Mini Hatchback hatchback driving position
The driver's seat is comfortable and there's a wide range of adjustment, including for height, as standard, although the controls can be hard to reach – particularly the lever to alter the angle of the spring-loaded backrest. Shorter drivers might struggle to get the seat far enough forward to comfortably push the clutch all the way down.
The layout of the retro-themed dashboard looks rather higgledy-piggledy and there are a few quirky features that take time to get used to, such as an engine start toggle positioned at the base of the centre console. However, the important controls are conveniently positioned and easy to use.
Mini Hatchback hatchback visibility
The Mini has great all-round visibility, including a decent over-the-shoulder view, thanks to fairly slim pillars, while its shape means it’s easy to judge the car’s extremities.
Bright LED headlights and rear lights in a Union Jack design come as standard, while adaptive headlights can be added as an option, allowing you to keep full beam on and for the car to decide when to turn it off so it doesn’t dazzle other vehicles.
Thanks to great visibility, the Mini is not a difficult car to park, although you can add front and rear parking sensors, as well as a reversing camera. If you really fear for your wheels’ wellbeing, you can spec an automatic parking system that will steer the car into a space for you.
Mini Hatchback hatchback infotainment
As standard, the Mini gets a 6.5in colour screen, with Bluetooth, a digital radio and a USB input. The screen is controlled via a rotary switch positioned in front of the gearlever and some shortcut buttons. It’s easy to use for all the everyday functions, although menus for some of the settings are hard to find.
Sat-nav is an option on all trims and it also brings Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring. You can spend more and get an 8.8in screen with a split-screen function, more advanced sat-nav, wireless phone-charging, a second USB port and a feature that allows you to enter information by writing on a touchpad. The latter is helpful if, for example, you’re trying to input a postcode, but it can be a little fiddly to use. It isn’t cheap to upgrade to this infotainment system, but if you do it's the best available in any small car.
Mini Hatchback hatchback build quality
The Mini has a premium image and the interior lives up to that, with plenty of soft-touch plastics on the dashboard, as well as solid-feeling knobs and switches. However, there are a few areas where the plastics feel a little cheaper, with some sharp edges around the seat adjustment switches. Also, the standard, orange-backlit display looks a bit cheap, given the Mini’s upmarket placement.