The driver's seat is comfortable and there's a wide range of adjustment, including height adjustment as standard, although the controls can be hard to reach – particularly the lever to alter the angle of the spring-loaded backrest. Shorter drivers may struggle to get the seat far enough forwards to comfortably push the clutch all the way down, though.
The layout of the retro-themed dashboard looks rather higgledy-piggledy, and there are a few quirky features that it takes time to get used to – such as an engine start toggle positioned at the base of the centre console, but the important controls are conveniently positioned and are easy to use.
Mini Hatchback 3dr visibility
The Mini has great all-round visibility, including a decent over-the-shoulder view thanks to the fairly slim pillars, and the bluff shape means it’s easy to judge the car’s extremities.
Consequently it’s not a difficult car to park, although you can add rear parking sensors. If you really fear for your alloy wheels’ wellbeing you can also spec an automatic parking system (which adds front parking sensors) that will steer the car into a parking space for you.
Mini Hatchback 3dr infotainment
The glaring omission in the Mini’s standard infotainment kit is a colour screen, which most rivals, including the Audi A1 and Volkswagen Polo, get as standard. However, you do get a USB socket (which allows you to play and control your music through the car’s system), Bluetooth and a digital radio as standard.
It doesn’t cost much to add a 6.5in colour screen, which is positioned low in the middle of the dashboard and replaces the narrow orange-lit readout you get as standard, so is well worth adding.
This optional screen is controlled via a rotary switch positioned in front of the gearlever, and is easy to use with a little familiarity. The standard system also has a rotary controller and shortcut buttons mounted on the upright centre console, and is easy to use for all the everyday functions, although some of the settings menus are hard to find.
Sat-nav is also a well-priced option, or you can spend more and get an 8.8in screen and more advanced sat-nav, but this isn’t really worth the extra it costs.
Mini Hatchback 3dr build quality
The Mini has a premium image, and the cabin lives up to that, with plenty of soft-touch plastics on the dashboard, and solid-feeling knobs and switches. However, there are a few areas where the plastics feel a bit cheaper, with some sharp edges around the seat adjustment switches. Also, the standard, orange-backlit display looks a little cheap, given the Mini’s upmarket placement.