Tiny Annoyance - 2007 Mini Cooper S Long-Term Road Test

2007 MINI Cooper Long Term Road Test

2007 Mini Cooper S: Tiny Annoyance

January 16, 2008

Getting into our long-term Mini always feels like a treat, but the logic of its stereo head unit is a continual irritation. Fortunately, it will only bother people like me who still listen to CDs. Here's the deal: Often, if the previous driver was listening to the radio, the Mini's stereo will not switch formats when you insert a CD. If I want to hear my CD, I have to tap the "audio" button a couple times or hit audio and use the twister knob...

Not a big deal, but between this and the stereo's tendency to restart CD tracks that were in progress the last time you shut off the car, it's clear this is not the most ergonomic interface Mini could have come up with.

Aside from that issue, I'm looking forward to putting my affection for the car on the line this weekend when I drive it to Flagstaff, Arizona.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 9,510 miles

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