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.