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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
The new radio controls have changed but perhaps less than it would seem at first....It’s more intuitive but it’s not quite perfect yet.
We found the technology package fairly easy-to-use and navigate, despite the fact the screen is not touch sensitive.
As has been the case since the Cooper's debut, a multitude of dealer-installed features are additionally available.
At long last some serious attention has been paid to cleaning up the Mini's haphazardly arrayed instrument panel.
New optional extras include ambient lighting that can be set to any of 756 colors, and auto-dimming side-view mirrors.
Car and Driver
Although there are a myriad of options available for any MINI Cooper trim, the base models of both the hatch and the Convertible aren't comprehensive in their feature sheets. If you're like most MINI owners, that's not a problem: you'll want to customize it anyway.
The keyfob for the Cooper replaces a traditional key or ignition button. Standard features include power windows, locks, and mirrors; an AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input jack; ambient lighting; and Convertibles feature a power-folding cloth top that takes just 15 seconds from open to close, and operates at speeds up to 18 mph.
Optional equipment includes a 10-speaker stereo, joystick-controlled navigation system, USB/iPod interface, and Bluetooth connectivity. Once you've specified the equipment, it's open season on appearance tweaks with a huge range of paint, trim, decal, roof, and mirror options, plus a selection of performance and handling upgrades as well.
The 2011 MINI Cooper/Convertible is one of the most customizable cars on the road, but you can end up paying heavily for the privilege.