2007 Mini Cooper S: Customization
September 24, 2007
The customization aspect of the new Mini Cooper has always been one of the car's major strengths in my opinion. The range of features and styling choices for the car (Mini says there are 10,000,000 different permutations for the second-generation) remind me of the customization possible on Porsche's cars. The only problem is that adding a lot of cool stuff results in a not-so-mini price.
Building your own Mini can be good waste of a few minutes. Our long-term car comes pretty close to how I'd want mine if I were buying a Cooper S. But there are two missing features that I'd have to get.
Cruise control: Yep, doesn't come standard, and it's a drag not having it on our car. The Premium Package includes cruise/audio steering-wheel controls plus the double sunroof and automatic climate control. But if you only want cruise control, $1,400 is pretty steep. You can order the multifunction wheel separately for $330.
Get Rid Of The Dopey Speedometer: I wish this was an option, but it's not. The closest you can get is to order the $2,100 Navigation/Computer. But $2,100? Sheeh.
For that kind of cash, I'd really hope to get something more. A Buck Rogers Dr. Theopolis option, for instance. Not that would be worth $2,100.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,372 miles