gauge looks like an afterthought

  • Ambient light settings allow you to customise the look of the Mini's cabin

    Ambient light settings allow you to customise the look of the Mini's cabin

  • Mini's dashboard LEDs are brightening up the cabin

    Mini's dashboard LEDs are brightening up the cabin

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Mini Cooper 1.5

Read the full Mini Cooper review

Current mileage 2023
Driven this week 63

I’ve been having great fun this week getting to grips with the finer points of the Mini’s on-board technology, one of them being the LED light ring around the 8.8-inch central infotainment screen. I’ve already made it brighter so I can see the blue and red lights more clearly when changing the climate control, but wanted to figure out how to change the settings to make the lights mimic the sweep of the rev counter needle.

I have now managed to do this, thanks to the very helpful people on the totalmini.com forum. It’s simple: select settings, then centre display, then choose the relevant view; either standard or event view.

I went for the event view. This then gives you a list of options that are certain functions that can be used with the LEDs. I chose to activate all of the functions, including one called heartbeat, which I’m guessing is the clever rev counter mimicker.

I did this while the car was stationary, so need to check I’ve nailed this on my drive home tonight. Here’s hoping!

By Melanie Falconer
Melanie.Falconer@whatcar.com


Week ending June 13

Current mileage 1960
Driven this week 174

Regular Mini keeper Mel Falconer kindly said I could borrow her Cooper for a couple of days, so I made a beeline for the keys.

I’m really glad I did. This latest version is everything I want a Mini to be: it’s fun to drive, quick, classy inside and compact enough for city streets.

Best of all, though, it genuinely does make you – and other people – smile as you drive along. Twee, yes, but it’s all part of the car’s appeal.

I couldn’t have one as my only car, though. It really is small inside. The boot coped with some bags of clothes, but I had to drop the rear seats for the weekly food shopping. There’s hardly any legroom in the rear seats, either, unless those up front badly compromise their comfort by sliding their seats far forwards.

Still, if a Mini fits into your lifestyle, you’ll be driving around in one of the best and most rewarding small cars on sale.

By Barnaby Jones
Barnaby.Jones@whatcar.com

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