Ten million combinations, this is what MINI is bragging about you when you're playing with the configurator. But let's see what are the best and the worst parts of building a Paceman.
We appreciate the little details you can choose for the exterior, ranging from the colors of the roof and the various stripe packages, as well as the black headlight housings.
Climbing aboard, you can choose between two types of seats, albeit in a single four-person configuration, as well as between a leather and a leather-cloth finish.
The center rail can come in a one- or two-piece layout and allows you to place various optional accessories over it, such as armrests, storage boxes and cup holders.
Another option that we particularly appreciated was the panoramic sunroof. This covers 60 percent of the roof and, together with the design of the greenhouse, create a sophisticated atmosphere inside the car.
Alas, the launch of the Countryman hasn't changed anything in terms of MINI's feature-related limitations. It's pretty hard to say the word "premium" out loud without being bothered by the absence of certain goodies here.
We're referring to items like power seats, front parking sensors, as well as a keyless system that actually fully... keyless and doesn't require you to place the fob inside the dash.
When it comes to infotainment, MINI offers an optional Harman Kardon system that packs some serious audio punch, as part of the various packages that are used for delivering the optional features.
MINI has made sure that it can become your iPhone's best friend. Its integration means that you can use the center console display and controller to play with a multitude of apps.
MINI Connected communicates with the ECU and gives you two special aps. The first is Driving Excitement, which offers features such as a Force Meter and other performance parameters. You are also invited to earn points by driving in a sporty manner.
While this play may become less interesting after a while, we liked the way in which the app turns the engine and the ECU into characters that talk to you, as well as to each other, using the car's speakers. Push the Sport button and you'll understand.
At the other end of the driving behavior scale, we find the MINIMALISM analyzer, which gives you advice for eco driving. Of course, a point-awarding system is also offered here.
If you are determined enough, you'll also be able to compare your scores online with others who keep track of MINI's points. Who knows, maybe your girlfriend is giggling because she beat you at this game and you haven't noticed yet. Or perhaps she's just extra ticklish today.
Apart from this, there are loads of social media and music streaming apps, with the most recent one belonging to the latter category. We are talking about music-on-demand specialist Deezer, which promises to flood the cabin of your MINI with 25 million tracks.Continue reading