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Available with a dizzying array of personalizing accessories
Options such as a navigation system, iPod interface
top "can be fully opened in just 15 sec.
Road & Track
The base MINI Cooper and Convertible don't come with comprehensive standard equipment, but the options and custom-detail offerings from MINI let drivers tailor their cars to an exquisite degree.
Each MINI Cooper includes a round keyfob that takes the place of a metal key and an on-off ignition button; ambient lighting; power windows, locks, and mirrors; and an AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary jack. Kelley Blue Book reports "the 2010 MINI Cooper's standard equipment includes a push-button engine stop/start, AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and MP3 capability, [and] air conditioning." Edmunds adds that "full power accessories" are standard across the lineup.
On convertibles, a fabric power-folding roof opens and closes in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 18 mph. The ragtop also has an Openometer, a gauge that keeps track of how long the car's roof has been down. The styling across the lineup is virtually identical, however, and all three models boast a convertible top that Road & Track says "can be fully opened in just 15 sec. at speeds of up to 20 mph." Autoblog reviewers find that if you "press the switch above the mirror...the portion of the roof above the front seats slides back," leaving the rear roof in place but opening up the cabin directly above the front occupants. Cars.com reports that the 2010 MINI Cooper Convertible comes with "standard power windows and locks, plus keyless entry," along with "standard air conditioning with a climate-controlled glove box."
A premium 10-speaker stereo is optional, as are a difficult-to-use, joystick-controlled navigation system, a USB iPod interface, and Bluetooth connectivity. And of course, MINI offers a huge list of paint, trim, and tuning options-everything from a Union Jack decal for the roof, to painted wheels, to the John Cooper Works package of turbo, suspension, handling, braking, and wheel/tire upgrades. It's what ConsumerGuide calls "a dizzying array of personalizing accessories."
While many of the options are available individually, Kelley Blue Book notes that some packages are offered as well, including a Premium Package that adds "steering wheel-mounted controls, power glass panoramic sunroof and automatic air conditioning." Kelley Blue Book also states that the "Convenience Package includes [a] universal garage remote, Bluetooth connectivity or Hi-Fi radio, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and center arm rest." Edmunds reviewers list some of the other options available for the 2010 MINI Cooper, such as as "xenon headlights, cruise control, rear park assist, front and/or rear foglamps...heated seats, heated power-folding mirrors."
The only problem with the options? They inflate the price of the already-expensive 2010 MINI Cooper lineup rather quickly.
The 2010 MINI Cooper/Convertible is your canvas-just be careful of how much you spend on paint.