The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The driver's seat in the Mini is comfortable and has a wide range of adjustment as standard. The controls can be fiddly, though, particularly the lever that alters the angle of the spring-loaded backrest. Shorter drivers might struggle to slide the seat far enough forwards to comfortably push the clutch all the way down. You can’t have adjustable lumbar support with base Classic trim but it is available as part of an optional seat upgrade on Sport and comes as standard on Exclusive and JCW models.
The space restrictions of a compact interior mean that the three pedals sit a little off centre. They’re also quite close together so big shoes can end up getting caught on neighbouring pedals – drivers with larger feet will need to exercise a delicate touch. Analogue dials are standard and we wouldn't bother with the digital display that's added with the Navigation Pack as it doesn’t show a great deal of extra information. The head-up display that comes with the Navigation Plus pack is clear and puts useful info in your line of sight, though.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The three-door Mini has reasonable all-round visibility compared to its rivals, but chunky front pillars can limit your view at junctions. The rear pillars are far slimmer so the view over your shoulder is good and the compact shape means it’s easy to judge the car’s extremities.
That means that parking is a doddle, even if you don’t have the rear sensors that come as standard on Sport trim and above. If you’d like front parking sensors and a rear-view camera, you’ll have to spring for the Comfort Plus pack, which also adds an automatic parking system that will steer the car into a space for you.