Armrest vs. Handbrake - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mini Cooper: Armrest vs. Handbrake

October 10, 2014

2014 Mini Cooper

Here's something that bugs me about our long-term Mini: the center console. On one hand, I'm glad there's a handbrake instead of a button or pedal, so I can reenact scenes from the Italian Job. Ahhh, Charlize... Where was I? Oh, right, the Mini. The problem is, it doesn't clear the armrest. And the issues don't stop there.

The armrest is hinged at the rear so it'll flip up out of the way. Lift the handbrake and it bumps into the armrest. Every time I drop the handbrake I also have to lower the armrest in order to operate the iDrive-like controller because the dial is mounted a bit too low to reach, otherwise.

Seems to me that Mini should have shaped the armrest to accommodate the handbrake, or vice versa. Or perhaps they could have positioned the iDrive-y controller in a better spot?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 2,735 Miles

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