2007 Mini Cooper S: Bring the Heat!
January 18, 2008
I try to imagine which features would still bother me after driving a car for a year. In our 2007 Mini Cooper S, it's the HVAC controls. They are small and poorly positioned and would always be difficult to operate, especially since this car is fast and twitchy. Try looking away from the road while navigating traffic and attempting to stab a small button that's poorly labeled...
It was cold this morning and I had to work the heat and fan buttons while driving. I couldn't tell at what level they were set so I knew how to get more heat and get it where I wanted it. So it was trial and error: burn-freeze-burn-freeze.
But nothing was as poorly positioned as the aux jack. The only way to locate it was by feel since it is on the roof of the storage compartment (see the wire in this photo). This is something you would never get used to since you would have to lie upside down in the car to see it.
It amazing how schizophrenic this car is. The driving experience couldn't be better. The interior couldn't be more illogical.
Philip Reed, Edmunds Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 9,646 miles